- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2006

SOMALIA

President dissolves ‘bloated’ Cabinet

BAIDOA — Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed yesterday dissolved the government’s “bloated” Cabinet, saying it failed to deliver during its two-year tenure and ordered a new one named within a week.

The move follows Ethiopian-led crisis talks that produced a deal on Sunday by Somalia’s three top interim leaders to end a rift hampering the government’s efforts to deal with powerful Islamists that oppose it and threaten its limited authority.

Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi is to appoint a new 31-minister Cabinet within a week.

MEXICO

Lopez Obrador rally hits court decision

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador protested outside Mexico’s top electoral court last night, demanding a vote-by-vote recount of the July 2 presidential election.

The demonstration comes two days after the Federal Electoral Tribunal ruled that it would only recount ballots at about 9 percent of the nation’s 130,000 polling places, where it said there was evidence that the vote was miscounted.

Mr. Lopez Obrador said he will keep protesting until there is a recount of all 41 million ballots cast and called his followers to the tribunal’s front gates to urge the court to reverse its decision.

BRITAIN

‘No-fly’ list alert forces flight back

LONDON — An American Airlines London-to-Boston flight was called back to Heathrow Airport yesterday after U.S. authorities discovered a passenger’s name was on their “no-fly” list, officials said. Four passengers were being questioned by Border Control officers.

The man, traveling with three women identified as his mother and two sisters, was taken into custody for questioning, Homeland Security officials said. The women were not taken into custody.

CHAD

Taiwan ties cut in favor of China

BEIJING — China and Chad have resumed diplomatic relations after nearly a decade without formal ties, state media said, just hours after rival Taiwan pre-emptively cut ties with the central African nation.

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and his Chadian counterpart, Ahmad Allam-mi, signed a joint statement in Beijing on Sunday agreeing to resume ties, the official Xinhua news agency said.

China and Chad will open embassies in each other’s countries and appoint ambassadors, Chad’s deputy foreign affairs minister, Lucienne Dillah, said late Sunday.

CROATIA

Reporter accused of disclosing names

ZAGREB — A Croatian journalist has been arrested at the request of the U.N. war crimes court on accusations that he disclosed the names of more than 100 protected witnesses, reports said yesterday.

Domagoj Margetic was arrested on a request from the U.N. war crimes court and was investigated for contempt of court, investigating Magistrate Ratko Scekic said.

Croatianpress, however, said the tribunal wanted Mr. Margetic transferred to The Hague for disclosing over the Internet the names of 102 protected witnesses from the 1997 trial of a former Bosnian Croat general, Tihomir Blaskic.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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