- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 11, 2005

CHINA

Pope’s invitation to bishops criticized

BEIJING — China’s state-backed Catholic Church yesterday criticized Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to bishops from both the official and underground Chinese churches and said they would be unable to attend.

Benedict has named four Chinese bishops including three recognized by Beijing and one from the unofficial Catholic Church to attend the synod of bishops on Oct. 2, the Catholic missionary agency Asia News reported.

The Chinese Catholic Bishops College and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the state-backed Catholic Church, said the pope’s act showed no respect for the country’s Catholics, the official Xinhua news agency said.

NETHERLANDS

Court loses files on Pakistani scientist

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam court that sentenced the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, to four years in prison in 1983, has lost Mr. Khan’s legal files and the court’s vice president suspects the CIA had a hand in the documents’ disappearance.

“I find it bewildering that people lose files with a political goal, especially if it is on request of the CIA,” Judge Anita Leeser told the Dutch news show NOVA late Friday.

Mr. Khan, who admitted in 2004 that he had leaked nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, worked as an engineer in the Netherlands at Urenco, an uranium enrichment plant in the 1970s.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Protestant parade triggers Belfast riots

BELFAST — Protestant extremists threw homemade grenades, gasoline bombs and other makeshift weapons yesterday and at least a dozen police and two civilians were wounded in the latest fury over a restricted Belfast parade.

Protestants clashed with police, British troops and Catholic crowds in several parts of Belfast after authorities blocked the Orange Order — the territory’s major Protestant brotherhood — from parading past the hard-line Catholic end of disputed Springfield Road.

In rioting that ran from yesterday afternoon until early today, police equipped with body armor, shields and flame-retardant boiler suits repelled the attackers with plastic bullets and mobile water cannons.

The mayhem spread at nightfall to Ballyclare and Newtownabbey, two predominantly Protestant suburbs of Belfast. Several buildings on Belfast’s northern outskirts were set on fire.

UZBEKISTAN

Court shuts U.S. press group

TASHKENT — A court in Uzbekistan has ordered the U.S.-based press support group Internews to close its Tashkent office, the group said yesterday.

The Tashkent civil court ordered the closure on the basis of convictions against two Internews employees for distributing videos without a license and for procedural violations such as failing to register the group’s logo, Internews said.

California-based Internews trains journalists and provides press support throughout the world. The group’s Tashkent office earlier was closed for six months and authorities froze its bank accounts.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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