- The Washington Times - Friday, July 7, 2006

UKRAINE

Opposition proposes new prime minister

KIEV — Ukraine’s main opposition party joined with two other groups in parliament yesterday, and the new coalition proposed pro-Russian politician Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister.

The realignment means that Mr. Yanukovych could end up serving as prime minister to President Viktor Yushchenko, the man he lost out to in what has become known as the Orange Revolution.

The move underscored divisions in the country between the mainly Russian-speaking east and south and the Ukrainian-speaking west, and the country’s strategic dilemma between close ties with Russia and integration with the West.

ITALY

Berlusconi ordered to stand trial

MILAN — A judge yesterday ordered Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial over fraud at his family’s broadcaster Mediaset.

Preliminary hearings began in October after a four-year investigation by Milan magistrates into claims of embezzlement, false accounting, tax fraud and money laundering in television rights deals between 1994 and 1999.

Mr. Berlusconi has denied any wrongdoing.

SOMALIA

Death for non-praying Muslims sought

MOGADISHU — A leading Mogadishu sheik said yesterday Muslims who do not pray five times a day should be put to death, the latest sign of a fast-emerging hard-line face to Somalia’s newly powerful Islamists.

The sheik’s statement — which he confirmed to Reuters after it was broadcast on local media — caused consternation among residents and will fuel foreign fears the Islamists are planning a hard-line Taliban-style rule.

“He who does not perform prayer will be considered as infidel and our Shariah law orders that person to be killed,” said Sheik Abdalla Ali, who runs a Shariah court in the Somali capital, which the Islamists took last month.

SPAIN

N.Y. man injured in bull run

PAMPLONA — A New York man suffered potentially paralyzing injuries when he was thrown by a young cow in a mock bull fight yesterday at the end of the first day of Spain’s famed running of the bulls.

Ray Ducharme, 31, of New York state, was thrown by one of five cows released in a crowd of hundreds of people in a ring after the first of eight days of bull runs. Officials said Mr. Ducharme could not move his legs and underwent emergency surgery.

“He is in very serious condition and could be paralyzed for life,” said Pello Pellejero, a Pamplona government spokesman.

AFGHANISTAN

U.S.-led troops fired on kin, lawmaker says

KANDAHAR — A member of the Afghan parliament said yesterday U.S.-led troops mistakenly fired on a car carrying members of his family, killing one and wounding four.

The U.S.-led coalition denied that its troops were responsible for the shooting of the politician’s family in the southern province of Uruzgan.

Abdul Khaliq, a member of the lower house of parliament from Uruzgan, said U.S.-led troops opened fire on a car carrying his relatives in the province’s Chora district on Wednesday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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