- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 18, 2005


Stem-cell claims to be investigated

SEOUL — A former colleague of South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk said yesterday he will test laboratory samples to determine if all of the stem-cell lines in Mr. Hwang’s research were faked.

Roh Sung-il, whose name appears on the scientific article that made the research findings known, also told the Associated Press he wasn’t aware of the paper until it appeared in the journal Science in May.

“Usually a paper is circulated between co-authors before it gets published,” Mr. Roh said. “But due to security concerns, the paper was written just between professor Hwang and professor Gerald Schatten,” a University of Pittsburgh researcher who worked closely with Mr. Hwang before severing ties over ethics lapses in Mr. Hwang’s research.

Mr. Hwang on Friday acknowledged “fatal errors” in the May article and said he has asked Science to withdraw the paper.


Floods, landslides take deadly toll

HANOI — Floods and landslides have claimed at least 47 lives in central Vietnam in the past two weeks, disaster officials said yesterday.

Six other persons were reported missing after heavy rains swept through five provinces.

Officials had reported 13 deaths earlier in the week.


Thieves hijack two-ton statue

LONDON — Thieves using a flatbed truck and a crane snatched a two-ton Henry Moore bronze of a reclining figure from the grounds of the late sculptor’s foundation north of London, police said yesterday.

The sculpture, valued at more than $5.2 million, was stolen Thursday night from the artist’s Hertfordshire county estate, authorities said in a prepared statement.

They said they were investigating all potential motives for the crime, including the possibility that the thieves planned to melt the sculpture and sell it for scrap.


Unions cry ‘Scrooge’ as bonuses canceled

PARIS — Staff at Euro Disney’s troubled theme park east of Paris will go without their Christmas bonuses for the first time since the attraction opened in 1992. Several unions branded the decision as an “affront.”

Blaming poor results, management has eliminated the $120 handout to 7,000 to 7,500 employees, said David Charpentier, a delegate of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor.


Bomb materials seized in raid

DHAKA — Police said yesterday they seized two large caches of bomb-making materials and arrested five suspected members of a banned Islamic group that has been blamed for a wave of deadly bombings in this South Asian nation.

Bomb materials, including large quantities of a gel explosive and about 2,000 detonators, were seized late Friday during raids on two houses in Rajshahi district, 145 miles northwest of Dhaka, the capital, a police statement said.

Also yesterday, police acting on a tip seized another cache of bomb materials and at least 26 homemade bombs apparently abandoned in the northern district of Rangpur, police official Aminul Islam said.

Muslim militants are waging a bombing campaign in an effort to establish strict Islamic rule in this Muslim-majority country of about 140 million people.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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