- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Surgery considered for 3-armed baby

SHANGHAI — Doctors yesterday were considering surgical options for a 2-month-old boy born with an unusually well-formed third arm.

Neither of the boy’s two left arms is fully functional and tests have so far been unable to determine which was more developed, said Dr. Chen Bochang, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.

The boy, identified only as “Jie-jie,” also was born with just one kidney and may have problems that could lead to curvature of the spine, local press reports said. Jie-jie cried when either of his left arms was touched, but smiled and responded normally to other stimuli, the reports said.


Parliament demands arrests in deadly crash

KABUL — Afghanistan’s parliament yesterday demanded the arrest of those responsible for a deadly crash involving a U.S. military truck that set off the worst riots here since the Taliban regime fell. Police said 12 persons died in the unrest.

The U.S.-led military coalition again expressed its regret about Monday’s accident, which it blamed on brake failure. The accident killed at least five persons.

While a heavy security presence restored order on Kabul’s streets, anger lingered among many Afghans over the behavior of U.S. troops.


Marines to leave Japan for Guam

TOKYO — Some 8,000 U.S. Marines will leave Okinawa for Guam under a proposal approved by Tokyo that is the largest realignment of U.S. troops based in Japan in 50 years, a senior Japanese official said yesterday.

The sweeping change approved by the Cabinet will give Japan greater responsibility for security in Asia, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said.

Japan and the United States agreed on the plan in April, saying it would streamline American forces in Japan and alleviate some of the complaints of people in Okinawa, an island that hosts nearly half the 50,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan.


U.N. names nation with most AIDS cases

JAKARTA, Indonesia — India now has the largest number of AIDS infections as the spread of the disease shows no sign of letting up a quarter-century into an epidemic that has claimed 25 million lives, the U.N. reported yesterday.

The data released by UNAIDS shows that India now has the largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS. With an estimated 5.7 million infections, it has surpassed South Africa’s 5.5 million.

But the epidemic remains at its worst in sub-Saharan Africa, where per capita rates continue to climb in several countries. A third of adults were infected in Swaziland as of 2005.


Pedophiles demand lower age of consent

AMSTERDAM — Dutch pedophiles are starting a political party to push for a drop in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage.

The Charity, Freedom and Diversity (NVD) party said on its Web site it wanted to cut the legal age for sexual relations to 12 and eventually scrap the limit altogether.

An opinion poll showed that 82 percent of residents want the government to do something to stop the new party, while 67 percent said promoting pedophilia should be illegal.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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