- The Washington Times - Friday, July 28, 2006

BRITAIN

U.S. denies violation with arms flights

LONDON — The United States denied yesterday that it had broken British air-transport procedures after London complained about U.S. flights through a Scottish airport taking bombs to Israel.

A newspaper said Britain had agreed to allow Washington to fly more weapons to Israel via its airports, although Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said she was “not happy” about Washington’s failure to comply with procedures for such flights.

The Israel-bound arms flights threaten to overshadow Tony Blair’s visit to Washington this weekend.

FRANCE

EU court condemns Russia in killing

STRASBOURG — In a landmark ruling yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights found Russia guilty of violating the “right to life” of a young Chechen who disappeared after a Russian general ordered him shot.

Khadzimurat Yandiyev was last seen in the hands of Russian troops in February 2000. Television footage showed a general ordering the 25-year-old to be taken away and “rubbed out.”

His body has never been found, but attorneys for his mother, Fatima Bazorkina, said the general’s words made his fate clear. The court ruled that Russia had violated a ban on arbitrary detention and failed to properly investigate his disappearance.

SOMALIA

20 resign from parliament

BAIDOA — At least 20 members of Somalia’s parliament resigned yesterday, accusing the country’s virtually powerless government of failing to bring peace.

“Our government failed to implement national reconciliation, so we have decided to resign,” said Osman Ali Atto, who stepped down as public works minister.

The U.N.-backed interim government watched helplessly last month as Islamic militants seized control of nearly all of southern Somalia, including the capital, Mogadishu. Ethiopia, Somalia’s traditional rival, has sent soldiers to protect the fragile administration from the Islamic militants, among the reasons that the parliamentarians cited for quitting.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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