- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 19, 2004


Some U.S. troops will remain

STUTTGART — The United States will maintain a “significant” troop presence in Germany and even expand some bases, a senior U.S. commander said yesterday, despite the planned withdrawal of two Cold War-era divisions in the next decade.

Gen. Charles F. Wald, deputy head of the U.S. military’s European Command, also said major Air Force installations in Germany would be untouched by troop realignment plans announced by President Bush this week.

Mr. Bush said the realignment ultimately would bring up to 70,000 troops — plus about 100,000 family members and civilian workers — back to the United States. Major shifts would not begin before 2006.


Chimpanzees may join ranks of homeless

AMSTERDAM — Dozens of chimpanzees from a Dutch laboratory face a housing crisis after plans for their early retirement on the Spanish coast collapsed because of residents’ fears that they would carry infectious diseases.

The simian saga illustrates the dilemma of what to do with research chimps as more countries decide it is no longer acceptable to use mankind’s closest genetic relative for experiments.

The Dutch government agreed to pay for 39 healthy chimps to move to a state-of-the-art facility planned near the town of Relleu, Spain. But Relleu has refused to grant a permit because residents fear that the chimps carry diseases.


Future prime minister wins needed seat

ISLAMABAD — Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz was set to become Pakistan’s prime minister next week, after he convincingly won the parliamentary seat that he needed in order to take up the post, officials said yesterday.

Mr. Aziz, who narrowly escaped assassination when a suicide bomber attacked him on the campaign trail three weeks ago, won two by-elections by huge margins on yesterday, amid opposition claims of vote-rigging.


Delay sought in U.S. withdrawal

SEOUL — South Korea is asking the United States to delay plans to slash the number of U.S. troops based on the divided Korean Peninsula during talks that started yesterday on the future of their military cooperation, a government official said.

Washington has notified Seoul of its plans to withdraw 12,500 of about 37,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea by the end of 2005, forcing South Korea’s military to shoulder more responsibility for defending against any military aggression from North Korea.


Workers remember 22 slain colleagues

GENEVA — In somber gatherings on three continents, United Nations employees remembered 22 slain colleagues yesterday a year after a truck bomb shattered U.N. offices in Baghdad. It was an attack that “brought us face to face with danger in a new and more intimidating form,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

U.N. officials in New York and Amman, Jordan, watched a telecast of Mr. Annan’s remarks at simultaneous observances recalling the bombing on Aug. 19, 2003, which many U.N. employees call “our September 11” and has brought a fundamental shift in U.N. operations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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