- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 29, 2005


U.N. chief views burned village

LABADO — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan toured a refugee camp and a burned town in Darfur yesterday, hearing calls for African troops to play a bigger role in protecting those living in the troubled region of Sudan.

Thousands of refugees welcomed Mr. Annan in Kalma Camp, the biggest in Darfur, before he traveled to Labado, also in South Darfur state, to walk among burned huts and speak to worried owners who have started returning home.


Americans warned of terrorist attacks

TASHKENT — The United States warned its citizens yesterday of potential terrorist attacks against American targets in Uzbekistan, following the recent deadly protests in the Central Asian nation, a U.S. ally in the war against terrorism.

The State Department urged Americans in the country to “exercise extreme caution, including avoiding large crowds, celebrations and places where Westerners generally congregate.”

It cautioned U.S. citizens to limit unnecessary travel to the eastern city of Andijan, where the government said 173 persons were killed when Uzbek troops put down a May 13 protest.


Police recruited before Israeli pullout

RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority said yesterday it was recruiting 5,000 more men for its security forces to safeguard areas in the Gaza Strip that Israel plans to evacuate this summer.

The recruits’ mission will be weakened because they will be unarmed because of Israeli restrictions on the number of weapons Palestinian security forces can carry, Interior Ministry spokesman Tawfiq Abu Khousa said.

Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority worry that Palestinian militants might attack Jewish settlers and soldiers during the evacuation, scheduled to begin in mid-August.


No witnesses see World War II soldiers

GENERAL SANTOS — Japanese diplomats tried again yesterday to contact two World War II soldiers reportedly living in the southern Philippines since they were separated from their division six decades ago.

The Japanese government urged caution, however, saying the report came from somebody who had not seen the men himself. Efforts to contact the pair also were complicated because the area where they supposedly were found is notorious for ransom kidnappings and attacks by Muslim separatists.


‘Exhausted’ staff curtails Clinton trip

MALE — Former President Bill Clinton has canceled his trip to tsunami-hit areas of the Maldives because of exhaustion, a U.N. official said yesterday.

“The staff is exhausted, but he’s doing fine,” Clinton spokesman Jim Kennedy said, adding that Mr. Clinton would continue with four meetings and a press availability in the Maldives today and then go to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, tomorrow.

Cherie Hart of the U.N. Development Program and coordinator of Mr. Clinton’s visit, said the former president, who underwent a heart-bypass operation in September, was not sick.

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