- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2007


Mugabe considers coalition with Iran

HARARE — The leaders of Zimbabwe and Iran are looking to form a self-styled “coalition for peace” after receiving a joint tongue-lashing from President Bush, officials said yesterday.

The government in Harare confirmed that President Robert Mugabe and his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, discussed the formation of such a coalition on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, where Mr. Bush delivered a harsh assessment of their regimes on Tuesday.


Governance index ranks best, worst

LONDON — An index of good governance in sub-Saharan Africa released Tuesday showed Mauritius led the way, while Somalia was named and shamed as the worst.

The inaugural annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, published by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, ranks 48 countries against 58 measures including safety and security; rule of law, transparency and corruption; participation and human rights; sustainable economic opportunity; and human development.

Mauritius topped the index, followed by Seychelles, Botswana, Cape Verde and South Africa. The bottom five were Guinea-Bissau, Sudan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia.


Turkana Boy’s U.S. tour debated

NAIROBI — Plans to send Turkana Boy — a unique hominid skeleton — and other prehistoric jewels from Kenyan museums for exhibition in the United States have sparked heated debate in Kenya’s scientific community.

The trip will bring in a much-needed windfall to Kenya’s cash-strapped museums, but the fossils’ discoverers and researchers fear it could cause irreparable damage to the relics.

The fossils include the 1.5-million-year-old Turkana Boy, as well as 2.5-million-year-old stone tools, a monkey fossil dating back 17 million years and a one-of-its-kind fossil of a horned giraffe. The fossils will be transported to two other U.S. cities after opening in Chicago.


6 killed in clashes at oil discovery site

KINSHASA, Congo — Six Congolese nationals were killed and five injured in clashes on Lake Albert, a natural border between Congo and Uganda where oil was recently discovered, a U.N. official said Tuesday.

A Ugandan army spokesman said earlier that two Congolese soldiers and one Ugandan soldier had died in a clash in Ugandan waters on Monday, involving a barge belonging to Canada’s Heritage Oil Corp.

The U.N. mission in Congo said “two separate incidents” occurred Monday at Lake Albert.


U.N. authorizes EU force

NEW YORK — The U.N. Security Council authorized Tuesday an EU peacekeeping force and U.N. police to help protect civilians suffering from the spillover violence from neighboring Darfur.

The force would attempt to block fighters from Sudan from crossing into a corner of the Central African Republic, according to the 10-page French-drafted resolution approved by a 15-0 vote.

Defense ministers of the European Union meet tomorrow in Portugal to give final approval for the deployment of up to 4,000 troops by the end of the year beginning next month. The United Nations would field up to 300 police, 50 military liaison officers and civilian personnel.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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