- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2005

MALAYSIA

Thai Muslims flee violence

KUALA LUMPUR — About 130 Muslims have abandoned their homes in Thailand’s troubled south, where suspected separatist militants killed a Muslim teacher and a Buddhist policeman yesterday, to seek refuge in Malaysia.

The influx from Muslim-majority southern Thailand, where more than 800 people have been killed since a renewed separatist campaign erupted in January 2004, prompted an immediate promise of tighter security on the often-porous border.

LEBANON

Top generals indicted in Hariri assassination

BEIRUT — Four pro-Syrian Lebanese generals were indicted yesterday as suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Judge Said Mirza, the nation’s prosecutor-general, said he had filed preliminary criminal charges against the four suspects and referred them to an investigating magistrate, who will interrogate them today.

IRAQ

Hangings of criminals resume after 2 years

BAGHDAD — Iraq hanged three convicted criminals yesterday, the first time the government has carried out the death penalty since the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, government spokesman Laith Kubba said.

The executions could pave the way for similar death sentences against Saddam and senior aides awaiting trial.

BRITAIN

A-bomb scientist, Nobel laureate dies

LONDON — Joseph Rotblat, who was the only scientist to resign from the Manhattan Project and later received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to rid the world of atomic weapons, has died at the age of 96, his spokesman said yesterday.

Mr. Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, the group he founded to promote nuclear disarmament, received the prestigious prize in 1995.

Mr. Rotblat, who was born in Warsaw and became a British citizen in 1946, died peacefully in his sleep in London on Wednesday night.

AFGHANISTAN

Terrorists kidnap British engineer

KABUL — Muslim terrorists kidnapped a British engineer and his interpreter after an attack in western Afghanistan that left at least three policemen dead, officials said yesterday.

The Briton, who has not been identified, works for a foreign company building a highway from the southern city of Kandahar to the western city of Herat, local police Chief Allah Uddin Noorzi said.

He was kidnapped Wednesday after the convoy in which he was traveling was attacked, Chief Noorzi said. A Filipino employee of the company escaped and was found hiding under a bridge, he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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