- The Washington Times - Monday, November 15, 2004

BRITAIN

Blair to urge end to U.S.-Europe rift

LONDON — Prime Minister Tony Blair in a speech today is to stress the need for Europe and the United States to put differences over Iraq behind them and work together to tackle issues such as Middle East peace.

Mr. Blair, speaking three days after meeting President Bush in Washington, will offer to play a leading role in mending global divisions over Iraq, British officials said.

IVORY COAST

Leader skips summit on his nation’s crisis

ABIDJAN — Nigeria convened an African summit on Ivory Coast’s crisis yesterday without the leader of the embattled nation, who remained holed up in his mansion, increasingly surrounded by hard-liners.

Ivory Coast said it instead was sending its National Assembly president, Mamadou Koulibaly, to an emergency summit called by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in his country’s capital, Abuja.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Protestant outlawsoffer end to violence

BELFAST — Northern Ireland’s largest and most violent outlawed group, the Ulster Defense Association, said yesterday that it will desist from attacks and wants to rejoin peacemaking efforts.

The statement from the anti-Catholic group — which has killed more than 400 people in a self-proclaimed “war” against Irish Republican Army supporters — represents a potentially significant step forward in the province’s decade-old peace process.

CYPRUS

U.S. researcher says he has found Atlantis

LIMASSOL — A U.S. researcher said yesterday that he has discovered the lost civilization of Atlantis off Cyprus.

Robert Sarmast said a Mediterranean basin was flooded around 9,000 B.C., which submerged a rectangular landmass he thinks was Atlantis, lying a mile beneath sea level between Cyprus and Syria.

“We have definitely found it,” said Mr. Sarmast, who led a team of explorers 50 miles off the southeast coast of Cyprus earlier this month.

Deep-water sonar scanning had indicated man-made structures on a submerged hill, including a 2-mile-long wall, a walled hill summit and deep trenches, he said.

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