- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 21, 2006

SOUTH KOREA

University fires stem-cell scientist

SEOUL — The scientist who stunned the medical world with claims that he created the first cloned human embryos and extracted stem cells from them — research later found to have been faked — was fired yesterday by South Korea’s most prestigious university.

Seoul National University decided to dismiss Hwang Woo-suk after a disciplinary meeting, saying he and his co-workers caused the school to lose honor. Six other professors who worked with Dr. Hwang either were suspended or had their salaries cut, the school said.

“The professors fundamentally abandoned honesty and sincerity … and caused the fall in the school’s honor and the country’s international confidence,” the university said yesterday.

DENMARK

Radical Muslim charged with threats

COPENHAGEN — A radical Islamic group’s spokesman has been charged with threatening the government for distributing a leaflet urging Muslims to “eliminate” rulers who prevent them from joining the Iraq insurgency, a Danish prosecutor said yesterday.

The leaflets, from the Danish chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir, called on Muslims to travel to Iraq to join the insurgents fighting coalition troops. They urged Muslims to “eliminate your rulers if they stand in your way” — a phrase interpreted as a direct threat to the Danish government.

EGYPT

Honorary degree clouds Prince Charles’ visit

CAIRO — Prince Charles stirred a small controversy in Egypt even before his scheduled arrival in the country yesterday, as some Islamic scholars objected to plans to award him an honorary doctorate.

Al-Azhar University has decided to give Charles the award in appreciation of his interest in Islam and his promotion of greater understanding of Islam in the West.

CHINA

Putin visit focuses on energy ties

BEIJING — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived today for a visit that is to include talks on building a pipeline to deliver Siberian oil to fuel China’s booming economy — and his fifth meeting in less than a year with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Officials in both countries are looking to build on rapidly warming ties to spur new investment between the former Cold War rivals and double last year’s $29 billion in trade by 2010.

China is competing fiercely with Japan — a leading buyer of Russian oil and gas — for a favorable routing of the 2,550-mile East Siberian-Pacific pipeline that Russia plans to construct.

BRITAIN

Downing Street cat dead at 18

LONDON — Humphrey, the stray cat who wandered into No. 10 Downing St., and lived with two British prime ministers before being evicted by Tony Blair, has died. He was about 18.

Mr. Blair’s office said late Sunday that Humphrey died last week at the home of a civil servant who had adopted him.

The stray wandered into Downing Street in 1989 when it was occupied by then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The black-and-white stray wandered into Downing Street in 1989 when it was occupied by then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He was named in honor of Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Machiavellian civil servant in the sitcom “Yes, Minister.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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