- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 7, 2007


Coastal patrol catches illegal aliens

ATHENS — The Greek coast guard yesterday intercepted 34 would-be illegal aliens on the Aegean island of Chios, the merchant marine ministry said.

The migrants neared the island on a 26-foot wooden boat and landed despite warnings from a Greek coast guard patrol to turn back.

The boat later caught fire and sank. The migrants, who are without identification papers, were taken to the local hospital for health tests.


Tourist disappears; kidnapping suspected

STOCKHOLM — A 17-year-old Swedish girl has gone missing in Syria, the Swedish foreign ministry said yesterday.

“Interpol and Syrian police are working on the case. The Swedish Embassy and the foreign ministry are involved as well,” spokeswoman Petra Hansson said.

According to the Swedish tabloid Expressen, the girl was kidnapped during the early hours of March 9 while she was on vacation.

Her family, who lives in Sweden, is said to have received an anonymous call saying she is being held by four men and one woman in Syria, the tabloid said.


Slain journalist remembered

MOSCOW — About 400 people lit candles and laid flowers in the center of the Russian capital yesterday to commemorate investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, killed six months ago outside her Moscow apartment.

Demonstrators held placards reading “Down with President Vladimir Putin” and “Stop the war in Chechnya.” Miss Politkovskaya was known for her opposition to Kremlin policies on Chechnya.

The murder of Miss Politkovskaya, a fierce critic of Mr. Putin, drew worldwide condemnation. Mr. Putin has called the murder of Miss Politkovskaya a disgusting crime and urged the police to find her killers.


Speeding drivers warm the world

BERLIN — European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas yesterday urged Germany, the current holder of the rotating European Union presidency, to do more to protect the environment.

“The EU’s aims on climate protection cannot be realized unless Germany, the biggest economy in Europe, is on board,” he told the German daily Die Welt.

German motorways are among the few that have no general speed limit.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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