- The Washington Times - Friday, August 19, 2005

BANGLADESH

Two killed while making bombs

DHAKA — Two persons were killed in Bangladesh when bombs they were making exploded yesterday as authorities interrogated dozens of suspects over this week’s barrage of bombings across the country, police said.

The bombs went off prematurely in western Meherpur district, 206 miles from the capital, Dhaka, a police officer said.

Earlier yesterday, a senior police official said two persons arrested over Wednesday’s attacks, which killed two and wounded 100, had confessed to being members of the banned Islamic group Jamaat-ul-Mujahedeen. A Bangladesh madrassa student found with a video of speeches by Osama bin Laden and military training tactics was among 100 persons held.

More than 350 small homemade bombs exploded Wednesday in almost every town and city in Bangladesh.

NEPAL

Unilever shutters kingdom operations

KATMANDU — Threats from communist insurgents in Nepal has forced Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever PLC to close a plant in the Himalayan nation.

Unilever Nepal Ltd., which is 80-percent owned by Unilever’s Indian subsidiary, was shuttered after Maoist guerrillas and the All Nepal Trade Union issued a series of demands, including higher pay, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported yesterday.

INDIA

U.S. increases aid to fight AIDS

NEW DELHI — The United States will provide India with $30 million in aid this year to combat AIDS, the U.S. envoy to New Delhi said.

“The U.S. government has made health in India a priority and India is one of the five high priority countries under President Bush’s HIV initiative,” Ambassador David C. Mulford said Thursday.

The initiative was agreed to in a meeting between Mr. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington last month.

AFGHANISTAN

Karzai urges national unity

KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday urged candidates in next month’s parliamentary and provincial polls to work for national unity and promised that his government would not interfere in the vote.

Mr. Karzai also said in an Independence Day speech “terrorists” were trying to block his country’s progress but they would fail.

Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar also issued an Independence Day message, calling on the Afghan people to help the Taliban in their jihad, or holy war, against U.S. forces and Mr. Karzai’s government, a Taliban spokesman said.

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