- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 18, 2006

DJIBOUTI

U.S. won’t say if Marines survived

NAIROBI, Kenya — The 10 U.S. troops missing after two Marine Corps transport helicopters crashed into the sea have been accounted for, the military said yesterday, but it did not specify whether they had survived the mishap.

The CH-53E choppers, carrying a dozen crew and troops, went down Friday in the Gulf of Aden, near the northern coastal town of Ras Siyyan.

The Djibouti military rescued two crew members, who were to be transported yesterday to the U.S. military’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

JAPAN

Space launch called successful

TOKYO — A Japanese H-2A rocket successfully lifted off from its launch pad yesterday carrying a 4.6-ton weather and navigation satellite, officials said.

The launch of the Japanese-developed rocket from the remote southern island of Tanegashima was the ninth of an H-2A, a two-stage launch vehicle.

Within half an hour, the satellite separated from the rocket and soared toward a designated orbit as planned, said Nobuko Sato, a spokeswoman for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

AFGHANISTAN

Karzai tells neighbors to stop meddling

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai has a pointed warning for neighboring nations: Stop meddling in Afghan affairs or risk seeing chaos spread from a destabilized Afghanistan across the region.

Speaking sharply during an interview with the Associated Press, Mr. Karzai said Afghans have had enough of conflict and foreign interference — the war against occupying Soviet troops in the 1980s, a civil war in the 1990s, and the insurgency following the U.S.-led campaign that toppled the Taliban and chased out al Qaeda training camps after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He promised that further interference in his homeland will not go unchallenged and warned that Iran, Pakistan and others are not fooling anyone.

BRAZIL

Rolling Stones draw 1.2 million in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — “Hello Brazil,” Mick Jagger yelled out yesterday to more than a million fans as the legendary rockers, the Rolling Stones, erupted into one of the world’s largest-ever free rock concerts on Rio’s fabled Copacabana beach.

Opening with their signature song, “It’s Only Rock and Roll,” the Stones drew an estimated 1.2 million fans from around Brazil and neighboring countries, according to fire department estimates.

The four decades-old, self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” lined up about 20 songs, including blockbuster hits such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” and four new songs from their latest CD, “A Bigger Bang.”

GERMANY

Film about Bosnia wins top prize

BERLIN — A moving drama about Bosnia’s post-war trauma and the lingering effects of the systematic rape of women by Serbian soldiers during the 1992-95 conflict won top honors at the Berlin Film Festival yesterday.

“Grbavica” by Sarajevo director Jasmila Zbanic took the Golden Bear for best film at the conclusion of the 56th Berlin festival at a gala ceremony yesterday, broadcast for the first time live on television in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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