- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 16, 2004

SPAIN

Teen pleads guilty in Madrid bombing

MADRID — The first trial stemming from the Madrid terror bombing ended after only 25 minutes yesterday, when a Spanish teenager, whose identity is protected under Spanish law, pleaded guilty to helping transport the dynamite used in the attack.

IRAN

U.N. nuke probe extends to Dubai

VIENNA, Austria — Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, took environmental samples from three sites in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as part of their investigation into the nuclear black market that supplied Iran and Libya, diplomats said yesterday.

If the samples show that particles of enriched uranium found at sites in Iran were on the equipment before Iran bought it, it would undermine U.S. accusations — denied by Iran — that Tehran had been purifying uranium for use in nuclear arms.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Churches to monitor IRA disarmament

BELFAST — The Irish Republican Army has agreed to let two Catholic and Protestant church officials witness the outlawed group’s next act of disarmament and describe it afterward, officials in the British and Irish governments indicated yesterday.

Officials in both governments said the IRA was offering the move as a way to inspire greater public confidence in the group’s surrender of weapons to disarmament officials. Previous disarmament moves have been shrouded in secrecy.

INDIA

Troops to begin pullout from Kashmir

NEW DELHI — India will begin to pull some of its troops out of Kashmir today, an army official said, coinciding with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s first trip to the troubled region.

In a surprising peace move last week, Mr. Singh said New Delhi would reduce the number of soldiers in its only Muslim-majority state, stationed there to put down a 15-year-old separatist rebellion.

FRANCE

Arafat’s recordsnot to be published

PARIS — France has no intention of making Yasser Arafat’s medical records public and will leave the decision about what to do with them up to his family, the foreign minister said yesterday.

Michel Barnier’s comment came shortly after Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia told the Associated Press he had formally requested that France publish medical records of the late Palestinian leader.

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