- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2006


IAEA chief to visit Tehran for nuke talks

VIENNA, Austria — The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog will to go to Iran next week to try to wrest concessions from Tehran on its atomic program, diplomats and officials said yesterday.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, “expects to get positive results” from his trip, a senior IAEA official told the Associated Press.

The planned visit will come only about two weeks before Mr. ElBaradei is to report to the U.N. Security Council on whether Iran has heeded a call to reimpose a freeze on uranium enrichment and fully open its nuclear program to an IAEA probe.


U.S. proposes talks on missile-plan site

WARSAW — Washington has proposed holding detailed talks with Warsaw on locating part of a U.S. anti-missile defense system on Polish soil, Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said yesterday.

The PAP news agency quoted Mr. Waszczykowski as saying Warsaw is awaiting details from Washington on the talks and that “If Poland is chosen as a partner in these discussions, they could begin in July.”


Parliament panel to probe Iraq-war aid

BERLIN — Parliament established a committee yesterday to investigate contentious claims that German intelligence agents helped in the war in Iraq by passing secret information to the U.S. military ahead of the 2003 invasion.

The committee convened yesterday afternoon, shortly after lawmakers voted in a broad majority for it to be set up.

The committee also will seek to clarify whether the government had information regarding possible CIA rendition flights over Germany, including stopovers at the U.S. Air Force’s Ramstein Air Base in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.


Female bomber dies outside mosque

ANKARA — A female suicide bomber blew herself up yesterday in front of a mosque in the Black Sea city of Ordu, injuring two others in the explosion, including a suspected accomplice, police said.

In a separate incident, a small bomb left on a road close to a military headquarters in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir went off, slightly injuring two persons inside a car.

The explosions followed the worst street rioting in Turkey in a decade, which has left 16 persons dead, mostly Kurdish rioters. The rioting was set off by funerals for 14 pro-autonomy Kurdish guerrillas killed by Turkish troops late last month.


Stones unfazed by censorship

SHANGHAI — The Rolling Stones have been told not to perform five of their songs at their debut concert in China, but Mick Jagger said yesterday he wasn’t surprised by the censorship.

“We kind of expected that. We didn’t expect to come to China and not be censored,” Mr. Jagger told reporters on the eve of the band’s first performance on the mainland.

The four songs cut from the greatest hits collection were “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Beast of Burden,” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” apparently due to their suggestive lyrics. Mr. Jagger didn’t say what the fifth song was, but it was thought to be “Rough Justice,” the opening track of their new album “A Bigger Bang.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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