- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

IRAN

‘Ambiguities’ delay nuclear response

BRUSSELS — Iran ruled out a response this week to international incentives to suspend its nuclear program, saying yesterday that the offer contains too many “ambiguities.”

Ali Larijani, Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator, said after meeting with Javier Solana, foreign policy chief of the European Union, that the “ambiguities must be removed first in order to have serious talks.” His comments dashed any hope that Iran would meet a deadline today on a six-nation offer of incentives aimed at dissuading Tehran from uranium enrichment.

Foreign ministers from the six powers that crafted the proposal — the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany — are to meet today in Paris.

MONGOLIA

Nationalism hailed on Genghis anniversary

ULAN BATOR — Mongolians celebrated the 800th anniversary of Genghis Khan’s march to world conquest yesterday with festivities that mixed commercialism with appeals to nationalism.

In the capital’s Central Stadium, men dressed like warriors in Genghis’ 13th-century horde paraded on stout, brown horses. In one section of the grandstands, people held up cards to form pictures of the conqueror and the national flag. An actor played Genghis in white robe and headdress, riding a white horse to cheers from the crowd.

“We Mongolians must be united and have one goal: to develop our country. Remember Genghis Khan and his great deeds,” said President Nambaryn Enkhbayar, who usually wears a suit but was dressed in a traditional gold and cream silk robe for the occasion.

CHINA

Team unearths Japanese gas bombs

BEIJING — A joint Chinese-Japanese team has retrieved 210 abandoned Japanese poison gas bombs from World War II that were buried near a school in northeastern China, a press report said yesterday.

A total of 689 shells and bombs were unearthed in Ning’an, a city near the Russian border, and 210 were found to contain mustard gas, lewisite, phosgene and other toxins, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The Japanese military abandoned hundreds of thousands of chemical weapons in China’s northeast at the end of the war.

NIGERIA

Woman lynched for ‘blasphemy’

IZOM — A young woman was lynched by Muslim youths in a village in central Nigeria after purportedly dropping a “blasphemous” document in a mosque, a police spokesman said yesterday.

“The incident happened about two weeks ago when a girl about 18 years old was accused of dropping in a mosque a document whose contents were considered to be blasphemous,” Salabiu Jamiu, spokesman of Niger State police command, told Agence France-Presse.

BRITAIN

Nelson’s Column shorter than thought

LONDON — Restorers, who yesterday completed a top-to-bottom refurbishment of Nelson’s Column in London’s Trafalgar Square, said a laser survey revealed that the monument was about 15 feet shorter than originally thought.

The sandstone likeness of Adm. Horatio Nelson, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and the granite column it stands atop, measures 170 feet, officials told Agence France-Presse.

Nelson’s decisive victory over the combined French and Spanish navies at Trafalgar guaranteed Britain’s supremacy of the seas — and the expansion of the British Empire — into the 20th century.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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