- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2007

TURKEY

Suspect held in hijacking

ANKARA — A man suspected of commandeering a Turkish jetliner yesterday by threatening to set off a bomb was detained after the plane landed in Ankara, authorities said. No explosives were found.

Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said a passenger announced he had a bomb after the Pegasus airline Boeing 737 took off from Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast.

The suspect, identified as Mehmet Goksin Gol, 39, initially said he wanted the plane diverted to the capital, Ankara, but changed his mind and demanded it fly to Tehran, Mr. Yildirim said. But the pilots landed at Ankara and the man surrendered about 40 minutes later.

No injuries were reported among the 178 passengers and six crew members.

EGYPT

Pharaoh’s hair put on display

CAIRO — Locks of 3,200-year-old hair from the pharaoh Ramses II stolen 30 years ago in France and returned to Egypt after being offered for sale on the Internet were put on display at the Egyptian Museum yesterday.

The theft was discovered when the pieces of hair were put up for sale on a Web site in November by a French postman, Jean-Michel Diebolt, who set a price tag of $2,600.

Mr. Diebolt is the son of a French researcher who examined the 3,200-year-old mummy when it was brought to France in 1976 for treatment to stop the spread of a rare fungus. The postman is being investigated in France on suspicion of possessing stolen goods.

Weekly notes …

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday during a meeting in Bethlehem with Christian leaders that he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert next week in the first regular encounter of an agreement reached during Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent visit. Mr. Abbas did not specify the day, and the Israeli side gave no confirmation. … Algeria and Libya have reached agreement on the free movement of people and vehicles between the two countries, the Algerie Presse Service reported yesterday. The North African neighbors also agreed to raise the level of their political consultations after their prime ministers met Sunday and Monday in Tripoli, Libya’s capital.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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