- The Washington Times - Friday, September 15, 2006

IRAQ

Trenches planned around Baghdad

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces will dig trenches around Baghdad and set up checkpoints along all roads leading into the city to reduce some of the violence in the capital, the Interior Ministry said yesterday.

To help halt the bloodshed, more U.S. troops have been shifted to Baghdad from the insurgent stronghold of Anbar province, a senior U.S. commander said.

Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier is missing from a suicide bombing 30 miles west of Baghdad that killed two soldiers, U.S. military officials said. A U.S. Marine was killed yesterday in Anbar province, and an American soldier was killed Thursday evening by a roadside bomb northwest of Baghdad.

GAZA STRIP

Intelligence official, 4 others killed

GAZA CITY — Gunmen killed a top intelligence official loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah and four of his bodyguards in a shooting yesterday near the Gaza home of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, residents said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the drive-by shooting, which killed Jad Tayeh, a senior official in the General Intelligence Service in Gaza, and his guards in their car.

IVORY COAST

Official attacked over toxic waste

ABIDJAN — Protesters angry about recent toxic waste dumping around Ivory Coast’s commercial capital attacked the country’s transport minister yesterday, pulling him from his car at a roadblock and beating him, a party official said.

The minister, Innocent Kobenan Anaky, managed to escape with injuries to his face, an official of his party said.

Some 9,000 people have reported to health facilities in the weeks since the material apparently was illegally dumped around Abidjan, with 19 persons requiring hospitalization, according to the Health Ministry. A spokesman said six persons died from exposure to the waste.

NORTH KOREA

Kim’s niece kills herself in Paris

SEOUL — A niece of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il killed herself in Paris Yonhap news agency reported yesterday.

Jang Keum-song, 29, died last month in Paris — where she was studying — because of what appeared to be an overdose of sleeping pills taken after drinking alcohol, a source in Seoul with access to intelligence on North Korea said.

Miss Jang’s body, which was found by her bodyguard, was subsequently sent back to Pyongyang. Mr. Kim has sent his three known sons overseas for studies. Members of North Korea’s elite are rewarded with postings abroad.

JAPAN

Top court rejects appeal by Aum chief

TOKYO — Japan’s Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by doomsday sect founder Shoko Asahara, paving the way for his execution for a string of killings including the 1995 nerve-gas attack on Tokyo’s subways.

The court upheld a lower court decision that Asahara, 51, was competent to face justice. The defense team for the former Aum Shinrikyo sect leader had argued he was mentally unstable.

Asahara was sentenced to death in 2004 for masterminding attacks that killed 27 persons, including the subway attack that killed 12.

BAHAMAS

Smith’s pathologist to do autopsy, too

NASSAU — Anna Nicole Smith’s attorney has been authorized to bring in a private pathologist to perform a second autopsy on her son, the head coroner in the Bahamas said yesterday.

The reality TV star and former Playboy playmate found her 20-year-old son Daniel Wayne Smith unresponsive last Sunday in her hospital room three days after she gave birth to a daughter. She called for help but doctors were unable to revive him.

The family’s pathologist perform the autopsy tomorrow. The results of the official autopsy, done Tuesday, have not been released.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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