- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Scientists propose climate-change plan

NEW YORK — An international panel of scientists presented the United Nations with a sweeping, detailed plan yesterday to combat climate change — a challenge, it said, “to which civilization must rise.”

Failure would produce a turbulent 21st century of weather extremes, spreading drought and disease, expanding oceans and displaced coastal populations, it said.

After a two-year study, the 18-member group, representing 11 nations, offered scores of recommendations, ranging from pouring billions more dollars into research and development of cleaner energy sources to mobilizing U.N. and other agencies to help affected people to winning political agreement on a global temperature “ceiling.”


Hezbollah threatens U.S., Israel on Iran

BEIRUT — The deputy chief of Hezbollah warned yesterday that any “military adventure” by the United States and Israel against Iran would have dangerous consequences across the Mideast.

Sheik Naim Kassem suggested that his pro-Iranian group would not get involved if the U.S. attacks Iran, but he raised the possibility that Israel might attack Lebanon as part of such an assault — in which case, he said, Hezbollah would “definitely” respond.

He said Hezbollah guerrillas were making plans in case Israel, like last summer, attacks Lebanon.


Castro, Chavez confer live on radio

CARACAS, Venezuela — Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public for months while he has been recovering from stomach surgery, talked on a live Venezuelan radio show with President Hugo Chavez late yesterday.

The conversation was the first time people had been able to hear the Cuban leader live since his emergency operation last year.

Mr. Chavez, who calls Mr. Castro his mentor, has frequently visited him during his convalescence and images of the meetings have been broadcast afterward. The last such meeting was in January.


Terrorism measures scrapped over rights

OTTAWA — Canadian lawmakers yesterday voted 159-124 against prolonging extraordinary security measures adopted after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, saying they breach civil rights.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government had said the provisions, which allowed authorities to make preventative arrests and compel testimony from witnesses about terrorist plots, would help prevent attacks.

But all three opposition parties argued that the controversial tools had never been used by police and were a blatant violation of civil rights. Thus, they should sunset on March 1, as prescribed by the act.


Fish regulator seeks tuna limits

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top fisheries official yesterday pressed for stronger protections for the overfished bluefin tuna, an increasingly rare delicacy in high-end restaurants around the world.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg said he wants to extend the fishing off-season, reduce tuna sold on the black market, and impose new worldwide cuts in catch quotas as quickly as possible.

The European Union’s 27 member states were expected to approve the measure within weeks, officials said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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