- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 18, 2005

SWEDEN

‘Black Hawk down’ suspect arrested

STOCKHOLM — A Somali suspected of being a militia leader during the 1993 “Black Hawk down” battle that left 18 Americans dead was arrested yesterday on suspicion of war crimes while attending a conference in Sweden, police said.

Abdi Hassan Awale, who once served as Somalia’s interior minister, was taken into custody after Somalis living in Sweden recognized him and reported him to police, said Gillian Nilsson, an organizer of the conference on development in the Horn of Africa.

Mr. Awale was a commander in warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid’s militia when it fought a 19-hour battle against U.S. troops in Mogadishu on Oct. 3, 1993. The story was the subject of a book and a movie.

GERMANY

Hunt confirmed for Nazi ‘Doctor Death’

BERLIN — German authorities confirmed yesterday that they were hunting for a doctor accused of killing hundreds of inmates at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

Aribert Heim, 91, known as “Doctor Death,” worked in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria and killed hundreds of inmates by injection and torture, the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center said Saturday.

TAIWAN

Ex-leader’s U.S. trip enrages China

Former Taiwanese leader Lee Teng-hui arrived yesterday in Washington on his first visit to the U.S. capital, amid fierce criticism of the trip by China.

Mr. Lee told reporters upon his arrival that he is visiting as a private citizen and that he should not be criticized by any nation.

The U.S. government has refused to comment on his visit. Beijing has always labeled Mr. Lee a separatist because he strove to promote a “Taiwan identity” and enhance its international status during his 12 years in power, which ended in 2000.

Mr. Lee is scheduled to attend a reception hosted by lawmakers on Capitol Hill tomorrow and hold a press conference on Thursday.

NORTH KOREA

New Mexico’s governor arrives for nuke talks

BEIJING — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson arrived in Pyongyang yesterday for talks with senior North Korean officials on their country’s nuclear programs and other issues, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

Mr. Richardson, a Democrat, is visiting Pyongyang at the invitation of the North Korean government.

“I am not an official envoy, but I am supportive of the administration’s new initiative to engage the North Koreans in dialogue through diplomacy,” he said last week.

AUSTRALIA

Jurassic tree grows out back

SYDNEY — The Wollemi pine, a 200 million-year-old tree from the Jurassic period long thought to be extinct, reportedly has been found growing in Australia.

The exact location is being kept secret — even scientists are blindfolded before being flown to the site. A park ranger discovered a small grove of the trees, the London Mirror reported. Specimens will be sold by auction to ensure the species survives.

But the Mirror noted that buyers will need a large garden, because the Wollemi pine tree can grow as high as 120 feet, with a 3-foot-wide trunk. Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens told the newspaper that the discovery is “the equivalent of finding a small dinosaur still alive.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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