- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

CHINA

U.S. to demonstrate nuclear security

BEIJING — The U.S. government is trying to help China’s booming nuclear power industry tighten security by conducting demonstrations this week of measures meant to prevent the theft of radioactive material, an American official said yesterday.

The event is the first of its kind conducted by the U.S. government anywhere in the world, said Linton Brooks, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains Washington’s nuclear arsenal.

VENEZUELA

Mormons leave amid security fears

CARACAS — More than 200 Mormon missionaries have pulled out of Venezuela because of security concerns two weeks after President Hugo Chavez ordered a U.S. evangelist group expelled for spying, U.S. officials said yesterday.

U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield said the Mormons left Venezuela over the weekend, a fortnight after Mr. Chavez ordered out the New Tribes Mission evangelists on charges they were linked to the CIA and had abused indigenous groups.

“Most of them, almost 100 percent, are young, between 18 and 19 years old, and they decided that the security issue was a little complicated,” Mr. Brownfield told reporters.

UNITED NATIONS

Annan sees crisis on Eritrea border

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that U.N. peacekeepers face an “alarming situation” in the tense Ethiopian-Eritrean border area after Eritrea restricted their movements and urged the Security Council to take action.

The council was scheduled to meet this afternoon to discuss the dispute between the Horn of Africa neighbors, which fought a 2-year border war that ended in a December 2000 peace agreement.

Mr. Annan called on the Security Council “to exert its maximum influence” to get the restrictions on U.N. operations lifted and “to address the underlying causes of the stalemate in the peace process,” including Ethiopia’s refusal to accept the Boundary Commission’s ruling.

SENEGAL

Taiwan dropped in favor of Beijing

DAKAR — Senegal yesterday announced that it would restore diplomatic ties with China, becoming the latest West African country to ditch relations with Taiwan in favor of mighty Beijing.

A government statement hailed the “important decision to renew diplomatic relations with China,” adding that the two countries would exchange ambassadors.

JAPAN

Panel backs women on throne

TOKYO — Japan moved a step closer yesterday to overturning a centuries-old imperial tradition, when a government advisory panel said it would recommend allowing women to succeed to the throne.

If the recommendation becomes law, it would resolve a looming succession crisis. No boys have been born into the royal family in 40 years.

TURKEY

20 fined for using letters Q, W

DIYARBAKIR — A Turkish court fined 20 persons for using the letters Q and W on placards at a Kurdish new year celebration, under a 1928 law banning characters not used in the Turkish alphabet.

The court fined each of the 20 persons $75.53 for holding up the placards, written in Kurdish, at the event last year. The letters Q and W do not exist in the Turkish alphabet, but are used in Kurdish.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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