- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 22, 2007


Rights probe called inadequate

COLOMBO — A Sri Lankan presidential probe into rights abuses and murders, including some blamed on state security forces, does not meet international standards and looks set to fail, foreign analysts said on Wednesday.

Among the issues being investigated is the massacre of 17 aid workers last year. Nordic truce monitors have blamed the killings on state security forces, but a government official accused aid group Action Contre la Faim of being responsible through negligence and irresponsibility.


Government bans TV channel

NEW DELHI — The Indian government banned a TV news channel for a month on Thursday after it aired a misleading sting operation in which it accused a Delhi teacher of blackmailing her students into becoming prostitutes.

Live India showed hidden camera footage and an anonymous interview with a supposed victim last month, accusing the teacher of drugging her students and making pornographic images of them.

Police have since arrested Prakash Singh, the journalist behind the report, and the woman who posed as a victim in the video, who police said was an aspiring journalist. They have been charged with cheating, fabricating false evidence and conspiracy.


82 killed in air strikes

KABUL — Heavy battles punctuated by air strikes killed 75 suspected Taliban and at least six civilians in Afghanistan, while a U.S. official yesterday accused Iran of supplying roadside bomb components to militants to get American soldiers “out of the region.”

Adm. William Fallon said Iran is providing development assistance in western Afghanistan, which he labeled helpful. But he said Iran’s Revolutionary Guard also is supplying roadside bomb parts for the type of sophisticated and deadly bombs found in Iraq known as “explosively formed penetrators” — accusations the U.S. has made repeatedly in Iraq as well.

“The Iranians are clearly supplying some amount of lethal aid,” Adm. Fallon told the Associated Press. “There is no doubt … that agents from Iran are involved in aiding the insurgency.”


Violence escalating in south

KATMANDU — Communal unrest in southern Nepal is worsening and authorities need to act quickly to prevent all-out violence in the ethnically tense region, police and rights activists said yesterday.

The unrest in the Indian border district of Kapilvastu erupted after the murder this week of local Muslim politician Mohid Khan, who headed an anti-Maoist vigilante group during Nepal’s civil war.

Police said the clashes in the impoverished Terai lowlands had left at least 22 persons dead, while Maoists accused the country’s embattled monarchy — which they are trying to oust — of stirring up the unrest.


Jets bomb Tiger base

COLOMBO — Sri Lankan war planes bombed a Tamil Tiger ammunition store in the north of the island yesterday, causing heavy damage, the defense ministry said, while claiming killing five rebels elsewhere.

The ammunition cache was used by Imran-Pandiyan, an elite regiment of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the military said.

The military said air force pilots reported explosions following the raid but made no claim of rebel casualties.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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