- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2005

PHILIPPINES

Arroyo allies defeat impeachment bid

MANILA — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s congressional allies dealt a major blow yesterday to efforts to oust her, using their dominating majority — and the opposition’s absence — to toss out all three impeachment complaints against her.

Opposition legislators cried foul and warned that the country’s third “people power” revolt loomed. Clashes between riot police and anti-Arroyo demonstrators outside Congress injured 11 protesters. But there was little sign that accusations of Mrs. Arroyo’s rigging last year’s election were generating the emotions — or masses — that fueled the peaceful ousters of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 and Mrs. Arroyo’s predecessor, Joseph Estrada, in 2001.

LEBANON

Ex-lawmaker freed in Hariri slaying

BEIRUT — A former Lebanese lawmaker questioned in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was released early yesterday. Investigators were expected to keep interrogating four detained pro-Syrian generals in the case.

Nasser Qandil, a staunch defender of Syria’s influence in Lebanon, surrendered Tuesday at the request of officials from the United Nations who were investigating the killing.

The investigators yesterday visited two apartments thought used by those who planned the Feb. 14 bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and 20 others.

CHINA

Reform pact signed with U.N. rights office

BEIJING — The Chinese government signed an agreement with the U.N. human rights agency yesterday to collaborate on reforming China’s legal system in preparation for adopting a key U.N. treaty on civil and political rights, the United Nations said.

The agreement was signed by a senior Chinese diplomat and visiting U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour. It represented a step forward in Mrs. Arbour’s effort to persuade Beijing to embrace the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

SERBIA-MONTENEGRO

Kosovo’s president seriously ill

PRISTINA — Kosovo’s president, Ibrahim Rugova, was reported to be seriously ill yesterday, raising concern about succession ahead of talks on independence for the disputed province.

A senior foreign diplomat told Reuters news agency that Mr. Rugova, 60, was “in very serious condition,” but did not specify the nature of the ailment. Mr. Rugova has been in a U.S. military hospital in Germany for the past four days.

CANADA

Same-sex affair ruled adultery

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A man’s affair with another man constitutes adultery and is grounds for divorce, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ruled.

In granting the divorce Tuesday, Justice Nicole J. Garson said she was convinced that she had the authority to make a change in the legal definition of adultery, which under previous Canadian court rulings has been considered voluntary extramarital sex between a spouse and someone of the opposite sex.

The woman, 44, filed for divorce in October after she discovered that her husband of almost 17 years was having an affair with a man, her attorney said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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