- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2005


Barghouti quits Fatah, starts party

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Young Palestinian activists announced yesterday they are splitting from the ruling Fatah movement and forming their own party headed by jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti ahead of next month’s parliamentary election, a bitter blow to Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.

Kadoura Fares, a leader of the young activists, said they had presented their own list of candidates for the election, just an hour before the deadline for registering candidates.

Earlier Barghouti’s wife entered election headquarters to formally present the list of candidates for the new party, called the Future.

Barghouti, serving five life terms in an Israeli prison, has won West Bank primary elections conducted by Fatah, but veteran Fatah leaders, headed by Mr. Abbas, tried to insert old-guard figures in the list ahead of the younger leaders, setting off a rebellion.


Islamic group’s leader arrested

DHAKA — Bangladesh’s elite security force said yesterday it has arrested the military head of a militant group that is waging a deadly bombing campaign to impose Islamic law in the majority-Muslim country.

“We have caught Ataur Rahman Sunny, the military head of Jamayetul Mujahideen, from a hide-out in Dhaka today,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mahbubul Haq Molla, a senior officer of the Rapid Action Battalion.


Israelis fire missile, killing 4 militants

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Israeli military fired a missile yesterday at a car in northern Gaza suspected of carrying militants about to conduct an assault. Four Palestinians were killed and four were wounded, Palestinian hospital officials said.

Witnesses said an Israeli drone was overhead at the time of the attack outside Karni, Gaza’s main cargo passage.


Major expansion of arms started

SYDNEY — Australia has announced a major program to expand and upgrade its military forces to cope with increasing commitments at home and abroad.

Prime Minister John Howard, who dispatched troops in support of the U.S.-led invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq, said the government would need to commit ever-increasing funding to defense in the years ahead.

“We cannot send men and women into danger without giving them the best available equipment and giving them the best possible opportunities to defend themselves,” he said.


Mandela offers to bury Williams

JOHANNESBURG — Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has offered to help fulfill the final wish of executed former Los Angeles gang leader Stanley “Tookie” Williams and hold his burial in South Africa, a newspaper reported yesterday.

A spokesman for the former wife of Nelson Mandela told the Afrikaans daily Beeld that she will “honor her promise” to Williams, who had expressed a desire to be buried in South Africa.

Williams, who was found guilty of four killings but became an anti-violence crusader on death row.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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