- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 28, 2006

FRANCE

Rampaging youths mark riot anniversary

CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS — Marauding youths torched hundreds of vehicles last night in renewed violence coinciding with the first anniversary of riots that exposed a deep schism between poor North African immigrants and mainstream France.

A group of teenagers set one bus on fire yesterday in the southern French port city of Marseille, seriously wounding a passenger. Three others suffered from smoke inhalation, police said. Two other public buses and 277 vehicles around the country were burned overnight, police said.

Police had braced for a bigger replay of violence in the poor suburbs predominantly made up of Muslim immigrants from former French colonies in Africa.

SOUTH AFRICA

Violent crime hits Nobel laureate

JOHANNESBURG — Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer was assaulted in her home by three men who robbed her of cash and jewelry, police said yesterday.

Mrs. Gordimer, 83, did not sustain serious injuries, and no arrests had been made, police spokesman Sgt. Sanku Tsunke said.

Sgt. Tsunke said three unarmed men broke into Mrs. Gordimer’s home Thursday morning, and one took her to a bedroom and demanded she open the safe. She handed over cash and jewelry, but would not part with her wedding ring from her marriage to art dealer Reinhold Cassirer, who died in 2001.

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban chief rejects peace talks offer

KABUL — Fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has rejected the latest offer of peace talks by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a rebel spokesman said yesterday.

Instead, the one-eyed leader with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head has repeated his threat to prosecute Mr. Karzai in an Islamic court for the “massacre” of Afghans.

Mr. Karzai on Friday repeated his offer for talks if the Taliban leadership met several conditions, including ending support from Pakistan and the involvement of foreign fighters.

SAUDI ARABIA

CIA director briefs King Abdullah

JIDDA — CIA director Michael V. Hayden yesterday delivered a message from President Bush to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the official SPA news agency reported.

Although it did not elaborate on what was discussed, Mr. Hayden visited a day after Western naval forces in the Gulf were reportedly on heightened alert for possible seaborne attacks against the world’s largest oil-producing country.

Mr. Hayden met the king, Saudi intelligence head Prince Miqren bin Abdul Aziz and senior advisers to the monarch at the Red Sea Port of Jidda, according to the agency.

BRITAIN

Blair faces demands over prison deaths

LONDON — Hundreds of protesters yesterday urged British Prime Minister Tony Blair to seek justice for people whose deaths implicated law-enforcement officials, including a Brazilian shot during an anti-terror raid.

Dozens of families of people who died in prison, police or psychiatric custody were among about 400 people taking part in the United Families and Friends Campaign demonstration, organizers said.

Among them were the cousins of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian mistakenly gunned down last year by anti-terror police.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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