Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Fujimori barred from election

LIMA — Peru’s election board yesterday rejected a bid by detained former President Alberto Fujimori to run for president in April on the grounds that he is barred from holding public office until 2011.

In the government’s official gazette, the National Electoral Board cited the ban imposed by Congress in 2001 and said Mr. Fujimori has two days to appeal the decision.

Mr. Fujimori’s supporters have said they plan to base their appeal on the grounds that the Peruvian Constitution bars only convicted criminals from running for president.


Anti-flooding expertise sought after Katrina

THE HAGUE — Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco led a delegation to the Netherlands yesterday to see how a country with a quarter of its land below sea level set up its celebrated flood-protection system.

“The leaders of Louisiana will learn a great deal about what can be applied at home to protect ourselves forever against the waters that ravaged the great city of New Orleans,” Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, said at the start of the three-day visit.


Two face trial in leak of Al Jazeera memo

LONDON — A judge yesterday ordered two British men to stand trial on charges of leaking a government memo in which President Bush reportedly suggested to British Prime Minister Tony Blair bombing the headquarters of the Arab satellite news channel Al Jazeera.

Civil servant David Keogh, 49, and Leo O’Connor, 42, a lawmaker’s former researcher, were charged in November with breaching the Official Secrets Act. Both men are free on bail awaiting trial.


Amnesty claims torture of prisoners

LONDON — Amnesty International released fresh claims of purported torture and ill-treatment of terrorist suspects today, the fourth anniversary of detainees’ being taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Testimonies from three men echo similar accusations made by released prisoners and include claims by one of the men, a Yemeni businessman, that he was abducted by the CIA from Egypt as part of its “extraordinary rendition” policy and taken to Afghanistan.

Amnesty said Abdulsalam al-Hela, 34, suffered psychological torture at five prisons before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay in September 2004.


University apologizes for stem-cell lies

SEOUL — South Korea’s top university issued a public apology today after an investigative panel ruled that disgraced professor Hwang Woo-suk faked all of his human stem-cell research.

Seoul National University President Chung Un-chan called Dr. Hwang’s fraud “an unwashable blemish on the whole scientific community, as well as our country.”

“I, as the president of the university, sincerely apologize to the public,” Mr. Chung told a nationally televised press conference. He said he will seek punishment for Dr. Hwang and other researchers on his team.


Deep-frozen parents ordered thawed, buried

ANGERS — France’s highest court has ordered a man to remove his dead parents from two deep-freeze caskets kept for years in the cellar of his chateau and either bury or cremate them.

Remy Martinot had been carrying out the wishes of his father, Raymond Martinot, a former doctor and a fan of cryogenic theory who had kept his wife’s body frozen since she died in 1984. The father died in 2002.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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