- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2006


Schwarzenegger calls border policy ‘crazy’

MEXICO CITY — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday the federal government was “crazy” to clamp down on border security without also passing a law to allow more foreign workers into the United States.

Mr. Schwarzenegger was one of few Republicans to do well in the midterm elections on Tuesday after distancing himself from President Bush and taking more moderate positions. He said a U.S. plan to build more fences on the Mexican border was only a limited solution to the illegal alien problem.

“It is crazy for the federal government not to simultaneously … also create a law where we can bring more people into the country legally,” he said during a private meeting with Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon.


99-year leases given to black farmers

HARARE — Zimbabwe’s government began a program to issue 99-year leases to black farmers allocated land seized mostly from white farmers, state radio reported yesterday.

The official state press said President Robert Mugabe described the first leases as a landmark in his redistribution program that would improve farm production by giving new farmers security of tenure for more than a generation.

The land expropriations have been sharply criticized abroad, and many blame them for the collapse of the farm production in a country that was once the region’s breadbasket.


Court slams order on Unification Church

KARLSRUHE — Germany’s highest court this week ordered a lower panel to re-examine an order banning the founder of the Unification Church from entering the country.

German officials denied visas to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife when the Korean-born couple wanted to visit followers in 1995 because Berlin views his organization as a dangerous sect. The Constitutional Court, ruling Thursday in Rev. Moon’s favor, said a 2002 lower court decision upholding the ban violated the right to religious freedom and should be reviewed.

The U.S. government has criticized German restrictions on the Unification Church, calling them an infringement of religious freedom.


Cold War spy praised lavishly

MOSCOW — Russia paid lavish tribute to dead East German spymaster Markus Wolf yesterday, playing up his Russian background and recalling past espionage triumphs over the United States and its allies during the Cold War.

“The memory of this wonderful, steely person will forever stay in our hearts,” the Defense Ministry newspaper Red Star said, while Russia’s association of former spies said it was saddened by his death.

Mr. Wolf, who masterminded some of the Cold War’s biggest spying coups as the head of 4,000 spies for the Stasi secret police, died Thursday in Berlin.


Researchers report cancer breakthrough

LONDON — Scientists revealed yesterday they have developed a potential new type of targeted therapy for prostate cancer that is activated by a protein made by the cancerous cells themselves.

In early laboratory and animal tests, the therapy killed the cancerous prostate cells without harming any healthy cells or tissue.

Researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, who devised the new treatment, told a medical conference in Prague it produced significant results.

Nearly 680,000 men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer, which causes 220,000 deaths. It occurs most often in older men.

From wire services and staff reports

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