- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 13, 2007

EGYPT

Muslims arrested in attacks on Christians

CAIRO — Egyptian security forces yesterday arrested 59 Muslims accused of setting fire to Christians’ homes and shops in clashes over church construction that underlined lingering sectarian tensions, security sources said.

They said prosecutors ordered the arrests after taking the testimony of 10 Coptic Christians who were hurt in the clashes on Friday in the village of Behma, about 40 miles south of Cairo, where hundreds of people from both faiths fought with sticks and hurled bricks and firebombs at one another.

No Christians were being held.

SAUDI ARABIA

Cheney meets king on Mideast tour

RIYADH — Vice President Dick Cheney arrived yesterday in Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally that has grown cold on Washington’s Iraq policy, for talks with King Abdullah expected to discuss Iran’s growing power.

Mr. Cheney, who arrived in Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates, where he visited a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf, has said Iran would top his talks with Arab leaders during his regional visit.

Saudi television showed King Abdullah receiving Mr. Cheney in the desert town of Tabuk in the far north of Saudi Arabia. Cheney was due to leave yesterday for Cairo.

BRAZIL

Pope: Drug traffickers face God’s judgment

GUARATINGUETA — Pope Benedict XVI warned Latin America’s ruthless drug cartels yesterday that they would face God’s harsh judgment for wrecking countless lives across the region.

After hearing moving stories of hardship and recovery from former cocaine and heroin addicts on the fourth day of his visit to Brazil, the pope said drug abuse was a scourge throughout Latin America.

“I therefore urge the drug dealers to reflect on the grave harm they are inflicting on countless young people and on adults from every level of society,” he said in a speech to recovering addicts at the Farm of Hope rehabilitation center in the rural town of Guaratingueta.

During his trip to the world’s most populous Roman Catholic county, the pope has railed against the hedonism of modern society and exhorted people to lead more moral lives.

IRAN

President warns sanctions won’t work

TEHRAN — Iran will not be pushed by sanctions to suspend work on its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday, two days after six world powers met to discuss Iran’s defiance of U.N. demands.

Senior officials from the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany met in Berlin on Thursday to discuss Iran’s refusal to halt its uranium-enrichment work, as demanded by the U.N. Security Council.

The United Nations has imposed two sets of sanctions on Iran since December over its refusal to freeze enrichment, a process that can be used to make atomic bombs.

TAIWAN

Prime minister quits after losing primary

TAIPEI — Su Tseng-chang, prime minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan) stunned the nation with his resignation yesterday less than a week after he lost the primary for the 2008 presidential election.

President Chen Shui-bian held a press conference after the shock announcement to praise Mr. Su’s work but did not name his successor.

Analysts said Mr. Su’s resignation would deal a blow to Mr. Chen as he was the fifth man to quit the job during the president’s seven years in office.

NIGERIA

Chevron cuts back as terrorists attack

LAGOS — U.S. oil giant Chevron said yesterday it was suspending nonessential activities off Nigeria’s oil-rich southern coast days after four of its workers were seized from a construction vessel.

Nearly 40 gunmen on Tuesday attacked the vessel by using six small boats and seized four of the company’s U.S. subcontractors.

Chevron said it is working with Nigerian government agencies and community leaders in the region to improve the security situation so it could resume normal business operations as soon as possible.

SOUTH KOREA

Collision sinks ship; crew still missing

SEOUL — A South Korean cargo vessel sailing in fog collided with a Chinese freighter and sank yesterday off China’s northeast coast, and its 16-member crew was missing, the coast guard said.

The accident occurred before dawn yesterday about 38 miles southeast of Dalian, a coastal city in China’s Liao-ning province, said a South Korean coast guard official who only identified himself by his surname, Suh.

The crew of the Chinese ship — the 4,800-ton JinSheng — was unharmed and made it back to Dalian.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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