- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2005


Soldier jailed in killing of Briton

CAMP BAR-LEV — An Israeli military tribunal sentenced an ex-sergeant to eight years in jail yesterday for killing a British activist who was trying to protect Palestinian civilians during violence in the Gaza Strip in 2003.

Taysir Hayb, a Bedouin Arab soldier, was convicted in June of manslaughter for fatally shooting Tom Hurndall, 22, an activist with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement who died in London in January 2004 after lying in a coma for nine months.

Hayb shot Mr. Hurndall as he helped Palestinian children cross a street to avoid gunfire in Rafah in the occupied Gaza Strip.


Part of money from bank heist found

SAO PAULO — About 1,240 miles from the site of the crime, Brazilian police said yesterday, they recovered a small percentage of the $67.8 million in local currency stolen from the Central Bank in one of the world’s biggest heists.

The 1 million reals, or roughly $434,780, was found inside a Mitsubishi Pajero sport utility vehicle near the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte after a car dealership owner who received cash for the SUV tipped off police.

The stacks of 50 real notes were linked to a heist in the northeastern city of Fortaleza last weekend.


Security Council extends Iraq mission

NEW YORK — The Security Council extended the U.N. mission in Iraq for a year yesterday, reaffirming its leading role in helping to promote a national dialogue that is crucial for the country’s political stability and unity.

The 15-nation council voted unanimously to approve the U.S.-sponsored resolution, which also called on the world body to help the Iraqi people and government develop institutions for representative government.

Earlier this month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a letter to the council recommending a 12-month extension of the U.N. mission, whose current mandate expires today.


Diseases kill 46 after deadly floods

BOMBAY — Waterborne diseases have killed at least 46 persons in Bombay in the past four days after widespread floods in the city last month, officials said yesterday.

About 200 people complaining of fever and vomiting have been admitted to hospitals across Bombay and suburbs, sparking fears of an epidemic. Many deaths were likely caused by leptospirosis, an infection caused by water contamination.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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