- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2005


Former president of Peru arrested

SANTIAGO — Chile yesterday arrested Alberto Fujimori, Peru’s disgraced former president, and Peru said it would request his extradition to try him on human rights and corruption charges.

Mr. Fujimori was arrested at the Marriott Hotel in Santiago after arriving Sunday afternoon on a surprise visit from Japan, where he has lived as a fugitive since 2000. He has pledged to return to Peru to run for president.

Mr. Fujimori is charged with corruption and responsibility for 25 death-squad slayings in the 1990s.


Bird flu claims 42nd victim

HANOI — Bird flu has killed a Vietnamese man, the country’s 42nd victim and the first in the latest outbreak of the virus among poultry in the Southeast Asian country, a government official said today.

The 35-year-old man from Hanoi died late last month after eating a chicken with his family, said Nguyen Van Binh, deputy director of the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department.

The man developed a slight fever after eating the chicken and was taken to Bach Mai hospital on Oct. 26 with respiratory difficulties. He died Oct. 29, the state-run Tien Phong newspaper said.


Kashmir border opens for earthquake aid

ON THE LINE OF CONTROL — Pakistan and India yesterday opened their border in Kashmir for earthquake relief, but police had to fire tear gas to disperse protesters who were banned from taking part in the symbolic crossing.

The rivals exchanged tents, food and medical supplies after army commanders and government officials from the two sides met and shook hands across the heavily militarized Line of Control.

Kashmiris were not allowed to cross the border to check on family members after the Oct. 8 disaster because security-conscious India and Pakistan had failed to exchange lists of names.


EU agrees to monitor border

RAFAH CROSSING — The European Union agreed yesterday to monitor a Gaza-Egypt border crossing that serves as the main gate to the world for Palestinians in the coastal strip as a delegation from the bloc toured the area.

The deployment of foreign inspectors at the Rafah terminal is a key element of an emerging Israeli-Palestinian deal on new border arrangements after Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip in September.

Israel closed Rafah just before the withdrawal, and the terminal has opened only sporadically since then to allow passage of hardship cases.


Palestinian parents lauded for donation

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliamentary speaker, Reuven Rivlin, yesterday hailed the Palestinian parents who donated their 12-year-old son’s organs after he was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers as he carried a toy gun.

“This remarkable gesture … despite the war and conflict without solution for nearly 100 years, must be noted,” Mr. Rivlin told parliament. “We salute your gesture,” he said to the boy’s father, Ismail al-Khatib.

Mr. al-Khatib said the decision to donate his son Ahmed’s organs for transplant stemmed from a desire to answer violence with a concrete gesture of peace.


Suspect arrested in airport fire

THE HAGUE — Dutch authorities yesterday arrested a suspect in connection with the fire in a detention center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport that killed 11 persons last month, a spokesman for the military police said.

“We have arrested a suspect in the case, but I will not give any details about where this person was arrested or the identity,” said Rick Hirs of the military police, responsible for security at Schiphol airport.

The prosecutor’s office said the suspect was being held in the Schiphol detention center at the time of the fire.

The General Dutch Press Agency reported that the suspect was arrested while being treated at a specialized burn unit for injuries sustained in the fire.

He was arrested on suspicion of intentional arson, the prosecution said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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