- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2006


Terror plotter draws life sentence

LONDON — A Muslim convert was imprisoned for life yesterday for plotting to kill thousands of people in devastating terror attacks in Britain and the United States, with the judge saying he should serve at least 40 years.

Dhiren Barot, 34, planned synchronized attacks in the two war-on-terrorism allies, including collapsing financial institutions, a so-called “dirty bomb” and a blast on a London subway train under the River Thames, a court heard.

The London native, thought to have links to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terror network, plotted to create “massive explosions” by packing limousines with explosives and parking them beneath or near buildings, including hotels.


Tutu joins Bushmen’s fight for land

JOHANNESBURG — South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu threw his support yesterday behind a fight by San Bushmen for rights to ancestral land, urging Botswana’s government not to destroy their unique way of life.

A final judgment is expected next month in what is Botswana’s longest-running court case, when a judge is due to rule on the Bushmen’s claim that they were driven out of the Kalahari Desert unlawfully.

In a newly recorded video message, the retired Anglican archbishop said the Bushmen’s culture, which dates back tens of thousands of years, was “one of the world’s treasures.”


Pope presses bishops on theology, ethics

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI yesterday called on Swiss bishops to show “unanimity” against abortion, divorce and homosexual unions at a time when the church’s position on these issues is losing traction in Europe.

Meeting with the bishops at the Vatican, the head of the Roman Catholic Church reminded them that their mission was to “get across the Christian message … taking care that there be unity and unanimity among you in the necessary positions you take on theological and ethical questions.”

Pope Benedict said the crisis facing the institution of marriage in the region, as well as the growing abortion rate and recognition of homosexual unions, were “an evident sign of de-Christianization.”


Warming threatens heritage sites

NAIROBI — Rising sea levels and ocean temperatures, floods and other calamities linked to global warming threaten hundreds of natural and man-made cultural sites around the world, the United Nations said yesterday.

From a renowned coral reef off Belize and ancient Thai ruins, to baroque concert halls in the Czech Republic and Venice, the effects of climate change are imperiling countless sites revered by millions, it said.

The findings, presented at the 12th conference of parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, suggest that global warming, which threatens billions of people on the planet, is also endangering culture.


Activists urge ban of gay rights parade

JERUSALEM — Religious leaders and conservative activists have asked Israel’s Supreme Court to ban a homosexual march planned for Jerusalem this week, with a government minister terming the rally an “abomination on the streets.”

The high court will examine three petitions to ban the parade today. It has thrown out previous petitions.

A prominent member of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, Rabbi Shmuel Pappenheim, said that a group of rabbis intended to place a Kabbalistic curse on the rally.

From wires services and staff reports

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