- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2005

SAUDI ARABIA

2 women elected to trade organization

RIYADH — Two women were elected to a chamber of commerce in Jidda, the first to win any such post in Saudi Arabia, where women are largely barred from political life, officials said yesterday.

Lama al-Sulaiman and Nashwa Taher won seats on the Jidda Trade and Industry Chamber, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

The first thing Mrs. Taher did yesterday, hours after becoming one of two Saudi women to score the groundbreaking win in chamber of commerce elections, was to thank her parents.



EGYPT

Brotherhood activists held before vote

CAIRO — Egyptian police rounded up almost 600 Muslim Brotherhood activists in the two days before the last stage of legislative elections in what the opposition Islamist group said was an attempt to disrupt its campaign.

The Brotherhood, fielding independent candidates because the authorities refuse to let them form a party, has shaken up Egyptian politics by winning 76 of the 444 elected seats in parliament two-thirds of the way through the process.

The first day of voting for 136 seats is today, and the Islamists are contesting 49 of those.

In the past two weeks alone, police have rounded up more than 1,600 Brotherhood members in connection with the elections, but many of those have been released.

SERBIA-MONTENEGRO

Tribunal acquits Kosovo Albanian

THE HAGUE — The International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia acquitted Fatmir Limaj, a senior officer of the Kosovo Albanian rebels, yesterday of charges of torturing and killing ethnic Serbian and Albanian civilians at a prison camp during the 1998-1999 war.

A second defendant, Isak Musliu, also was acquitted, while the third, Haradin Bala, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for executing nine prisoners in the woods in July 1998.

In Kosovo, where Mr. Limaj, 34, is considered a hero, celebratory gunfire echoed through the Serbian province’s capital, Pristina, and drivers honked their horns.

FRANCE

Saturn’s moon looks like old Earth

PARIS — Saturn’s planet-size moon Titan has dramatic weather, with turbulent high-altitude winds, periodic floods of liquid methane and possibly lightning, scientists said yesterday in describing a world that may look like Earth before life developed.

The European Space Agency’s probe landed on Titan in January, uncovering some mysteries of the methane-rich globe — the only moon in the solar system known to have a thick atmosphere. Scientists presented detailed results of months of study in the online edition of the journal Nature and at a press conference in Paris.

Titan, located 740 million miles from Earth, has long intrigued researchers because it is surrounded by a thick blanket of nitrogen and methane. Until recently, scientists believed the most likely explanation for the methane was the presence of a methane-rich sea of hydrocarbons.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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