- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2006

PALESTINE

Haniyeh urges West not to bypass Hamas

GAZA CITY — Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called yesterday for Middle East peace brokers to deal directly with the Hamas-led government, saying Palestinians cannot afford to wait weeks for a new aid mechanism that bypasses Hamas.

“We will not surrender to the measures by the Quartet,” said Mr. Haniyeh, a leader of the militant group Hamas, which formed a government after winning a January election.

The Quartet — the United States, Russia, European Union and the United Nations — agreed last Tuesday to create the new mechanism for funneling funds to the Palestinians and will run it for a three-month trial period.

BRAZIL

Gang attacks spread, leaving 52 dead

SAO PAULO — A notorious criminal gang unleashed a second wave of attacks on police yesterday, bringing the number of persons killed to 52 in the deadliest assault of its kind in Brazil’s largest state, authorities said.

Another 18 related prison rebellions also broke out yesterday, bringing the number of uprisings across Sao Paulo state to 36. Inmates were holding more than 120 people hostage.

Officials say the attacks were planned by a gang in response to the transfer of several imprisoned leaders, a practice authorities use to sever the inmates’ ties to gang members outside the prison system.

ISRAEL

American teen dies from Tel Aviv bomb

JERUSALEM — A Florida teenager wounded in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last month died yesterday from his injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Daniel Wultz, 16, of Weston, Fla., came to Israel with his parents to visit relatives on Passover. He and his father, Tuly, were having lunch at a Tel Aviv restaurant on April 17 when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated about 10 pounds of explosives in the entrance.

His death brought the number of those killed in the attack to 11, in addition to the suicide bomber. Dozens were wounded, including Daniel’s father, who survived.

BRITAIN

London’s mayor hails Venezuela’s Chavez

LONDON — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was greeted by hundreds of jubilant supporters on his arrival in London for two days to meet various figures from the British left.

He was welcomed to London by the city’s left-wing mayor, Ken Livingstone, who opened the meeting by accusing President Bush of running “a gangster regime.”

“We salute you, Mr. President,” Mr. Livingstone said to Mr. Chavez. “Londoners stand with you, not with the oil companies and the oligarchs.”

BRITAIN

Christian group warns about climate change

LONDON — Disease spread by global climate change could kill an extra 185 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of the century unless rich nations take action now, says a report released today.

Christian Aid said rich developed countries had to end their dependence on fossil fuels and set aside large sums of aid to help poorer nations ride out the worst effects of global warming.

“Rich countries must take responsibility for having largely created this problem,” the organization said. “Poor people will take the brunt, so we are calling on rich countries to help them adjust.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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