New bomb claim targets ‘enemies’
TEHRAN — Iran vowed yesterday to use a new 2,000-pound “smart” bomb against its enemies and announced mass production of the new weapon, state television reported.
The government first announced development of the long-range guided bomb Thursday, saying it can be deployed by the country’s aging U.S.-made F-4 and F-5 fighter jets. “We will use these [bombs] against our enemies when the time comes,” Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on state television yesterday.
Mideast summit set for tomorrow
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas tomorrow in Jerusalem to discuss progress in ongoing peace efforts, an Israeli government official said yesterday.
Senior Abbas aide Saeb Erekat said the date of the meeting is not yet definite. “We are still preparing for the meeting, and we hope that it will take place very soon,” Mr. Erekat said.
Two miners crawl out of trouble
BEIJING — Two brothers crawled to safety after being trapped for nearly six days in a Chinese coal mine, state press said today.
Rescuers and their family gave them up for dead after a tunnel collapse trapped the men underground for 130 hours, the China Daily said. Meng Xianchen and Meng Xianyou were trapped while working at an illegal mine in Beijing’s Fangshan District late Aug. 18. Two days later, rescue efforts were called off.
“The miners’ families were in despair, burning ‘ghost money’ for the deceased at the entrance of the mine,” the China Daily said. “The only people who didn’t give up were the miners themselves,” who started building a tunnel toward the entrance.
China has the world’s most dangerous coal-mining industry. A gas explosion in an Inner Mongolian mine that was operating illegally killed seven persons Saturday, as officials began handing compensation to families of 181 miners trapped and presumed dead after a flood last week in eastern China.
Chavez touts plan for sniper rifles
CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez said yesterday he plans to buy 5,000 Dragunov sniper rifles from Russia to protect his nation from a possible U.S. invasion.
The socialist revolutionary bolstered the OPEC nation’s weaponry by buying planes, helicopters and assault rifles from Russia to prepare for a guerrilla-style resistance to a foreign invader.
North building fence along China border
SEOUL — North Korea started building a fence along parts of its border with China, a press report said yesterday, in an apparent move to prevent North Koreans from fleeing the impoverished communist country.
The North installed posts across a six-mile stretch along a narrow tributary of the Yalu River, which marks the border between North Korea and China, and built a road to guard the area, Yonhap news agency reported.
From wire dispatches and staff reports