- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2007


Three charged in London bombings

LONDON — Prosecutors filed charges yesterday against three persons who purportedly conspired with suicide bombers in the attacks that killed 52 subway and bus passengers in London on July 7, 2005.

For the first time, authorities said the plot’s targets may have included London tourist attractions, including Big Ben.

The three, who were arrested last month, are from the same area of West Yorkshire, England, as three of the four suicide bombers.


Republican lawmaker also visits Assad

DAMASCUS — A Republican congressman met Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday, a day after a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, spurning the White House policy of isolating the Syrian leadership.

Rep. Darrell Issa of California, a Lebanese-American, said President Bush had failed to promote the dialogue that is necessary to resolve disagreements between the United States and Syria.

“That’s an important message to realize: We have tensions, but we have two functioning embassies,” Mr. Issa told reporters after separate meetings with the Syrian leader and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem.


Council to discuss climate change

NEW YORK — The U.N. Security Council put climate change on its agenda for the first time and will hold a high-level meeting this month to discuss potential threats to international security from global warming.

The council will look at the effect of climate change on water, agricultural production, the potential for famine and crop surpluses, Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, the council president, said.


Suspect loses bid to fight terror law

OTTAWA — The man set to be the first person tried under Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act lost his bid to challenge the law’s constitutionality yesterday, when the Supreme Court refused to hear his case.

Momin Khawaja, a Canadian citizen, is charged with conspiring with seven British Muslims to carry out bomb attacks in Britain. He was seeking to have all charges against him dropped based on the law’s unconstitutionality.


Cruise ship hits rocks; hundreds evacuated

ATHENS — A listing cruise ship carrying nearly 1,600 people was evacuated safely yesterday after it struck rocks and began taking on water off the Greek island of Santorini, authorities said.

No injuries were reported aboard the Sea Diamond. The Merchant Marine Ministry said 1,195 passengers — most of them from North America — and 391 crew members were on board.

Louis Cruise Lines, a Cyprus-based company operates the 469-foot vessel.


Endangered turtles ‘race’ across Pacific

SAN JOSE — Eleven leatherback turtles are swimming across the Pacific Ocean to the Galapagos Islands in a “race” that will be tracked online to draw attention to the plight of the endangered creatures.

The turtles have been tagged with satellite communication devices that give their positions as they head south from their nesting sites on Costa Rica’s Playa Grande beach to feeding grounds near the Galapagos, about 950 miles away.

The race is aimed at highlighting the dangers facing a creature that has graced the oceans for 100 million years.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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