- The Washington Times - Monday, September 5, 2005

ISRAEL

Palestinian politician convicted in attacks

JERUSALEM — An Israeli security court convicted a Palestinian lawmaker yesterday of complicity in militant attacks on Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

An army spokeswoman said that Husam Khader, a member of the dominant Palestinian faction Fatah arrested in 2003, had confessed to three terrorism charges as part of a plea bargain.

Khader, the most senior Palestinian official tried by Israel since a Tel Aviv court jailed Marwan Barghouti for five life terms last year, is to be sentenced on Oct. 23.

RUSSIA

Putin dismisses navy commander

NOVO-OGARYOVO — President Vladimir Putin fired the head of the Navy yesterday, and called on the new commander to boost discipline in the flagging fleet after a pair of submarine disasters.

Mr. Putin did not give a specific reason for sacking Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov and replacing him with Adm. Vladimir Masorin. But he indicated that Adm. Kuroyedov was bearing the blame for a series of embarrassments in the navy.

Last month, a mini-sub with seven men aboard was trapped for days at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Adm. Kuroyedov also presided over the Navy during the 2000 Kursk submarine sinking that killed 118 crew members.

FRANCE

Doctors say Chirac doing well in hospital

PARIS — President Jacques Chirac is in good health after spending a second night in a Paris hospital with a blood-vessel condition and his test results are encouraging, government doctors said yesterday.

Mr. Chirac, 72, canceled his appointments for a week after slipping discreetly into the hospital late on Friday after what his aides described as a “vascular accident” affecting his eyes.

A statement from the Val de Grace military hospital said Mr. Chirac would remain for several days at the army teaching post, where French leaders traditionally are treated.

ISRAEL

Sharon: Aid victims of Jewish militants

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the Justice Ministry yesterday to amend a law denying Arab citizens bereaved or wounded by Jewish militant attacks the same government aid accorded to victims of Palestinian violence.

Survivors of a shooting spree by a Jewish extremist that killed four persons in an Israeli Arab town last month were outraged to discover they were ineligible for full state compensation as they were not recognized as “terror victims.”

The policy aggravated long-simmering anger among Israeli Arabs over perceived discrimination and over Israeli military crackdowns.

FRANCE

Third apartment fire kills 14 persons

PARIS — A fire killed 14 persons in a suspected arson attack in a high-rise apartment block in Paris yesterday, the third major blaze in the French capital in just over a week, police said.

Two children were among the victims, most of whom were killed by smoke and fumes, and at least 13 persons were hurt in the low-rent 18-story building.

Local officials said they suspected the fire was started deliberately in a mailbox in the entrance of the building, and were looking for four young persons identified by witnesses.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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