- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 24, 2005

CHILE

Pinochet indicted, under house arrest

SANTIAGO — Former dictator Augusto Pinochet was indicted and put under house arrest yesterday on charges of tax evasion and corruption related to his multimillion-dollar overseas accounts.

The indictment and arrest order, issued by Judge Carlos Cerda, were communicated to Gen. Pinochet by a court official at his suburban Santiago mansion, state television reported.

It was the first time that the retired general, who turns 90 tomorrow, was indicted for charges not related to the massive human rights abuses during his 1973-90 dictatorship.



UZBEKISTAN

NATO Afghan mission barred from territory

BRUSSELS — Uzbekistan has told NATO allies that they can no longer use its territory or airspace to support peacekeeping missions in neighboring Afghanistan — an apparent retaliatory move against Western criticism of the former Soviet republic’s human rights record, alliance officials said yesterday.

Uzbekistan’s shift from once-warm relations with the West has been matched by closer ties with Russia, which is wary of Western influence in its former Soviet satellites.

The NATO officials said that alternatives would be found and that the mission would not be hurt.

AFGHANISTAN

3 policemen shot; Indian’s body found

KABUL — Suspected Taliban militants fatally shot three Afghan policemen yesterday, a day after a roadside bombing killed a U.S. service member in the same province, a senior official said.

Villagers, meanwhile, found the nearly decapitated body of an Indian truck driver who had been kidnapped in the southwest over the weekend. A purported Taliban spokesman had said the group carried out the killing.

CHINA

Bird flu claims a second victim

BEIJING — China said yesterday that a female farmer has died of bird flu, its second confirmed fatality from the virus that is spreading across Asia.

The H5N1 virus had already killed at least 67 persons in Asia since 2003. The Xinhua news agency, quoting the Health Ministry, said the 35-year-old victim had developed fever and pneumonialike symptoms in the eastern Anhui province on Nov. 11 and died Tuesday.

LEBANON

Israeli troops fight to save paraglider

MAIS EL-JABAL — Israeli troops exchanged fire with Hezbollah guerrillas across the Lebanese border yesterday to provide cover for an Israeli paraglider pilot who drifted into Lebanon by accident.

The second incident on the border in three days was brief but might increase tension in the area, hours after Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets in Beirut urging Lebanese to act against Hezbollah, a terror group backed by Syria and Iran.

IRAN

Parliament rejects third oil nominee

TEHRAN — The Iranian parliament rejected a third nominee for the post of oil minister yesterday, handing a major embarrassment to hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mohsen Tasalouti failed to win a vote of confidence after legislators argued that he lacked sufficient experience to run the Oil Ministry, which controls the industry that generates 80 percent of Iran’s public revenues. The session was broadcast live on state-run radio.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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