- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2005


Annan tells U.S. why report delayed

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice he was delaying the release of a report on Syria until Tuesday so the United Nations can confirm the pullout of all Syrian forces from Lebanon, Mr. Annan’s chief of staff said yesterday.

Mr. Annan spoke to Syrian President Bashar Assad and is “very optimistic” that all troops and intelligence operatives will be out of Lebanon by Tuesday, staff chief Mark Malloch Brown said.

Miss Rice phoned Mr. Annan on Sunday expressing concern about his decision to postpone the report by a week and stressed that the international community “was firm and united in its view that Syria needed to withdraw from Lebanon fully and immediately,” State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said.


Trial begins on overthrow plot

MUSCAT — Eleven persons went on trial in Oman yesterday on charges of plotting to overthrow the pro-Western Arab state’s government, the official Oman News Agency reported.

The 11, who have denied the charges, were among 31 suspects rounded up and accused of forming an illegal underground group with the aim of establishing Islamic clerical rule in the sultanate by force. The other 20 were charged earlier this week.

The suspects, who include preachers, Islamic scholars, university professors and government figures, were detained in December.


Feeding tube will remain

LECCO — Italy’s Supreme Court yesterday rejected a man’s appeal to remove a feeding tube keeping his daughter alive, weeks after a bitter row over brain-damaged Terri Schiavo divided the United States.

The Italian court confirmed an earlier ruling that called feeding Eluana Englaro, in a vegetative state after a 1992 car crash, a “necessary act.”

It said a decision to remove the tube required “valuations of life and death that are rooted in concepts of an ethical or religious nature, which are extrajudicial,” and said that the issue was also outside the powers of Miss Englaro’s father.


U.N. panel urges democracy restoration

GENEVA — The top U.N. human rights body called on Nepal yesterday to restore multiparty democracy and civil and political rights suspended under emergency measures.

The 53-nation Commission on Human Rights, holding its annual six-week session in Geneva, also accused Nepal’s Maoist rebels of unlawful killings, rape and recruiting large numbers of child soldiers.

King Gyanendra, vowing to end a nine-year-old revolt in the impoverished Himalayan country, imposed a state of emergency on Feb. 1, detained politicians and suspended civil liberties.


Ankara renews U.S. base deal

ANKARA — Turkey said yesterday it would extend for another year an agreement allowing the United States to use its Incirlik air base for planes supplying U.S. and allied forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said it was still awaiting notification and said it was not clear whether Turkey would grant its request for a widening of the terms of the existing deal, including blanket clearance for all flights.


Terrorism suspect runs for office

LONDON — A British terrorism suspect jailed while fighting extradition to the United States will stand for Parliament in next month’s British election from his prison cell, the political party backing him said yesterday.

Computer specialist Babar Ahmad, 30, has been indicted in the United States for running a Web site that raised funds for Muslim militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

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