- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 12, 2005


Oldest civilization in Europe unearthed

LONDON — Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of Europe’s oldest civilization, the Independent newspaper said yesterday.

More than 150 large temples, constructed between 4800 B.C. and 4600 B.C., have been unearthed in fields and cities in Germany, Austria and Slovakia, predating the pyramids in Egypt by some 2,000 years, the newspaper revealed.

The network of temples, made of earth and wood, were constructed by a religious people whose economy appears to have been based on livestock farming, the Independent reported.


Warrants sought for Uganda rebels

PARIS — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, is seeking his first arrest warrants, for the head of Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and one of his deputies, a press report said yesterday.

The French daily Le Monde, quoting unidentified court sources, said the warrants targeted LRA leader Joseph Kony and another top official of the group, who was not identified.

The warrants, the first since the court in The Hague was established in 2002 to deal with cases of war crimes and genocide, must be approved by the ICC’s judges before they can be issued, Le Monde noted.


U.S. military stops nonessential training

SEOUL — The commander of the U.S. military based in South Korea yesterday ordered the suspension of all nonessential training and services for a safety review after a fatal accident involving a civilian.

A 51-year-old woman was struck and killed by a U.S. military truck on Friday just north of Seoul. The U.S. military was quick to apologize for the accident, which is being investigated by South Korean police.


Kin of war dead urge consideration

TOKYO — Families of Japan’s war dead urged Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi yesterday to show more consideration for other Asian countries over his pilgrimages to a war shrine in Tokyo, a press report said.

Mr. Koizumi has outraged China, South Korea and other nations invaded by Japan in the 20th century with his annual visits to the Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including 14 top or Class-A war criminals.

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