- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 14, 2004

2004 deadly for journalists

BRUSSELS — More than 100 journalists have been killed since January, making 2004 the deadliest year for journalists in a decade, an international media rights group said.

The slayings of three journalists in recent days in Ivory Coast, Nicaragua and the Philippines pushed the total this year to 101, the International Federation of Journalists said Friday.

The organization recorded 83 killings of media staff in 2003 and 70 in 2002. The deadliest year for journalists since the organization began compiling annual reports in 1988 was 1994, when 115 were killed, including 48 during the genocide in Rwanda.

NETHERLANDS

MOSQUE TORCHED IN SUSPECTED ATTACK

THE HAGUE — FLAMES ENGULFED A MOSQUE IN SOUTHEASTERN NETHERLANDS EARLY YESTERDAY, THE LATEST IN A STRING OF FIRES AT MUSLIM INSTITUTIONS SINCE THE KILLING OF A DUTCH FILMMAKER WHO WAS CRITICAL OF ISLAM.

A LOCAL BROADCASTER SAID THE BUILDING, IN THE VILLAGE OF HELDEN NEAR THE GERMAN BORDER, WAS DESTROYED.

MORE THAN 20 INCIDENTS OF FIRES OR VANDALISM AT MUSLIM BUILDINGS — AND A SMALL NUMBER OF RETALIATORY ATTACKS ON CHRISTIAN CHURCHES — HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THE NOV. 2 KILLING OF FILMMAKER THEO VAN GOGH BY A MUSLIM FANATIC.

INDIA

WILD ELEPHANTS FLATTEN HOUSES, DRINK BEER

GAUHATI — WILD ELEPHANT HERDS HAVE TERRORIZED INDIA’S REMOTE NORTHEAST, KILLING PEOPLE, FLATTENING HOUSES AND EVEN GUZZLING LOCAL RICE BEER, WHICH PROMPTED VILLAGERS TO RETALIATE AGAINST THE ANIMALS WITH FIRECRACKERS AND BONFIRES.

WITH AN ESTIMATED 5,000 ELEPHANTS, ASSAM STATE HAS THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF WILD ASIATIC ELEPHANTS IN INDIA, SAID M.C. MALAKAR, ASSAM’S CHIEF WILDLIFE WARDEN.

THE BIG HERDS, FACED WITH SHRINKING FOREST COVER AND HUMAN ENCROACHMENT OF THEIR CORRIDORS, VENTURE INTO HUMAN SETTLEMENTS LOOKING FOR FOOD AND ATTACK THOSE WHO TRY TO STOP THEM.

PANAMA

SUPPORT ASSURED IN TERRORISM WAR

PANAMA CITY — PANAMA’S SECURITY CHIEF TOLD DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD H. RUMSFELD YESTERDAY THE CENTRAL AMERICAN NATION WAS WORKING TO PREVENT ANY TERROR ATTACK THAT MIGHT CLOSE THE PANAMA CANAL.

MR. RUMSFELD MET PANAMANIAN PRESIDENT MARTIN TORRIJOS AND HECTOR ALEMAN, MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT AND JUSTICE, ON THE THIRD LEG OF A LATIN AMERICAN TRIP TO HIGHLIGHT SECURITY IN THE AMERICAS. MR. ALEMAN ASSURED MR. RUMSFELD THAT PANAMA POURED MONEY AND GLOBAL COOPERATION INTO SAFETY MEASURES.

UNDER THE PANAMA CANAL TREATIES SIGNED THREE DECADES AGO, THE UNITED STATES AT THE END OF 1999 TURNED OVER TO PANAMA JURISDICTION AND OPERATION OF THE KEY WATERWAY, THROUGH WHICH MILLIONS OF TONS OF GOODS TRANSIT DAILY BETWEEN THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC OCEANS.

IRAN

ATOMIC EXPERTS ARRIVE FOR ROUTINE INSPECTIONS

VIENNA, AUSTRIA — A TEAM OF EXPERTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY (IAEA) HERE HAVE ARRIVED IN IRAN TO CARRY OUT ROUTINE INSPECTIONS, A SPOKESMAN OF THE UNITED NATIONS ATOMIC AGENCY SAID YESTERDAY.

THE IAEA HAS CONDUCTED ROUTINE INSPECTIONS IN IRAN SINCE FEBRUARY LAST YEAR.

BRITAIN, FRANCE AND GERMANY ARE TRYING TO STRIKE A DEAL FOR IRAN TO SUSPEND ALL URANIUM ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES SO THAT THE IAEA WILL NOT, AS WASHINGTON WANTS, SEND THE DOSSIER TO THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL, WHICH CAN IMPOSE PUNISHING SANCTIONS.

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