- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 11, 2007

BANGLADESH

Gunmen kill Islamists’ prosecutor

JHALAKATHI — A lawyer who prosecuted seven Islamist militants, six of whom have since been hanged, was killed yesterday by unidentified gunmen in a southern Bangladeshi town, police said.

Haider Hossain was fatally shot near a mosque in Jhalakathi, where Islamists killed two judges in late 2005.

Bangladesh on March 30 executed by hanging six of the convicted Islamists including Shayek Abdur Rahman, chief of outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahedeen, and Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai, head of another banned group called Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh.

UKRAINE

President freezes order: Crisis averted

KIEV — President Viktor Yushchenko is willing to freeze his order to dissolve parliament, a chief aide said yesterday in what appeared to be a major concession aimed at resolving Ukraine’s political crisis.

Last week, Mr. Yushchenko ordered the parliament dissolved and called early elections. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and his majority coalition in parliament vowed to defy the order.

LEBANON

U.N. asked to create tribunal on Hariri

BEIRUT — Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has asked the U.N. Security Council to install an international tribunal to try suspects in the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri.

The request, faxed to the Associated Press yesterday, followed Mr. Siniora’s failure to win the opposition’s support for the tribunal.

In the letter, the prime minister cited “unjustified difficulties” that hamper the process of ratifying the tribunal in Lebanon and accused pro-Syrian parliament Speaker Nabih Berri of “paralyzing” the assembly because he refused to convene a session to ratify the tribunal.

BAHAMAS

Sole custody sought of Anna Nicole’s baby

NASSAU — Larry Birkhead said yesterday he doesn’t plan to share legal custody of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, a day after a court announced that DNA tests proved he is the father.

A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, during which a judge is expected to discuss who will raise 7-month-old Dannielynn.

Howard K. Stern, who has been caring for the baby since Mrs. Smith’s sudden death in February, said Tuesday he wouldn’t fight for custody, but an attorney for Mrs. Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, indicated she might.

SUDAN

U.S. postpones sanctions over Darfur

The United States will delay for several weeks new sanctions against Sudan over its handling of Darfur to give the United Nations more time to negotiate with Khartoum, the U.S. special envoy to Sudan said yesterday.

Special envoy Andrew Natsios told lawmakers that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had asked the United States at the end of last month to wait for two to four weeks to enable him to negotiate a U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur, which Sudan has refused.

He spoke to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, where Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, called for the use of American military force to stop the fighting.

SOMALIA

Gunbattle ends week of calm

MOGADISHU — Ethiopian-backed government troops and Islamist insurgents exchanged gunfire in northern Mogadishu yesterday, killing at least four persons and ending more than a week of relative calm in this battle-scarred city, witnesses said.

Mogadishu’s dominant clan, the Hawiye, had brokered a cease-fire about 10 days ago to end the worst fighting here in 15 years.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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