- The Washington Times - Monday, September 26, 2005

IRAN

Legislators reject threat of referral

TEHRAN — Iran yesterday rejected a resolution by the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency that put it one step away from Security Council referral, calling the move “illegal and illogical” and orchestrated by the United States.

About 180 lawmakers also denounced the resolution and called on the Iranian government to scale back cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The watchdog agency’s 35-nation board approved the resolution, which could lead to Iran’s referral to the Security Council as early as November for violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty unless Tehran eases suspicions about its atomic program.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Canadian general to disarm IRA

BELFAST — Canadian Gen. John de Chastelain today will announce the disarming of the Irish Republican Army under his supervision, officials said yesterday.

Gen. de Chastelain will present to the British and Irish governments a detailed inventory of decommissioned weapons before making the list available at a press conference at about 1 p.m.

LEBANON

Reporter targeted at anti-Syria network

BEIRUT — A prominent journalist working for an anti-Syrian television station was seriously wounded yesterday when a bomb placed under her car exploded, Lebanese security officials said.

May Chidiac, news anchor for the private Lebanese Broadcasting Corp. (LBC), was inside her car when the bomb exploded in the Christian port city of Jounieh, north of Beirut, the officials said on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

LBC said the bomb was planted under the driver’s seat of Mrs. Chidiac’s Range Rover and exploded when she started the engine. Her left leg and left arm were badly injured, the station said.

POLAND

Solidarity heirs win in landslide

WARSAW — Center-right parties rooted in Poland’s pro-democracy Solidarity movement crushed the ruling left in an election yesterday, winning a broad mandate for reforms in the new member of the European Union, exit polls showed.

Polls issued after voting stations closed gave the conservative Law and Justice party, led by twins Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 28 percent of the vote and their pro-business allies, the Civic Platform, 24 percent to 26 percent.

The center-right parties have vowed to rule together, although they are divided over how far to go in embracing the free market and how much welfare Poland, with wealth levels at half the EU average, can afford.

AFGHANISTAN

Five U.S. soldiers die in copter crash

KABUL — A U.S. Chinook helicopter crashed yesterday in remote mountains of southern Afghanistan, killing all five crew members, the U.S. military said. It did not appear to have been shot down.

The CH-47 chopper was supporting military operations when it went down near Daychopan district in southern Zabul province, the military said. U.S. ground forces had reached the crash scene and were providing security for recovery operations.

The deaths bring to 195, including 79 this year, the number of U.S. military service members killed in and around Afghanistan since U.S.-led forces ousted the Taliban in late 2001.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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