- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 8, 2007

IRAN

IAEA board approves nuclear aid cut

VIENNA, Austria — The U.N. nuclear agency’s board of governors yesterday approved cuts in technical aid to Iran to uphold U.N. sanctions implemented over concern that Tehran may be trying to master the means to build atomic bombs.

The move by the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency reflected a December resolution by the U.N. Security Council banning transfers of technology or expertise to Iran that might be applied to producing nuclear fuel.

GAZA STRIP

Palestinians rush crossing to Egypt

RAFAH — Palestinian border guards wielding clubs and firing toward the ground pushed back hundreds of Palestinian travelers who surged toward a Gaza-Egypt border terminal yesterday during a rare opening of the coastal strip’s only gateway to the world.

Seven Palestinians were hurt, including two by gunfire, and passenger traffic into Egypt was halted by midmorning because of the chaos.

COLOMBIA

Uribe pleads for continued aid

BOGOTA — Facing skeptics in the new Democrat-led U.S. Congress, President Alvaro Uribe pleaded with the American public yesterday to continue a $700 million annual aid package that he credits for making his violence-tortured nation more peaceful and less corrupt.

“I ask the world, I ask the United States, to support us. We haven’t yet won but we are winning. And we will persist,” Mr. Uribe said three days before his close ally President Bush arrives for a visit.

Many of the Democrats who won control of the U.S. Congress in November elections have expressed doubts about the effectiveness of nearly $4 billion in mostly military aid to Colombia since Mr. Uribe took office in 2002.

ECUADOR

Fired lawmakers barred from Congress

QUITO — Police surrounded Ecuador’s Congress yesterday to keep out dozens of lawmakers who were fired a day earlier by four electoral judges whom the lawmakers had sought to impeach in the latest constitutional crisis for the small Andean nation.

The four judges of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal accused the 57 legislators of interfering with a referendum on whether to rewrite the constitution.

RUSSIA

Civilian flights resume in Chechnya

GROZNY — The first regularly scheduled civilian passenger flight since 1999 arrived at Chechnya’s main airport yesterday, in what officials say is yet another sign that the war-racked Russian region has returned to normal.

A Tu-134 jet carrying 68 passengers touched down at Grozny’s renovated airport just after 1 p.m., greeted by hundreds, including Ramzan Kadyrov, who became the Chechen president this month.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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