- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

GERMANY

Skull desecration in Afghanistan probed

BERLIN — Newspaper pictures purporting to show German soldiers desecrating a human skull in Afghanistan caused outrage in Germany yesterday and prompted the government to start an immediate investigation.

A photograph of a smiling soldier in fatigues posing with a skull was splashed on the front page of top-selling German daily Bild under the headline: “Shock photos of German troops.”

The images apparently were taken more than three years ago. Bild said the soldiers were on a routine tour around Kabul.

GUANTANAMO

Attorney, detainee contact limit sought

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. government has proposed limiting contact between defense attorneys and detainees at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to court documents.

The government argues that it must restrict the detainees’ communications, as news of world events could incite the prisoners to violence.

The U.S. proposed the rules in a filing to a federal appeals court in Washington. The case deals with an Afghan detainee, but the government wants them to apply to other prisoners at Guantanamo. The prison camp holds some 430 detainees.

The rules, which would apply to detainees pursuing court challenges to their designations as “enemy combatants,” would tighten censorship of mail from attorneys and give the military more control over what attorneys can discuss with their clients, according to the filing.

ARGENTINA

Iranians indicted in ‘94 bombing

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine prosecutors asked a judge yesterday to issue an arrest warrant against former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and other Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed 85 persons.

The decision to attack the center “was undertaken in 1993 by the highest authorities of the then-government of Iran,” prosecutor Alberto Nisman said. The actual attack was entrusted to the Lebanon-based group Hezbollah, he added.

RUSSIA

Ballistic-missile test fails a second time

MOSCOW — An experimental Russian ballistic missile veered off course and fell into the sea shortly after being test-launched from a nuclear submarine yesterday, the country’s second launch failure in as many months, officials said.

The Bulava missile was launched from underwater in the White Sea northeast of St. Petersburg toward a testing range on the far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, but it veered off its designated flight path minutes after liftoff. The missile broke apart and fell into the sea, the navy said.

BRITAIN

Surgeons get OK for face transplant

LONDON — British surgeons were yesterday given the final go-ahead to perform the world’s first full-face transplant, a radical procedure that has raised concerns about its physical and psychological risks.

The UK Face Transplantation team at the Royal Free Hospital in London received permission for four transplants from the hospital’s Research Ethics Committee.

Surgeons in France performed the world first partial face transplant last year on a woman who had been mauled by her dog.

CHILE

Report says Pinochet hid gold in Hong Kong

SANTIAGO — Chile’s government has asked a special prosecutor to investigate reports that former dictator Augusto Pinochet, already facing charges related to secret bank accounts, hid about 9 tons of gold in a Hong Kong bank.

Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley said the information was received several days ago and had been passed on to the State Defense Council, a military-civilian judicial team prosecuting Mr. Pinochet for other economic crimes.

El Mercurio newspaper reported the gold stash was being held in the ex-dictator’s name in Hong Kong warehouses of HSBC Bank PLC.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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