- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2006

IRAQ

Troops’ bodies found after helicopter crash

BAGHDAD — The bodies of two U.S. soldiers missing since a helicopter crash this week were found west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said yesterday.

Four U.S. service members — two from the Army and two from the Navy — were injured when the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down Tuesday. The military has said the crash was not a result of hostile fire.

Baghdad was generally quiet yesterday. The government restricts use of private cars in Baghdad on Fridays, the main Muslim day of worship, to prevent car bomb attacks on mosques.

However, Shi’ite assailants ransacked and burned a provincial office of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Kurdish party, accusing its official newspaper of unfairly criticizing a Shi’ite cleric, Ayatollah Mohammed al-Yacoubi.

MEXICO

Earthquake rocks capital; no damage

MEXICO CITY — A moderate earthquake rocked Mexico City yesterday, causing skyscrapers to sway and frightening residents, but emergency officials said no major damage or injuries were reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 and struck in Michoacan, 125 miles southwest of the capital. It was centered four miles northwest of the town of Huetamo and 59 miles below ground. A 5.2-magnitude aftershock hit about eight minutes later.

GERMANY

Nobel Prize winner served in Nazi SS

BERLIN — Nobel prize-winning German author Guenter Grass has admitted for the first time that he served in the Waffen-SS, Adolf Hitler’s elite Nazi troops.

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mr. Grass, 78, said he volunteered for submarine service toward the end of World War II. He was called up instead to serve in the Waffen-SS in the eastern city of Dresden.

The author, best known for his first novel “The Tin Drum,” said his wartime secret had been weighing on his mind and was one of the reasons he wrote a book of recollections that details his war service. The book will be out next month.

Mr. Grass was wounded in 1945 and sent to an American prisoner of war camp.

MEXICO

Mob blamed in journalist death

MONTERREY — Authorities said organized crime was likely behind the killing of a veteran investigative reporter in an area across the border from Texas plagued by violent drug mobs.

The body of Enrique Perea Quintanilla, 50, publisher of the magazine Dos Caras, Una Verdad — or Two Faces, One Truth — was found Wednesday on a dirt road about 10 miles from Chihuahua City.

JAPAN

Nation’s richest man Yasuo Takei dies

TOKYO — Japan’s richest man, Yasuo Takei, who retired in shame as chairman of consumer credit company Takefuji Corp. amid a wiretapping scandal, has died, a company spokesman said yesterday. He was 76.

Mr. Takei died of liver failure at his home in Tokyo on Thursday, the Tokyo-based Takefuji Corp. said.

Mr. Takei was listed in this year’s Forbes magazine listing of the world’s billionaires, with assets of $5.4 billion. But his reputation was tarnished in 2004 by his conviction on charges of ordering the wiretapping of a journalist who had written articles criticizing his company.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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