- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Security Council nations mull incentives

NEW YORK — Key Security Council nations agreed yesterday to present Iran with a choice of incentives or sanctions in deciding whether to suspend uranium enrichment, a move which will delay a U.N. resolution to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a European official said.

Representatives of the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France as well as Germany made the decision at a meeting after more than three hours of talks by their foreign ministers Monday did not produce an agreement on the resolution.

The Chinese and Russians have balked at British, French and U.S. efforts to put the resolution under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter. Such a move would declare Iran a threat to international peace and security and set the stage for further measures if Tehran refuses to comply. Those measures could range from breaking diplomatic relations to economic sanctions and military action.


Zuma apologizes for ‘unsafe’ sex

JOHANNESBURG — A day after he was acquitted of rape, former Deputy President Jacob Zuma apologized yesterday for having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive woman but denied he had harmed South Africa’s AIDS-prevention efforts.

Mr. Zuma’s testimony that he thought he faced little risk from unprotected consensual sex with his accuser brought a scolding from the judge and angered activists who said he set a terrible example and demonstrated a shocking ignorance about the HIV virus, which causes AIDS.

Before the rape trial and an unrelated corruption case that goes to trial in July, Mr. Zuma was seen as the man destined to succeed Thabo Mbeki as president. With yesterday’s press conference, he began what promises to be a vigorous attempt to revive his political career.


Assembly blocks reform proposals

NEW YORK — In a widely expected vote, the U.N. General Assembly blocked reform proposals that would have given Secretary-General Kofi Annan more budget power.

A powerful bloc of developing nations said the reforms would rob them of powers over the U.N. budget. Because of their overwhelming numbers, the developing nations were able to get their way over rich nations that pay more than 85 percent of U.N. finances and had supported Mr. Annan’s proposals.


Blair’s popularitycontinues to plummet

LONDON — British Prime Minister Tony Blair ranks as the most unpopular Labor prime minister since the 1960s, according to an opinion poll in today’s edition of the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Just 26 percent of respondents to the YouGov poll said they were satisfied by Mr. Blair’s performance — one percentage point down from where Harold Wilson stood in May 1968 after a devaluation of the pound sterling.

The survey also indicated that support for the main opposition Conservatives is running at 37 percent, against 31 percent for Labor and 17 percent for the Liberal Democrats.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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