- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 23, 2005

PAKISTAN

India to give aid to quake survivors

MUZAFFARABAD — India said yesterday it would allow Pakistanis across the cease-fire line in the disputed territory of Kashmir to receive aid at three relief camps it was setting up. The step is a further goodwill gesture between the longtime South Asian rivals in the wake of shared grief following the temblor that killed an estimated 79,000 people.

The United Nations also appealed for more aid two weeks after the Oct. 8 earthquake, warning of another wave of deaths if survivors do not get shelter and food before the Himalayan winter sets in.

NATO has agreed to send up to 1,000 troops to Pakistan to boost relief efforts after the quake, which left more than 3 million people homeless.

BRAZIL

Former treasurer kicked out of party

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party yesterday kicked out its former treasurer Delubio Soares, who had confessed to setting up an illegal financing scheme that helped plunge the party into its worst crisis in its 25-year history.

Mr. Soares, 50, had acknowledged that together with publicist Marcos Valerio, he secured millions of dollars in bank loans for the party, which he said were for funding campaigns.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s government has been shaken by a sweeping corruption scandal, in which bribes were paid to deputies in exchange for votes favorable to his administration.

NIGERIA

Plane disappears after takeoff

LAGOS — A passenger aircraft operated by Bellview Airlines carrying 114 persons disappeared late yesterday shortly after takeoff from Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, Nigerian press reported.

Aviation authorities were trying to locate the aircraft after it lost contact with the control tower minutes after taking off for the capital Abuja, the reports said.

CHINA

Police arrest Protestant leaders

SHANGHAI — Police raided a religious retreat in northern China and detained more than 50 leaders of the country’s independent Protestant church movement, a U.S.-based support group says.

China Aid Association said at least one of the female participants was beaten in the raid on Thursday evening.

Church leaders from more than 20 provinces and cities had gathered in the village of Gougezhuang in Hebei province, south of Beijing, to discuss outreach, the association said in a statement. China Aid is based in Midland, Texas.

Spokesmen at police headquarters in Laishui township, which oversees Gougezhuang, and in the regional capital of Baoding said they had no information about the reported detentions.

TAIWAN

Appeasement of China ‘double standard’

LOS ANGELES — Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s former leader, has accused China of running a “slave” state and said the free world was appeasing China because of its newfound economic power.

Mr. Lee made the comments in Los Angeles on the last leg of a 13-day U.S. tour that has infuriated China, which considers Taiwan a rebel province.

“The West has a double standard for the Soviet Union and China. People in the West believed that Soviet human rights violations and threats to neighboring countries should be stopped,” he said at a luncheon Friday. “But they believed that China’s violations of human rights and threats to neighboring countries are ‘special Chinese characteristics’ that can be tolerated.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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