- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

IRAN

Students urged to purge faculty

TEHRAN — Iran’s hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called yesterday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country’s universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism.

“Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Mr. Ahmadinejad as saying during a meeting with a group of students.

Iran retired dozens of liberal university professors and teachers earlier this year. And last November, Mr. Ahmadinejad’s administration for the first time named a cleric to head the country’s oldest institution of higher education, Tehran University.

LEBANON

Hariri slaying prober wounded by bomb

BEIRUT — A leading investigator of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was wounded by a roadside bomb that killed four other persons yesterday.

Lt. Col. Samir Shehade, deputy head of the intelligence department in the national police force, was hospitalized in stable condition in the southern port of Sidon.

Four of Col. Shehade’s aides and bodyguards were killed when the remote-controlled bomb detonated near their two-car police convoy in the southern town of Rmaile. Five persons in the convoy in addition to Col. Shehade were wounded.

Meanwhile, in Ankara, the Turkish parliament voted after fierce debate at an extraordinary session yesterday to authorize the government to send troops to the U.N. force in Lebanon. And in Cairo, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he hoped for word on the lifting of an Israeli blockade on Lebanon within two days.

GAZA STRIP

Security officers rage over back pay

GAZA CITY — Palestinian security officers went on a rampage in Gaza City yesterday to demand back pay from the cash-strapped Hamas-led government, while Israel pressed ahead with its offensive against Hamas militants, killing three.

Several thousand Palestinian security officers fired rifles in the air and assaulted the parliament building, the first time armed forces have joined the workers’ protests over back pay.

Late yesterday, three Hamas militants were killed in two Israeli air strikes on cars in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza.

POLAND

Priests collaborated with communists

ROME — Priests working in the Vatican for Poland’s secret services during the communist era spied extensively on Pope John Paul II, a Polish cardinal was quoted as saying yesterday.

Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the primate of Poland, was quoted by Italian news agency ANSA as saying that John Paul was monitored by clergymen who collaborated with Poland’s feared security forces keeping tabs on Poles’ daily lives under the communists.

John Paul was “spied on, and how,” on orders from authorities in the Soviet Union, Cardinal Glemp said while attending an interfaith meeting in the central Italian town of Assisi.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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