- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 8, 2006

RAN

Nuclear-fuel research set to resume

TEHRAN — Iran will resume nuclear-fuel research tomorrow or Tuesday, ending a 2-year suspension, a senior official announced yesterday. The announcement overshadows the start of talks with Russia on compromise proposals to end the nuclear standoff with the West.

The government will resume the research, despite appeals for restraint from the European Union and warnings of a possible U.N. Security Council referral from Washington.

“The inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency are in Tehran to remove the seals on the research centers Monday or Tuesday,” the spokesman for Iran’s top security body, Hossein Entezami, told Agence France-Presse.

Austria, the current president in the European Union’s rotation, asked Iran not to resume its nuclear research as planned, because it would violate IAEA resolutions and jeopardize any resumption of talks with the bloc, which ceased last August.

BRITAIN

London bomber left big savings

LONDON — One of the four London suicide bombers left behind savings of $212,460, a court service spokesman said Friday.

Shehzad Tanweer, 22, who police say killed seven commuters on a subway car July 7 near Aldgate station in east London, left behind the money, which will go to his family. In all, 52 persons were killed in the transit-system bombings.

Tanweer, a Briton of Pakistani descent, worked at his father’s fish-and-chips shop in Leeds in northern England, and was not known to have had any other source of income.

ITANZANIA

Zanzibar starts rationing water

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania — Authorities in Tanzania’s semiautonomous state of Zanzibar yesterday started rationing water in the capital because shortages at reservoirs caused by a searing drought have placed millions at risk of famine across East Africa, officials said.

Zanzibar’s water department said pumping at the island’s two main reservoirs has dropped to one million gallons per day from 3.5 million gallons per day because of a shortage of rain.

The rationing would affect mostly about 350,000 residents of Stone Town, the historic center of Zanzibar, the densely populated capital. Tanzania’s population is about a million.

GERMANY

Chancellor critical of Guantanamo prison

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the U.S. detention camp at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in an interview to appear tomorrow, days before she is due to meet President Bush.

“An institution such as Guantanamo cannot and should not continue to exist like that in the long term,” she told the weekly magazine Der Spiegel, implicitly calling for it to be closed down.

She said she would raise the issue with Mr. Bush when she meets with him on Friday in Washington.

Among those held at the camp in Cuba is Murat Kurnaz, 23, a German of Turkish heritage, detained without charge for the past four years. He is nicknamed “the Bremen Taliban” from the city in northern Germany where he was born.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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