- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

AFGHANISTAN

Bomb kills U.S. soldier

KABUL — A bomb exploded yesterday near U.S. and Afghan troops as they patrolled in volatile eastern Afghanistan, killing an American soldier and wounding another, the military said.

The incident occurred a day after suicide bombers rammed cars filled with explosives into NATO peacekeepers in two attacks in the Afghan capital. The death toll in those attacks rose to nine yesterday.

JORDAN

King replaces 11 advisers

AMMAN — Jordan’s King Abdullah II dismissed the chief of his royal court and 10 advisers yesterday in a long-expected move, brought forward after suicide bombings last week that killed 58 persons, a senior official said.

Palace aides said Salem Turk, a former deputy chief of staff, would replace former Prime Minister Faisal Fayez as chief of the royal court. Marouf al-Bakhit, Amman’s ambassador to Israel, will replace security chief Saad Kheir.

Jordan also introduced strict security measures aimed at foreigners and said it was drafting the country’s first anti-terrorism legislation to prevent attacks. The U.S. Embassy said the number of Americans killed in the bombings had risen to four with the death of a man.

JAPAN

Princess weds, turns commoner

TOKYO — The only daughter of Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko married a childhood friend yesterday and began life as a commoner.

Thousands of well-wishers cheered 36-year-old Princess Sayako as she was driven from the palace grounds to the Imperial Hotel, where she married Yoshiki Kuroda, a Tokyo city employee, in a low-key ceremony.

It was the first time an emperor’s daughter had married a commoner. The former princess, now known as Sayako Kuroda, moved to a Tokyo apartment to begin life as a wife and taxpayer.

EGYPT

Violence mars runoff vote

CAIRO — Scattered violence and accusations of vote buying and intimidation yesterday marred Egyptian parliamentary runoff elections, in which the Islamist opposition is challenging the ruling National Democratic Party.

A woman was shot and injured outside a voting station in Old Cairo, a working-class area in the south of the capital. Partisans overturned tables and threw them downstairs during voting in a city-center district.

FRANCE

Lawmakers vote to extend emergency

PARIS — France’s lower house of parliament voted yesterday to extend a state of emergency for three months, after the government said the extra powers are needed to end the country’s worst civil unrest in four decades.

The government also moved to deport 10 foreigners convicted during the 19 days of violence, as Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin toured a riot-hit suburb.

The measure next goes to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved today and go into effect midnight Monday.

LIBYA

Court postpones verdict in HIV case

TRIPOLI — The Supreme Court yesterday postponed to Jan. 31 its ruling on an appeal for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who were condemned to death after being convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the AIDS virus.

The six were convicted in May 2004 on charges of intentionally infecting the children with HIV as part of an experiment to find a cure for AIDS. They were sentenced to death by firing squad.

CHAD

Ex-president held in atrocities case

DAKAR, Senegal — Former Chadian President Hissene Habre was arrested yesterday and taken to court in Senegal, where he has come under an international warrant issued in Belgium, said a lawyer seeking his extradition.

Mr. Habre is accused of atrocities during his 1982-90 regime and has lived in exile in Senegal since 1990.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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