- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 30, 2005

NORTH KOREA

Pyongyang criticized over reactor demand

SEOUL — A North Korean demand that it receive a civilian nuclear reactor before it scraps its atomic weapons program is “inexcusable,” the chief U.S. envoy to the country’s nuclear talks was quoted as saying yesterday.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill as saying a senior North Korean diplomat would “deeply regret” the upfront demand for a light-water reactor.

In an interview Thursday with Yonhap news agency in Washington, Han Song-ryol, deputy chief of North Korea’s United Nations mission, said Pyongyang would not even give details of its atomic programs and weapons until the reactor has been built.

AFGHANISTAN

Two U.S. soldiers charged in assault

KABUL — Two American soldiers have been charged with assaulting two detainees at a coalition base in southern Afghanistan, the military said yesterday.

The two troops are accused of punching the detainees on the chest, shoulders and stomach while they were being held at a base in Uruzgan province, a statement said, adding that neither detainee required medical attention.

“The command remains committed to investigate all allegations of misconduct and will hold individuals responsible for their actions consistent with U.S. military law,” Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling, a deputy coalition commander, was quoted as saying.

SPAIN

Nazi ‘Dr. Death’ reported in hiding

MADRID — An Austrian doctor accused of killing hundreds of inmates at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II has been hiding in Spain for the past 20 years, a Spanish newspaper reported yesterday.

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

Spain’s El Mundo newspaper said Heim had moved to Spain in 1985 and was sheltered by Odessa, a secret group thought to have helped Nazi war criminals hide.

IVORY COAST

Thousands protest president’s mandate

ABIDJAN — Security forces hurled tear gas canisters yesterday at thousands of unarmed opposition militants protesting a disputed one-year extension of President Laurent Gbagbo’s mandate.

Hordes of young men spilled from a packed soccer stadium rally into a nearby six-lane highway, turning back vehicles at makeshift roadblocks.

Mr. Gbagbo canceled elections scheduled for yesterday, saying the civil war-riven country isn’t ready. From wire dispatches and staff reports

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