- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 20, 2005

CHINA

Joint exercises with Russia continue

BEIJING — Russian and Chinese paratroopers landed along China’s northeastern coast yesterday as some 9,000 soldiers from the two countries began the second stage of their historic first joint military exercises, press reports said.

The war games are the result of warming ties between former Cold War enemies Moscow and Beijing, motivated by growing concern about U.S. dominance of world affairs.

The exercise yesterday on the Shandong Peninsula, which juts into the Yellow Sea, was meant to simulate landing a joint force to stabilize a fictional country.



SWITZERLAND

Symbol of unity stolen by separatists

GENEVA — A historic 165-pound stone that is prized by Swiss traditionalists as a symbol of national unity has been stolen in a suspected protest by a regional separatist group, police said yesterday.

Four men were seen hauling the Unspunnen stone from the lobby of a luxury hotel in Interlaken, in German-speaking central Switzerland, where it was on display ahead of a traditional festival next month, police in Bern canton said.

An underground separatist group called Belier — the ram — stole the Unspunnen stone from a museum in 1984 and evaded authorities for 17 years until the rock was returned in 2001.

BRITAIN

Beatrix Potter farm eyed for preservation

LONDON — Prince Charles is frowning on plans by the National Trust breaking up the Lake District farm once owned by children’s author Beatrix Potter.

Seventy-two-year-old tenant farmer Jonny Birkett is set to retire at the end of the year and once he has, the National Trust plans to break up the 460-acre farm among its four neighbors.

Mr. Birkett said Potter, author of the Peter Rabbit books, would be “turning in her grave” over the breakup of the farm she oversaw herself and had willed to the National Trust, the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

NETHERLANDS

Einstein writing found at university

THE HAGUE — A handwritten account by physics genius Albert Einstein of his last major theory has turned up in the Netherlands at the University of Leiden, near The Hague.

It was found among documents from the library of a former professor and friend of Einstein, Paul Ehrenfest, by a student, Rowdy Boeyink, in the course of his research.

The 16-page manuscript dated 1924 describes the behavior of the atoms of a gas at very low temperatures, a process now known as Bose-Einstein condensation and only proved in 1995.

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