- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 22, 2005

UZBEKISTAN

U.S. closes base ahead of deadline

TASHKENT — The United States formally closed its military base in Uzbekistan yesterday, two months ahead of a deadline set by the Central Asian state to quit, Russia’s RIA news agency said.

Uzbekistan, angered by U.S. criticism of its violent suppression of demonstrators in the town of Andizhan in May, gave Washington six months to leave the Karshi-Khanabad Air Base.



CANADA

60,000 birds to die over avian-flu fears

OTTAWA — Canada will cull more than 60,000 ducks and geese at a farm in the western province of British Columbia where a case of H5 avian influenza was discovered last week, authorities announced.

Officials said the strain is not highly pathogenic and there is no risk to human health, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is taking the extreme precautions.

NIGERIA

Governor flees Britain dressed as woman

YENAGOA — A Nigerian state governor charged with money laundering in Britain has escaped disguised as a woman and returned to his home state, where he enjoys immunity from prosecution.

The return of Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, governor of Bayelsa state in the oil-producing Niger Delta, deals a severe blow to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s campaign to curb theft of public resources by some state governors.

IRAN

U.S., Europe defer U.N. move on nukes

VIENNA, Austria — European powers and Washington have suspended their bid to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council so that Russia can pursue an initiative to ease a crisis over Tehran’s suspected nuclear-arms plans, diplomats said yesterday.

They said a meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog this week would shelve a resolution on referral in favor of a statement voicing concern about what diplomats said was a document received by Iran that contained partial nuclear bomb-making instructions.

LEBANON

3 Hezbollah gunmen killed in Israeli raid

MARJAYOUN — Israeli troops killed at least three Hezbollah gunmen yesterday during a guerrilla attack near the Lebanese border in which one Israeli was also killed, Israeli and Lebanese security sources said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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