- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005

ETHIOPIA

Thousands arrested after deadly unrest

ADDIS ABABA — Thousands of people have been arrested across Ethiopia after violent clashes in which police killed 36 persons, a New York-based human rights group reported yesterday.

The political unrest prompted Britain yesterday to suspend a planned $54.1 million increase in aid to Ethiopia, one of the world’s poorest countries. Human Rights Watch said student activists and opposition supporters were rounded up after last week’s fighting.

“Opposition rhetoric may well have contributed to last week’s unrest, but the government must take responsibility for the conduct of its own security forces,” said Georgette Gagnon, Human Rights Watch deputy Africa director. “The security forces have killed dozens of protesters and arbitrarily detained thousands of people across the country.”

UNITED NATIONS

Iran tested plutonium for years, report says

VIENNA, Austria — Iran has acknowledged working with small amounts of plutonium, a nuclear arms component, for years longer than it had originally admitted to the U.N. atomic watchdog agency, according to a confidential report made available to the Associated Press yesterday.

The report, to be delivered as early as today to a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said Tehran received sensitive technology that can be used as part of a weapons program earlier than it originally said it did.

The document said that although Iran had stated its plutonium-separation experiments were conducted in 1993 “and that no plutonium had been separated since then,” Iranian officials revealed two months ago that there had been linked experiments in 1995 and 1998.

The United States insists that nearly two decades of clandestine activities revealed only three years ago indicate attempts by Iran to make weapons. Tehran has acknowledged purchasing much of its nuclear technology on the black market, but it insists that its nuclear ambitions do not go beyond generating power.

PAKISTAN

Gang-rape victim free to go abroad

ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani gang-rape victim may travel abroad after the Pakistani government said yesterday that it had lifted restrictions on her movements after protests from the international press and the U.S. government.

Mukhtaran Mai, who was gang-raped on the orders of a traditional village council in 2002, had demanded that the government allow her to travel after a court ordered the release of 12 men connected with her case.

The State Department called the travel restrictions “outrageous” and said she was welcome to visit the United States.

BRITAIN

Longest-married man dies at 105

LONDON — A British man who with his wife set the record two weeks ago for the world’s longest marriage at 80 years died yesterday at 105, his bishop said.

Percy Arrowsmith and his 100-year-old wife, Florence, celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records on June 1.

Mr. Arrowsmith died at his home in Hereford, northwest of London, with his wife by his side.

ISRAEL

8 Palestinians held in suicide-bomb plot

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces have arrested eight Palestinians, including four teenagers suspected of planning suicide bombings in Israel, security officials said yesterday.

The suspects are affiliated with Fatah, the party of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and were based in the West Bank city of Nablus, the officials said. They said four of the suspects were younger than 18, including two who were 15.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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