- The Washington Times - Monday, September 19, 2005

IRAQ

Reporter for paper found fatally shot

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi journalist working for the New York Times was killed after men claiming to be police officers abducted him from his home in the southern city of Basra, the newspaper announced yesterday.

Fakher Haider, a 38-year-old reporter covering Basra, was found dead in a deserted area on the city’s outskirts after his abduction late Sunday night.

According to Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, he is the 68th journalist killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

LEBANON

New government backed at U.N. parley

NEW YORK — Saddled with debt and seeking economic ties beyond its former patron and overlord Syria, the new government of Lebanon got a show of international support yesterday from the United Nations as well as the United States and several other nations.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and representatives of European and Muslim nations as he charts a course of political independence in Lebanon after 29 years effectively occupied by neighboring Syria.

INDIA

Lack of doctors hurts fight against outbreak

GORAKHPUR — An encephalitis outbreak has killed nearly 1,000 people — almost all of them children — in India and neighboring Nepal, as too few doctors struggle to care for thousands of sick children in outdated hospitals.

The death toll in India’s Uttar Pradesh state in the north stood yesterday at 767, after 27 more were reported overnight. Nepal has logged 204 deaths.

UKRAINE

Dismissed leader sees discrimination

KIEV — Ukraine’s fired prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, said yesterday that President Viktor Yushchenko fired her because he couldn’t handle political competition from a woman and that he was aware of corruption charges against his entourage long before they became public.

“Let us be honest, men have a hard time competing with women on a professional level,” she said a day before parliament was to vote on the candidacy of her successor, Mr. Yushchenko’s trusted ally Yury Yekhanurov.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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