- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 30, 2006

KENYA

Moi survives car crash

NAIROBI — Kenya’s former President Daniel arap Moi was taken to a hospital yesterday after his car collided with a truck — but he escaped serious injury.

“He is fine now,” government spokesman Alfred Mutua said after the crash that occurred as Mr. Moi, 81, was traveling to Nairobi from the western town of Nakuru.

Mr. Moi, who ruled the East African nation for 24 years until 2002, keeps up a busy schedule in Kenya, criss-crossing the nation on political and fundraising activities.

SOMALIA

U.S. warns Eritrea, Ethiopia to stay out

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — The United States sent its most explicit warning yet to Horn of Africa foes Eritrea and Ethiopia yesterday to stay out of the escalating crisis in Somalia, where they are thought to be backing rival sides.

“There are many foreign elements in Somalia right now,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer said, citing reports Ethiopia was sending troops to back the interim government and Eritrea was arming rival Islamists.

Ms. Frazer, speaking to reporters on a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to monitor elections there, said it was crucial to stop Somalia from becoming a regional crisis.

BRITAIN

Queen Elizabeth back from birthday cruise

LONDON — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II disembarked yesterday after an eight-day cruise with the royal family around Scotland’s Western Isles as part of her 80th birthday celebrations.

Elizabeth, who reached the milestone in April, looked relaxed and happy as she stepped off the Hebridean Princess in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, thanked the crew before traveling to Balmoral Castle in eastern Scotland for their annual break there.

SOUTH KOREA

Somali pirates free fishermen for ransom

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali pirates yesterday released a South Korean fishing boat with 25crewmen hijacked in April, after an $800,000 ransom was paid, elders and militiamen said.

“The illegal fishermen who unlawfully entered into the territorial waters of Somalia were released after they paid a fine of $800,000,” elder Abdi Ilmi said from Haradere port, about 185 miles north of Mogadishu.

The crewmen of the 351-ton Dongwon-ho No. 628, owned by Dongwon Fisheries, were kidnapped while operating with two other South Korean tuna ships owned by Dongwon Fisheries in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast.

AUSTRIA

Haider calls Rice delusional dreamer

VIENNA — Austrian nationalist politician Joerg Haider called for immediate peace talks on the Lebanon conflict yesterday, accusing the United States of wanting war in the Middle East.

“Foreign Minister [Condoleezza] Rice is already dreaming of a ‘new Middle East’; crusaders of a particular kind are on their way to promote violence in that great world policy delusion of hers,” Mr. Haider told the Austria Press Agency.

Mr. Haider also called for a war crimes tribunal to judge those responsible for “brutal attacks against defenseless children and civilians” in Lebanon.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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