- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 6, 2007


8 U.S. soldiers die; blast kills 13

BAGHDAD — The U.S. command yesterday announced the deaths of eight U.S. soldiers and that a car bomb killed at least 13 persons in a Shi’ite part of Baghdad.

Three of the U.S. soldiers were killed and two were wounded after their Humvee was hit Tuesday with an explosively formed penetrator, a type of bomb the U.S. says Iran has been supplying to Shi’ite militias. Iran denies the accusation.

Two other U.S. soldiers were killed and another wounded yesterday in an eastern section of Baghdad during combat operations, the military said. Two more Americans were mortally wounded yesterday in a blast in Salahuddin province north of the capital.

Another soldier was killed and two were wounded during fighting Tuesday in western Baghdad.

The roadside bomb exploded along a busy highway during the morning rush hour in the eastern Baghdad district of Baladiyat.


New leader pledges action on jobs

KINGSTON — A veteran lawmaker who wants to provide free education and health care readied himself yesterday to take over leadership of this Caribbean nation, returning his party to power after 18 years in opposition.

Bruce Golding, head of the Jamaica Labor Party, said he will also seek to heal political divisions underscored by a fiercely contested election Monday that spelled the ouster of the country’s first female prime minister, Portia Simpson-Miller.

A final vote count is expected by tomorrow, but preliminary results give Mr. Golding’s party a 32-28 lead in seats in the House of Representatives.


Spy ring broken, government says

SEOUL — North Korea said yesterday it had broken up a foreign-run spy ring trying to collect details on key military and strategic sites in the isolated communist state.

State television said security officials had arrested the purported spymaster, from an unidentified foreign intelligence service, along with “some unsound” North Koreans who had been lured into spying on their country while traveling abroad “by the method of money and girls, threat and blackmail.”

The plot was revealed at a press conference in Pyongyang yesterday by an officer of the Ministry of State Security, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.


Writer sentenced in real-life killing

WARSAW — A Polish crime writer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after authorities found he had committed a murder that had been described in one of his thrillers, officials said yesterday.

In his 2003 book “Amok,” Krystian Bala described in detail the brutal killing of a Polish businessman. Police found that the fictional crime had similarities with a case in 2000 when a body was fished out of the river Oder in the town of Wroclaw, near the German border.

Prosecutors said Mr. Bala had humiliated, tortured, starved and later killed his victim, who had a love affair with the writer’s wife.


2 British soldiers, rebels killed

KABUL — Taliban attacks killed two British soldiers and two Afghan police officers yesterday in restive southern Afghanistan, while nearly 30 militants were killed elsewhere, authorities said.

The British soldiers were killed in an explosion as they patrolled in southern Helmand province, Britain’s Defense Ministry said. A third British soldier and an Afghan interpreter were wounded.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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