- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 8, 2006

SPAIN

Crowd cheers pope, boos prime minister

VALENCIA — Pope Benedict XVI urged Spain yesterday to defend traditional values in a country where the Catholic church and Socialist government have clashedover the legalization of homosexual “marriage.”

Hundreds of thousands of people cheered the pope’s remarks at a family rally in the coastal city of Valencia. By contrast, crowds booed Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose government has pushed through various laws on quick divorces and same sex “marriage.”

At an evening celebration with pilgrims from around the world, the pope urged politicians to value the traditional family as “the best way to counter a widespread hedonism which reduces human relations to banality and empties them of their authentic value and beauty.”

GERMANY

Suspect arrested in terrorist probe

BERLIN — A German of Moroccan descent has been arrested in Hamburg on suspicion that he is a member of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network with contacts to a man close to the September 11 hijackers, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

The man, identified only as Redouane E.H., 36, a resident of the northern city of Kiel, was arrested on suspicion of supporting a foreign terrorist organization, prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Frauke Scheuten said.

He is suspected of being in contact with Said Bahaji, who had close ties to the three September 11 hijackers who lived and studied in Hamburg — Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah.

POLAND

President’s twin named new prime minister

WARSAW — Poland’s governing party accepted the resignation yesterday of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and recommended party chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski — President Lech Kaczynski’s identical twin — to replace him.

The Law and Justice “party leadership put forward a proposal, and I accepted it,” Mr. Kaczynski said, announcing the moves at a press conference.

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRA calls mother it murdered a spy

BELFAST — The Irish Republican Army insisted yesterday that a Belfast mother of 10 it abducted, killed and secretly buried in 1972 was a British army agent and therefore a legitimate target.

The IRA issued its statement a day after Northern Ireland’s police complaints official, Nuala O’Loan, said her detectives found no evidence that widow Jean McConville ever worked as an informer for either the police or British army.

The McConville case is among the most bitterly debated and emotive episodes from the Northern Ireland conflict. Masked men abducted the 37-year-old from her home in front of her children, who were placed into different foster homes when she never returned.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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