- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005

ISRAEL

Palestinians attack border military post

HEBRON, West Bank — Palestinian militants shot and wounded two Israeli border policemen yesterday in an attack on a military post near a West Bank shrine, the latest attempt to disrupt a delicate cease-fire.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, reacting to the attack, said Jews would continue to live and pray in Hebron, endorsing the settler presence in the tense city.

Despite the violence, both sides reported progress in transferring West Bank cities to Palestinian security control after weeks of deadlock over Israeli roadblocks. The town of Tulkarm is to be transferred today.

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet today to discuss the transfer of West Bank towns, the highest-level negotiations on the issue.

NEPAL

Government forces kill 30 Maoist rebels

KATMANDU — Government forces killed at least 30 Maoist rebels in Nepal, the army said yesterday, in one of the most deadly clashes since King Gyanendra fired the government and seized power last month to put down the rebellion.

The fighting in the western district of Arghakhanchi, a rebel stronghold, occurred Friday when the Maoists attacked the district’s headquarters and set several government offices on fire, the army said.

Reports of the fighting came as Nepal assured its giant neighbor and key ally, India, that King Gyanendra would soon relax some emergency measures he took after assuming full power and suspending civil rights.

SERBIA-MONTENEGRO

Yugoslav army chief surrenders to tribunal

THE HAGUE — The Yugoslav army’s wartime leader surrendered to the U.N. war- crimes tribunal yesterday to face charges stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s, including killings and other attacks on civilians.

Gen. Momcilo Perisic was indicted last week for his suspected role in atrocities committed by his troops in Croatia and Bosnia over a five-year period. Tribunal spokesman Jim Landale confirmed Gen. Perisic’s arrival in the Netherlands.

The general, a one-time ally of former President Slobodan Milosevic, is the fourth-ranking Serb commander since January to announce his readiness to be tried by the U.N. tribunal.

NORWAY

Police recover 3 stolen paintings

OSLO — Police recovered three works by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in a raid yesterday, a day after they were stolen from a hotel. But his iconic work “The Scream,” taken in a separate theft last year, still is missing.

Police said several people, some with foreign background, have been arrested since the raid last night. The recovered paintings include a 1915 Munch watercolor, “Blue Dress,” and two lithographs — a self-portrait and a portrait of Swedish playwright and novelist August Strindberg.

“The Scream,” showing a terrified waif figure under a blood-red sky, and “Madonna” were stolen from Oslo’s Munch Museum in front of dozens of tourists last August.

SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria to change to Tshwane

PRETORIA — South Africa’s capital city Pretoria yesterday took a step closer to changing its name to Tshwane and seeing the moniker once associated with the apartheid regime disappear from maps.

At a special meeting, the African National Congress-led 152-member City Council voted in favor of the plan. The city of 2 million was named originally by white Afrikaner settlers after Boer hero Pretorius in the 1850s.

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