- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 12, 2006

BRITAIN

Official criticizes Gitmo detentions

LONDON — The detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is unacceptable and counterproductive, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said yesterday, underlining an increasingly critical stance of America’s closest ally on the U.S.-run prison.

Mrs. Beckett released Britain’s annual report on international human rights, which called for the camp to be closed and said Britain welcomed President Bush’s statement that he hopes to see Guantanamo shut down.

Mrs. Beckett’s strong words came on a day the Court of Appeal upheld the government’s refusal to seek the release of three of the six British residents still held at Guantanamo.

RUSSIA

Newspaper publishes slain reporter’s story

MOSCOW — A slain Russian journalist’s last story was published yesterday, revealing an unfinished report on torture in Chechnya that some colleagues think may have motivated her killing.

Anna Politkovskaya’s article described the torture of two terrorism suspects by the Kremlin-backed Chechen security services. It was accompanied by graphic images of abuse taken from a video apparently shot by the purported torturers.

Mrs. Politkovskaya, 48, was fatally shot in her apartment building Saturday.

SRI LANKA

Rebels hand over bodies of 74 soldiers

COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday handed over the bodies of 74 soldiers killed in a battle a day earlier to the Red Cross, taking the army’s death toll in one of the worst clashes since a 2002 truce to at least 129.

Nearly 300 soldiers were wounded in the fighting Wednesday near the besieged government-held enclave of Jaffna in the far north.

The military had recovered the bodies of 55 troops killed during the battle. The military said it killed about 200 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The rebels say 22 of their fighters died.

GAZA STRIP

Israel kills 8 Palestinians

GAZA CITY — Israel killed eight Palestinians, at least three of them Hamas militants, in the Gaza Strip yesterday, pressing a nearly four-month offensive begun after a soldier was abducted. Hamas’ armed wing responded by firing six makeshift rockets into Israel.

An Israeli missile fired from an unmanned aircraft killed two Palestinians, including a young girl, and wounded more than 10 in the Shijaia neighborhood in Gaza City.

The Israeli army said the attack was aimed at Ashraf Ferwana, a senior militant from the armed wing of Hamas. Residents said Ferwana survived, but his brother was killed.

CYPRUS

New species of mouse found

LONDON — A previously unknown type of mouse — with a bigger head, ears, eyes and teeth than other European mice — has been found on Cyprus, apparently the first new terrestrial mammal species discovered in Europe in decades.

The mouse is found only on the eastern Mediterranean island, said Thomas Cucchi, a research fellow at Durham University in northeast England. His findings appeared in the peer-reviewed Zootaxa, an international journal for animal taxonomists.

Mr. Cucchi, an archaeologist and specialist on the origin and human dispersal of house mice, found the species while working in Cyprus in 2004.

The new mouse had colonized and adapted to the Cypriot environment several thousand years before the arrival of man.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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