- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 6, 2005


Kosovar president has lung cancer

PRISTINA — Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, the icon of a 15-year drive by ethnic Albanians to secede from Serbia, said yesterday that he has lung cancer.

But Mr. Rugova, who spent last week at a U.S. military hospital in Germany, said doctors there had told him that his condition was “improving” and they were optimistic he would recover. He made no mention of resignation.

“With the help of God, I will overcome this battle and continue to work for the recognition of our country, Kosovo,” a visibly frail Mr. Rugova, 60, said in a recorded televised address to the province.


Final election tally favors ruling party

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia yesterday released final election results confirming that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s ruling coalition won bitterly contested parliamentary polls in the vast Horn of Africa nation.

After nearly three months of counting, the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia issued final results for 545 of the 547 seats in the federal parliament, giving 327 seats to Mr. Meles’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.

The main opposition coalitions won 161 seats, while other seats went to smaller parties and independents.


Oil reserves will be released

TOKYO — Japan will free 7.3 million barrels from oil reserves held by private-sector refiners over 30 days beginning tomorrow, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said this morning.

The release is part of a concerted action by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to help stabilize the world oil market.

The IEA said Friday that its 26 members agreed to release their strategic reserves for a period of 30 days — a response to Hurricane Katrina’s damaging of U.S. oil production facilities in the Gulf Coast states.


U.S. base can stay, but rent will rise

MOSCOW — The president of Kyrgyzstan said yesterday that his Central Asian nation will allow the U.S. military base on its territory for as long as necessary to bring stability to Afghanistan, but he also said the rent will increase.

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been trying to balance U.S. and Russian interests in his former Soviet republic, which also allows a Russian military base on its territory.

Asked for how long Kyrgyzstan will host the U.S. forces, Mr. Bakiyev said that will depend on stabilization efforts in Afghanistan.

“Time will show how long it will take — half a year or a year,” Mr. Bakiyev said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Conservationists see great apes at risk

KINSHASA — Poaching, logging and disease will soon wipe out the last of the world’s great apes unless new strategies are devised to save man’s closest relatives, conservationists said yesterday.

From Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria in Africa to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Asia, scientists fear populations of gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans could disappear within a generation without urgent action.

“Let us devote our minds — the one thing we have more of than other apes — and let’s secure their future,” said Richard Leakey, a prominent Kenyan conservationist, told delegates at a conference on saving apes.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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