- The Washington Times - Monday, June 6, 2005


Referendum decision could come today

LONDON — Britain is expected today to consign the European Union constitution to limbo after voters in France and the Netherlands overwhelmingly rejected it.

Afraid of being the first government to publicly declare it dead and therefore bear the blame for its demise, Britain is likely to indefinitely postpone the government bill that would pave the way for a promised referendum.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday that Foreign Secretary Jack Straw would make a statement on the constitution to Parliament today.


Police charge two in U.S. teen’s case

ORANJESTAD — Two men were charged yesterday in connection with the disappearance last week of an American teenager who was visiting the island with classmates to celebrate their high school graduation, Aruba’s attorney general said.

Authorities on the Dutch Caribbean island also requested a special diving team from the FBI because of rough currents in some areas, said Attorney General Caren Janssen.

The arrests came nearly a week after Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared during a five-day trip to Aruba with more than 100 other classmates from Mountain Brook High School, near Birmingham, Ala.

The men — ages 28 and 30 — were arrested yesterday morning at two separate homes. Authorities impounded three vehicles found at the two homes, and a team of more than a dozen FBI agents will help perform forensic testing on them, police said.


International court to take up Darfur

THE HAGUE — The International Criminal Court will open a formal investigation into complaints of war crimes in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, officials said yesterday.

The court has been analyzing the situation in Darfur since the United Nations referred to it charges of rape, murder and plunder in April.


Cruise missile test called a success

TAIPEI — Taiwan successfully test-fired a locally developed cruise missile capable of striking southeastern areas of mainland China, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The missile cruised about 300 miles before hitting a dummy target at sea off outlying Green Island, the China Times quoted an unidentified military source as saying.

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