- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 10, 2004

SUDAN

Government agrees to Darfur no-fly zone

ABUJA, Nigeria — Sudan bowed to international pressure yesterday for a ban on military flights over the Darfur region, where 1.5 million people have been forced from their homes, and signed two landmark peace deals with rebels.

After two weeks of talks in the Nigerian capital, the government dropped its opposition to the no-fly zone and signed agreements with rebels covering security and access for aid to Darfur, scene of what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The government’s reversal comes 10 days before a U.N. Security Council meeting at which Sudan could have seen sanctions imposed on its oil industry because of lack of progress in the talks and deteriorating security in Darfur.



IRAN

Progress claimed in missile production

TEHRAN — Iran said yesterday that it is now able to make large numbers of its medium-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile, which defense analysts think is capable of hitting Israel or U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf.

Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani, speaking at a defense industry building inauguration, joked that Iran could now produce the missiles like its auto industry churns out the country’s best-selling car, the Paykan.

NETHERLANDS

Filmmaker cremated amid revenge fears

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands mourned filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was killed last week by a suspected Islamic militant, while Dutch Muslims rallied yesterday to urge reconciliation after a wave of attacks on mosques and churches.

A 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan has been charged with the murder Nov. 2 of Mr. van Gogh, whose criticism of Islam enraged Muslims. His funeral, attended by friends and family, was broadcast live on national television.

Since Mr. van Gogh was killed, a wave of arson attacks has targeted at least eight mosques.

COLOMBIA

Former Cali drug bossto be extradited

BOGOTA — The former boss of the Cali cocaine cartel will be sent to face charges in the United States under an extradition order signed by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a government spokesman said yesterday.

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 65, said to have controlled 80 percent of the world cocaine supply in the 1980s and 1990s, will be extradited in the coming days to face trafficking and money laundering charges.

Rodriguez Orejuela will be the highest-profile drug chief to be sent to the U. S. to face justice since Colombia lifted a ban on extraditions in 1997.

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