- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 12, 2004


Fox hunters crash Cherie Blair party

LONDON — About 150 protesters staged a pro-hunting demonstration yesterday outside British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official country residence, where a party celebrating the 50th birthday of his wife Cherie was under way.

One man, naked but for a mask of Tony Blair, hung a sign backing fox hunting from his hips, while a topless woman impersonating Cherie Blair posed outside the gates of Chequers, the residence northwest of London, with “Blair All” written on her chest.

Mr. Blair’s government has threatened to force a ban on fox hunting through Parliament over objections from the House of Lords.


Opposition member ‘tortured’ to death

KHARTOUM — A member of Sudan’s opposition Islamist Popular Congress has been tortured to death in detention by security forces, a party official said yesterday.

The security services said last week they had arrested 33 members of Hassan al-Turabi’s Popular Congress for plotting sabotage with help from Sudan’s eastern neighbor Eritrea.

“Shamseddin Idriss … died from brain damage and his hand and also his leg was broken,” Mr. al-Turabi’s secretary, Awad Babiker, said. “He was tortured.”

The Interior Ministry said it had no information on the case.


Orthodox leader dies in helicopter crash

ATHENS — The Patriarch of Alexandria, Peter VII, one of the most senior figures in the Greek Orthodox Church, was killed yesterday along with 16 others in a helicopter crash in the Aegean Sea, officials said.

The patriarch, the spiritual leader of Greek Orthodox Christians in Africa, was heading to the Mount Athos monastery in northern Greece in an army helicopter when the aircraft disappeared from radar screens.

The Greek government confirmed the death of the 55-year-old patriarch, who was the second-most senior figure in the Greek Orthodox Church.


South’s experiments spur nuclear efforts

SEOUL — North Korea said yesterday that South Korea’s secret nuclear experiments involving uranium and plutonium make the communist state more determined to pursue its own nuclear programs, a news report said.

A spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry condemned the South Korean nuclear experiments, conducted in 1982 and 2000, as “clearly of military nature,” according to Pyongyang’s official news agency KCNA, monitored by South Korea’s national news agency Yonhap.

South Korea said Thursday that it extracted a tiny amount of plutonium, a key element for making atomic bombs, in a nuclear experiment in 1982.

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