- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 12, 2005

BRITAIN

Labor Party cheers new terrorism law

LONDON — Britain’s governing Labor Party claimed victory yesterday for pushing through its anti-terrorism law after an acrimonious two-day debate in Parliament. The opposition said it had forced the government to make key changes to the legislation.

Hours after the new law was passed, Home Secretary Charles Clarke signed control orders imposing restrictions on the 10 terrorist suspects who had been released as Parliament debated.

The suspects, who had been detained without trial for up to three years, face a nighttime curfew and severe restrictions on their activities.

The law allows terrorist suspects to be put under house arrest or curfew or electronically tagged without charge or trial.

TURKEY

Quake hits southeast, killing 15 persons

ANKARA — A strong earthquake shook southeastern Turkey yesterday, injuring 15 persons and damaging some 150 houses, authorities said.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 5.7, was centered in Karliova, a town in rural Bingol province, 430 miles east of Ankara, the Istanbul-based Kandilli observatory said.

The government sent tents, blankets and other relief to the snow-covered area.

FRANCE

Family torment detailed in trial

ANGERS — Defendants painted a grim picture of family torment during a pedophilia trial where one woman said she had been raped by her adoptive father and attempted to explain why she never reported the abuse of her own children.

Friday was the second day of questioning of some of the 66 persons accused of involvement in the rape, sexual abuse and prostitution of children — some too young to walk — in this city 165 miles southwest of Paris.

Investigators say 45 children — ages 6 months to 14 years — were abused by their parents or their acquaintances from 1999 to 2002, in some cases in exchange for small amounts of money, food, cigarettes or alcohol.

PORTUGAL

Socrates vows friendly U.S. ties

LISBON — Jose Socrates was sworn in as Portugal’s prime minister yesterday, vowing to keep friendly ties with the United States despite naming a foreign minister who has compared President Bush to Hitler.

Mr. Socrates, who ousted a Social Democratic government in elections last month, raised eyebrows last week when he named law professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral his foreign minister.

Mr. Freitas do Amaral has compared Mr. Bush to Hitler in putting national sovereignty above international law.

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