- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Adoption pact with U.S. to end

HANOI — Vietnam is ending a child-adoption agreement with the United States after being accused of allowing baby-selling and corruption, officials said yesterday.

The agreement was being considered for renewal, but the two sides remained far apart over revisions, said Vu Duc Long, director of Vietnam’s International Adoption Agency. The agreement is due to expire on Sept. 1.

Americans including actress Angelina Jolie adopted more than 1,200 Vietnamese children during the 18 months ending March 31.


Family of 5 killed in disputed blast

GAZA CITY — An explosion shattered a tiny Gaza Strip house as Israeli troops battled militants yesterday, killing a Palestinian woman and four of her children in new bloodshed that threatened efforts to arrange a truce between the warring sides.

Palestinians said the house was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Israel said explosives being carried by militants blew up and brought down the two-room structure.

Israel’s military said its troops launched an operation in the town after gunmen armed with explosives approached a border patrol.


Russia claims progress in talks

TEHRAN — Iran and Russia yesterday discussed the outlines of “serious proposals” aimed at assuring the international community that Tehran’s nuclear program is peaceful, state media reported.

Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili did not provide details of the proposals but said Tehran will soon unveil them publicly.

Later yesterday, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, called the package “a comprehensive plan” addressed to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.


Boycott grows at U.S. tribunal

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE — Osama bin Laden’s former driver has joined other Guantanamo detainees in refusing to participate in his war-crimes trial, declaring yesterday he felt no hope for justice after more than six years in confinement.

The case against Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni, is scheduled to be the first to reach trial at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba next month. But his decision to boycott could prolong a process already delayed by legal challenges.

The U.S. says Hamdan delivered weapons to al Qaeda and its associates and trained at terrorist camps. He could get life in prison if convicted on charges of conspiracy and supporting terrorism.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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