- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 16, 2005

EGYPT

Muslim Brotherhood leaders freed from jail

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have ordered the release of a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure, Essam el-Erian, and three other members of the banned Islamic group, a party official said yesterday.

Mr. el-Erian, 52, a former lawmaker, spent more than five months in custody without charge. He and fellow Brotherhood leader Helmi el-Gazar were detained May 6, hours before nationwide anti-government protests that police claim they organized.

Few details were available on the other two men ordered freed. They were among hundreds of rank-and-file Muslim Brotherhood members arrested, but later released, in a crackdown on political activists opposing the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

BRITAIN

Jack Straw to tour civil-rights sites

LONDON — Britain’s foreign secretary will accompany U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on a tour of civil rights sites in Alabama next weekend.

Mr. Straw’s Northern England legislative district of Blackburn is more than 25 percent Muslim.

He and Miss Rice plan to tour the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., with surviving relatives of the four black girls who died there in a Ku Klux Klan bombing in 1963. Miss Rice grew up in Birmingham and knew one of the victims.

SOMALIA

Breakaway region celebrates democracy

HARGEISA — The ruling party in Somaliland has won parliamentary elections, which voters hoped would boost the breakaway enclave’s case for nationhood and prove it is a model of democracy in lawless Somalia, early results yesterday showed.

The ruling Unity of Democrats Party (UDUB) took the lead with a handful of seats, winning 33 out of 82 parliamentary seats in the Sept. 29 vote — Somaliland’s third democratic balloting since 2002, according to the results.

The rival Kulmiye (Solidarity) took 28 seats, and the Justice and Welfare Party, 21 seats. Officials from all three parties, united on the issue of recognition, said they would abide by the results announced by the national electoral commission.

SPAIN

Nazi death doctor reportedly in hiding

JERUSALEM — An Austrian doctor accused of killing hundreds of inmates in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II may be in Spain, the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center said yesterday.

Aribert Heim, 91, known as “Doctor Death,” worked in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and killed hundreds of inmates by lethal injection and torture, the center said.

The German weekly magazine Der Spiegel said investigators in Madrid had discovered that a relative of Dr. Heim’s had transferred more than $300,000 over the past five years to a family friend living near Girona in northeastern Spain.

IRAN

Bombs kill four near Iraqi border

TEHRAN — Two bombs planted inside trash bins exploded yesterday at a shopping mall near the Iraqi border that extremists previously targeted, killing four persons and wounding at least 102, Iranian state television reported.

The explosions struck a shopping center in central Ahvaz, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province. Shops and cars were damaged. Some of the injured were in critical condition, the broadcast said, showing pools of blood on the pavement.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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