- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006


U.S. hostage pleads for help in new video

KUWAIT CITY — Kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll appeared in a video aired yesterday on a private Kuwaiti TV channel, appealing for her supporters to do whatever it takes to win her release and saying, “There is a very short time.”

Miss Carroll was shown in the black-and-white video wearing an Islamic headscarf, sitting on a chair in front of a wall with a large floral design. She spoke to the camera in a firm voice, without weeping as she did on a previous video.

“I am here. I am fine. Please just do whatever they want, give them whatever they want as quickly as possible,” she said, adding she was speaking on Feb. 2, nearly a month after she was abducted by armed men in Baghdad. “There is a very short time. Please do it fast. That’s all.”

The 22-second video was aired on Al Rai TV, a private Kuwaiti channel. Two previous videos of Miss Carroll did not include audio.


Preval leading race for president

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Rene Preval, a former president seen as a champion of Haiti’s poor, appeared headed yesterday to a first-round election victory, even before official results were announced.

Mr. Preval, a former protege and one-time ally of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was characteristically low-key as reports of election returns landed at his party headquarters in Port-au-Prince. A campaign official said Mr. Preval had won almost 68 percent of the 359,000 votes counted.

Election officials said official final results might not be announced until late today or tomorrow.


New tomb found in Valley of Kings

CAIRO — American archaeologists have uncovered a pharaonic-era tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the first uncovered there since King Tutankhamen’s in 1922, Egypt’s antiquities chief announced.

The 18th Dynasty tomb included five mummies in intact sarcophagi with colored funerary masks and with more than 20 large storage jars, marked with pharaonic seals, said Zahi Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

A University of Memphis team of archaeologists led by Otto Schaden found the tomb about 13 feet below the ground, buried under rubble and stones 16 feet away from King Tut’s tomb.


Pope to visit Turkey in November

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will make his first official trip to a Muslim country, visiting Turkey in November, the Vatican announced yesterday.

The pope accepted an invitation from the Turkish president to visit the country from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said, and details of the visit were being worked out.

Confirmation of the trip came days after the killing of an Italian Roman Catholic priest at a church along Turkey’s Black Sea coast.


King’s candidates sweep elections

KATMANDU — Thousands of protesters swept through Katmandu yesterday as Nepal’s political crisis deepened. Early results showed pro-king candidates sweeping local elections, but opponents also claimed victory because so few people voted.

The vote Wednesday was marred by rebel attacks and the shooting of protesters. Security forces were heavily deployed across the city yesterday, and police fired tear gas to disperse two dozen students protesting King Gyanendra’s rule near the royal palace.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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