- The Washington Times - Friday, July 14, 2006

JAPAN

U.N. vote sought on N. Korean missiles

NEW YORK — Japan and the United States said they would call for a vote today on a resolution in the United Nations Security Council condemning North Korea’s missile launches and imposing weapons-related sanctions.

John R. Bolton, U.S. ambassador at the United Nations, indicated that Washington and Tokyo would resolve the last stumbling point by dropping a reference to Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which China fears could lead to military force. Beijing had threatened to veto a document with the words “Chapter 7.”

“My instructions are to get a vote by tomorrow,” Mr. Bolton told reporters late yesterday.

“Japan stands on the same ground,” said Japan’s ambassador, Kenzo Oshima. Modifying an earlier position, Mr. Bolton said one could make a demand legally binding without a specific reference to Chapter 7.

PAKISTAN

Suicide bomber kills Shi’ite cleric

KARACHI — A suicide bomber killed a prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric and two other persons yesterday in an attack that was likely to heighten sectarian tensions in this volatile city in southern Pakistan.

Allama Hassan Turabi was getting into his car at the gate of his home when the lone attacker detonated the explosives strapped to his body, said Manzoor Mughal, a senior police investigator.

Mr. Turabi was the leader of a Shi’ite party, Islamic Tehreek Pakistan, and a provincial chief for Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal or United Action Forum, a hard-line opposition religious coalition.

BRITAIN

Photo of Diana dying angers Britons

LONDON — An Italian magazine’s decision to print a photo of a dying Princess Diana set off anger yesterday in Britain, with tabloid newspapers leading the protests against the image and her sons expressing sadness.

The black-and-white photo in Milan-based Chi magazine showed the princess receiving oxygen in the wreckage of the car crash that killed her on Aug. 31, 1997. The picture was excerpted from “Lady Diana: The Criminal Investigation,” a new book by French author Jean-Michel Caradec’h.

“Shame on you,” scolded the tabloid Sun. The Daily Express called the image “grotesque” and swore not to reprint it. The Daily Mirror said the magazine’s editor acted “shamelessly.”

Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, said in a statement yesterday they were “deeply saddened.”

SOMALIA

Interim government to boycott peace talks

MOGADISHU — Somalia’s interim government yesterday decided to boycott peace talks set in Sudan this weekend to protest cease-fire violations by Islamist rivals who threaten the shaky administration’s limited power.

The move was a setback to diplomatic efforts to avert war between the Western-backed government, based in a provincial town, and Islamists who took the capital and a swathe of southern Somalia from U.S.-backed warlords last month.

“We will not meet with anybody who continues to break the agreement. They should justify why they violated the previous agreement,” President Abdullahi Yusuf said in an address to parliament broadcast over the radio.

Mr. Yusuf, speaking from the government’s base in Baidoa, was referring to a pact the two sides signed to end military campaigns at the first round of Arab League-brokered talks in Sudan on June 22.

BRAZIL

Gangs attack police, banks and buses

SAO PAULO — Gang members torched buses and attacked police, banks and other targets in Sao Paulo before dawn yesterday, wounding two persons in a violent crime wave that has sowed fear across Brazil’s most populous state for the past three days.

Police said, however, there were fewer attacks than on the two previous nights, when seven persons were killed in violence orchestrated by a powerful prison gang that wants to prevent the transfer of its leaders to Brazil’s first federal jail.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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