- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 8, 2005

NORTHERN IRELAND

Trimble resigns as party chief

BELFAST — Nobel laureate David Trimble, an architect of Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace deal, quit as leader of the moderate Protestant Ulster Unionist Party yesterday after his party’s poor results in Britain’s election.

Mr. Trimble, who tried to steer skeptical pro-British Protestants toward a political compromise with Catholic Irish republican foes, stood down after his party was defeated in Thursday’s election, and he lost his seat in Parliament.

“There have been difficult times, but also times when we have been able to make a difference,” said Mr. Trimble in a brief statement released after he told senior officials he no longer wanted to stay at the helm of the party he has led since 1995.

VATICAN CITY

Priest loose-lipped, but not an informer

VATICAN CITY — A priest accused of spying for Poland’s communist government while he was close to Pope John Paul II’s entourage spoke too loosely about the inner workings of the Vatican, but was not an informer, a Roman Catholic official investigating the accusations said yesterday.

The Rev. Maciej Zieba, who is head of the Dominican order in Poland, had harsh words for the Polish institute that made the accusations against the Rev. Konrad Stanislaw Hejmo, who also is Dominican, saying the accusations were made out of context.

Poland’s National Remembrance Institute, which guards communist-era police files, accused the priest of collaborating with Polish secret services when the nation was under communist rule.

INDIA

Stolen Nobel for Tagore replaced

CALCUTTA — Sweden presented India yesterday with two replicas of the Nobel medal awarded to Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore that was stolen last year from a university he set up in the eastern state of West Bengal.

Mr. Tagore, an icon of India’s independence struggle who wrote the country’s national anthem, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

The replicas — one in gold, the other in bronze — were handed over by Sweden’s Nobel Foundation. Mr. Tagore’s Nobel, watch, other gold medals and some rare artifacts and paintings were found to be missing from the museum in March last year, according to police.

CUBA

Audioslave rocks communist island

HAVANA — Thousands of young Cubans rocked until early yesterday to the heavy sounds of American rock band Audioslave in a raucous concert in front of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, the first open-air American rock concert on the island.

The show started at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Anti-Imperialist Stand, a plaza facing the U.S. Interests Section usually used by Cuban officials to protest American policies.

The concert was authorized by the Cuban Music Institute and the U.S. Treasury Department.

EGYPT

Islamist leader eyes presidency

CAIRO — A detained leader of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood wants to run against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in elections later this year, the banned group said yesterday.

“Issam Aryane wants to put himself forward at the next presidential elections,” Brotherhood spokesman Abdel Moneim Mahmoud said. “Security services found documents at his home to do with the election campaign he wanted to organize.”

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