- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005


Powell mocks European shock

LONDON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell hinted that Europeans were being insincere in expressing shock about the rendition of terror suspects, in an interview broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corp. yesterday.

Mr. Powell said the practice of transporting suspects via third countries outside U.S. jurisdiction was not “new or unknown” in Europe.

“Most of our European friends cannot be shocked that this kind of thing takes place,” he told BBC television. “There’s a little bit of the movie ‘Casablanca’ in this, where, you know, the inspector says ‘I’m shocked, shocked that this kind of thing takes place.’”


El Gordo lottery fatter than ever

MADRID — The Spanish Christmas lottery known as “El Gordo” — the Fat One — is even chubbier this year, with total prize money of $2.4 billion.

An estimated three of every four Spaniards will be holding tickets for the complex sweepstakes. The lottery will be held Thursday in a three-hour televised ceremony that brings Spain to a standstill.

This year’s version of an event that goes back to 1812 sweetens winnings for first-prize tickets by 50 percent.

That means people holding $24 tickets bearing the first-prize number will receive $360,000, up from $240,000 last year, he said.


Anglican attacks secular Christmas

LONDON — The leader of the world’s Anglicans said yesterday that Christmas was under attack by “silly bureaucrats” out to strip the Christianity out of Christmas.

Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, wrote in the Mail yesterday that some people were out to turn the festival into a bland holiday.

“This year, there seems to have been even more stories about the banning of Christian images and words by silly bureaucrats.

“It’s not the Christmas pudding that the authorities will be coming for, but the Christmas crib if some people have their way,” the Church of England leader wrote.


Fox angered by immigration bill

MEXICO CITY — Angered by a bill in the U.S. Congress aimed at cracking down on undocumented workers, Mexican President Vicente Fox urged Americans yesterday not to forget that many of their ancestors immigrated to the United States.

The legislation, which foresees building a high-tech fence on parts of the U.S.-Mexico border to stop illegal aliens, neared passage in the U.S. House last week.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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