- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 5, 2006

CANADA

Cuts in taxes, crime promised

OTTAWA — Canada’s new minority Conservative government renewed its pledge yesterday to cut the federal sales tax, clean up government and crack down on crime as it set out its policy direction for its term in office.

A fresh election will be triggered if the government policy, known as the Speech from the Throne, is voted down, but opposition leaders had said they had no plans for now to topple the Conservatives.

The government pledged to deliver “fiscally responsible budgets,” give money to parents for child care and work with the provinces on a guarantee that health care would be delivered in a reasonable time.

IRELAND

British spy

found fatally shot

DUBLIN — A former Sinn Fein official recently exposed as a British spy was found fatally shot yesterday after apparently being tortured, police said — a slaying certain to send shock waves through Northern Ireland’s peace process.

Denis Donaldson was Sinn Fein’s former legislative chief in the failed power-sharing government of Northern Ireland. He admitted in December that he had been on the payroll of the British secret service and the province’s anti-terrorist police for two decades. He went into hiding because the traditional Irish Republican Army punishment for informing is death.

But the IRA denied responsibility in a one-line statement.

“The IRA had no involvement whatsoever in the death of Denis Donaldson,” the outlawed group said.

PAkISTAN

‘Package approach’ on nuke policy sought

ISLAMABAD — Concerned over a U.S. agreement to provide civilian nuclear technology to neighboring India, Pakistan called on Washington yesterday to adopt a “package approach” toward the two nuclear-armed rivals.

President Bush concluded a landmark nuclear accord with India during a visit to the South Asian states last month, but refused to cut a similar deal with Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri met U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher yesterday. They discussed Pakistan’s energy needs and its perspective on Washington’s deal with New Delhi.

POLAND

Warsaw ghetto leader charges anti-Semitism

WARSAW — The last surviving leader of the Warsaw ghetto uprising said yesterday that he would seek the help of the Polish government to silence Roman Catholic fundamentalist Radio Maryja’s purported anti-Semitic broadcasts.

“In the next week, I will ask the government to intervene to halt this business, which has already gone on for awhile. Free Poland was born to be free, not to be chauvinistic,” 83-year-old Marek Edelman said.

Late last month, Radio Maryja commentator Stanislaw Michalkiewicz said, “Jews have humiliated Poland internationally by demanding money” for goods and property expropriated during World War II. He also used what some considered to be anti-Semitic slurs.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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