- The Washington Times - Friday, February 4, 2005


Tymoshenko approved as prime minister

KIEV — Parliament unanimously approved opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister yesterday, along with her government’s new program to raise living standards, tackle corruption and set Ukraine on a Western course.

Miss Tymoshenko played a major role in helping secure Viktor Yushchenko’s victory over former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych in a repeat presidential election Dec. 26. But her penchant for provocative statements and her unpopularity in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east are likely to make her controversial.


Authorities end hunt for missing plane

KABUL — NATO and Afghan forces suspended their ground and air search as darkness closed yesterday for an Afghan passenger jet carrying 104 persons that disappeared from radar screens during a snowstorm near the mountain-ringed capital.

NATO and Afghan officials denied statements from Turkish officials that parts of the wreckage had been located 20 miles southeast of Kabul.


Psychiatric symptoms feared for detainees

GENEVA — U.N. human rights specialists yesterday expressed concern that “irreversible psychiatric symptoms” could develop among terror suspects entering a fourth year of virtual solitary confinement at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The specialists noted some positive developments at Guantanamo last year, including the release of a number of inmates. “These developments are, however, insufficient to dispel the serious concerns,” the specialists said.


Tsunami relief is questioned

COLOMBO — About 400 survivors of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami blocked a Sri Lankan road yesterday to protest corruption in aid distribution, and the government suspended two officials for mishandling relief and pledged to investigate 10 others on similar charges.

Despite millions of dollars in aid pouring into Sri Lanka since the Dec. 26 tsunami, 70 percent of survivors haven’t received anything because of bureaucratic bungling and incompetence, Sri Lanka’s chief of relief operations said this week.


Police raid secret political meeting

KATMANDU — Dozens of paramilitary police raided an underground political meeting and rounded up a group of party officials yesterday, days after the king seized power and banned public gatherings in the Himalayan kingdom.

About 50 members of the Nepali Congress Democratic Party had gathered in the yard of its headquarters when the police arrived and surrounded the building. It was not clear whether the party members were arrested.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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