- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2006


West to urge ban of nuclear sales

VIENNA, Austria — The United States, France and Britain will urge the U.N. Security Council to ban the sale of missile and nuclear technology to Iran for its defiance of demands to stop uranium enrichment, diplomats said yesterday.

The U.N. diplomats told the Associated Press that a draft resolution would commit U.N. member countries to deny entry to Iranian officials involved in developing the country’s missile or nuclear programs.

The measure also would deny most specialist help provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency.


French troops’ role in genocide probed

KIGALI — A Rwandan government-appointed commission launched a probe yesterday into accusations French troops supported soldiers behind Rwanda’s 1994 genocide and helped facilitate mass murder.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, a Tutsi, whose government came to power after the genocide, has accused France of training and arming Hutu militias who were the main force behind a 100-day slaughter that killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Kigali says France backed the government of Rwanda’s former president, Juvenal Habyarimana, providing military training for government forces, despite knowing that some within the leadership were planning to use the troops to commit genocide.


Paul weakens to tropical storm

SAN JOSE DEL CABO — Hurricane Paul weakened to a tropical storm yesterday as it headed toward the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, whipping up high surf that left one person dead and another missing in the resort region.

Paul had maximum sustained winds near 65 mph, but was expected to further weaken before making landfall south of Los Cabos early today, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Forecasters warned, however, that the storm could still dump up to 10 inches of rain in the mountains on Mexico’s mainland, causing severe flooding.


Hominid Lucy coming to U.S.

ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia agreed yesterday to exhibit its world-acclaimed archaeological find — the 3.2-million-year-old remains of a female hominid known as Lucy — and 190 other heritage items in America, officials said.

An exhibition is scheduled for September 2007 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and then will move to 10 other U.S. museums. Lucy is expected to return to Ethiopia in 2013.


U.S. confirms death of bombings suspect

American officials have confirmed that an al Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania was killed in April in Pakistan, CNN reported late yesterday.

Pakistani officials had said that Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah was killed in North Waziristan during an air strike by Pakistani forces near the border with Afghanistan, the 24-hour news channel reported.

DNA testing confirmed the Pakistani government’s claim, U.S. officials said, and Atwah’s name was removed from the FBI’s list of most-wanted terrorists.


Judge strikes down terrorism definition

TORONTO — A judge yesterday struck down a portion of Canada’s anti-terrorism law, ruling that the clause dealing with the definition of terrorism violates the country’s bill of rights.

The ruling hands at least a partial victory to terror suspect Mohammed Momin Khawaja, who was the first person charged under Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act. The law was passed after the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Justice Douglas Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice “severed” a clause in the law that deals with ideological, religious or political motivation for illegal acts, but said the case can still go to trial.

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