- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

LEBANON

Government will seek French, U.S. terror aid

BEIRUT — Lebanon will ask the United States and France to help train its security forces after a string of bombings and assassinations that have fueled fears the country is sliding back into chaos.

Prominent anti-Syrian news anchor May Chidiac was seriously wounded when her car exploded north of Beirut Sunday, an attack condemned by the State Department and one that raised fears of more sectarian violence.

A close aide to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said the government would ask the Americans and French to help instruct its security services and provide logistical support.

CHINA

Typhoon kills nine, heads for Vietnam

BEIJING — The death toll from Typhoon Damrey, the strongest storm to hit the southern island of Hainan in 30 years, has risen to nine, Xinhua news agency reported early today.

The storm roared toward Vietnam, where women, children and the elderly were moved to solid buildings to brace against heavy rains and flash floods.

Most of the people were killed under collapsed buildings or trees felled by heavy winds on the island, often referred as China’s Hawaii.

RUSSIA

Three men charged in assassination bid

MOSCOW — Prosecutors have indicted three former servicemen in connection with the attempted assassination of Russia’s former privatization czar, Anatoly Chubais, officials said yesterday.

The prosecutor-general’s office said it had filed formal charges against a retired military intelligence colonel and two former paratroopers. They were charged with attempted murder and illegal possession of weapons.

All three have maintained their innocence in the mysterious attack on Mr. Chubais, one of Russia’s richest and most influential men.

EGYPT

U.S. envoy told policies must change

CAIRO — Prominent Egyptians told the Bush administration’s public relations envoy yesterday that the United States can improve its image in the Middle East only by changing its policies.

Meeting with Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes, the intellectuals and civil-society leaders cited policies on Iraq, Iran, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and what they said was inconsistent U.S. treatment of repressive Arab governments.

“If you really want to change the perception, you have to change the policies,” said Lamees al-Hadidi, an independent journalist who also attended the meeting.

Mrs. Hughes will also visit Saudi Arabia and Turkey this week.

FRANCE

Anti-terror raids net nine suspects

PARIS — French anti-terrorism police arrested nine persons yesterday suspected of planning attacks, including an Islamic militant previously convicted on terrorism charges and freed from prison two years ago.

Authorities said the arrest of Safe Bourada, who had been under surveillance since his release in 2003, highlights potential risks posed by unrepentant militants being freed after serving prison sentences in connection with bombings in the 1990s.

The nine were picked up in early-morning raids west of Paris and in Evreux, 55 miles northwest of the French capital.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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