- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2005

YEMEN

Money broker quizzed in Egypt

SAN’A — Egyptian authorities arrested a Yemeni businessman and his son on suspicion of involvement in financing terrorism, reports said yesterday.

The semi-official daily September 26 quoted a Yemeni official as saying Kassem al-Akkab, a financial dealer and money exchange broker, and his son, Waleed, had been held in Egypt for more than a month.

“Egyptian authorities are investigating the fate of some $150,000, which al-Akkab transferred from Yemen to Egypt to finance trade transactions by Yemeni businessmen,” the source said.

BAHRAIN

Pilgrims’ displays anger Sunni rulers

MANAMA — Bahrain has protested to Tehran after pictures of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were raised by Bahrainis celebrating the Shi’ite Muslim religious festival of Ashura last month, an official said yesterday.

Foreign Minister Sheik Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa called in the Iranian ambassador in Manama last week to voice his government’s “displeasure,” the official told Agence France-Presse.

“Raising pictures of Iran’s supreme leader and flags of [Lebanon’s Shi’ite movement] Hezbollah in several places is tantamount to provocation,” said the official, adding that it raises questions about the allegiance of the people involved.

TURKEY

Unbiased study urged of genocide claims

ANKARA — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called yesterday for an unbiased study by historians of claims that millions of Armenians were the victims of genocide under Ottoman Turkish rule during World War I.

“We have already opened our archives to those who claim there was genocide. If they are sincere, they should also open their archives,” Mr. Erdogan told reporters after talks with opposition leader Deniz Baykal.

Weekly notes

A NATO plane, 7,015 police and an anti-aircraft battery were deployed to Madrid yesterday to provide security for an international conference on terrorism. The measures are intended to protect the event, which is to end Friday, when the city will mark the first anniversary of the train bombings blamed on al Qaeda that killed 191 persons. More than a dozen heads of state and government are expected over the course of the conference, as well as 200 specialists from 52 countries. … Israel will turn over control of the West Bank cities of Jericho and Tulkarm to the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said last night. “In the coming days, we will apparently transfer control,” Mr. Mofaz said after a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

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