- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2005


Prosecutor appeals warrants for GIs

MADRID — Spain’s public prosecutor yesterday appealed against the issuing of international warrants for the arrest of three U.S. soldiers over the shooting of a Spanish television cameraman in Baghdad in 2003, court sources said.

The appeal has been lodged before Judge Santiago Pedraz, the investigating magistrate who issued the warrants Wednesday.

Jose Couso, working for private Spanish station Telecinco, and Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian photographer working for Reuters news agency, died after a U.S. tank fired shells on the Hotel Palestine on April 8, 2003.


Terror suspects granted bail

LONDON — Britain’s government reacted angrily yesterday after a tribunal granted bail to four North African terrorism suspects facing deportation under a policy introduced after London bombings in July.

The special immigration tribunal also denied bail to five men, including Jordanian cleric Abu Qatada, who British authorities say was a leading inspiration for al Qaeda in Europe. Another suspect’s bail case was adjourned.

None of the 10 men — all North Africans, apart from Abu Qatada — has been charged with any crime.


UNESCO adopts ‘diversity’ convention

PARIS — The U.N. cultural organization UNESCO adopted a convention on “cultural diversity” yesterday despite vigorous opposition from the United States.

Championed by France and Canada, the convention affirms the sovereign right of nations to “protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions.”

Supporters say it will help countries protect themselves in particular from English-speaking cultural standardization. But Washington argued that it is a pretext for putting up trade barriers and blocking the free flow of information.


Conservatives back Cameron to lead

LONDON — Britain’s opposition Conservatives yesterday overwhelmingly backed inexperienced David Cameron to lead their party and to be the next man to challenge Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government.

Mr. Cameron, 39, and with only four years of front-line political experience, was supported by 90 of the party’s 198 members of Parliament. He will face right-winger David Davis, who secured 57 votes, in a vote of the wider party membership, which must choose between them by early December.

Liam Fox, another hard-liner, dropped out after securing 51 backers. Former Finance Minister Ken Clarke was ousted from the race in a first round of voting Tuesday.


Ex-minister arrested in coup plot

BAKU — Police in Azerbaijan said yesterday that they arrested a former minister for plotting a coup as President Ilham Aliyev tried to stamp out dissent inside his ruling elite less than three weeks before a parliamentary election.

Mr. Aliyev, who succeeded his father as president, also arrested the head of the country’s largest private oil firm and fired a long-serving minister.

Economic Development Minister Farhad Aliyev, who was fired Wednesday, and his brother Rafiq, boss of oil shipper Azpetrol, were charged with funneling cash to an opposition leader in a conspiracy to unseat Mr. Aliyev.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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