- The Washington Times - Friday, March 21, 2008


Prince to challenge prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR — A Malaysian prince says he is ready to challenge Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for the leadership of the ruling party after its dismal election showing, press reported yesterday.

Razaleigh Hamzah, 71, a government lawmaker and former finance minister, said he would seek the presidency of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) if he is nominated ahead of party elections in August.

Mr. Razaleigh’s open challenge adds pressure to Mr. Abdullah to keep his grip on UMNO, which is the linchpin of the 14-party National Front coalition.


U.S. to scour jungles for WWII remains

NEW DELHI — The United States will search for remains of several World War II aircraft and airmen lost over the forested mountains of India’s northeast, a U.S. commander said this week.

The U.S. military said it lost about 430 Americans in 90 planes in India while they were on missions to resupply China’s besieged army in the city of Kunming in a desperate attempt to fend off the invading Japanese during World War II.

Wreckage sites of six U.S. planes have been found in the jungles of India’s Arunachal Pradesh state, giving the U.S. Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command a starting point for its first recovery mission in India.

Weekly notes …

Two years ago, Yuichiro Miura lost his title of oldest man to climb Mount Everest to someone just three days older. The 75-year-old Japanese man now wants to regain the title, but his trek may be undone by political turmoil. Mr. Miura hopes to scale the world’s highest peak from the Chinese side — which lies in Tibet, where recent demonstrations sparked a government crackdown that forced foreigners from the region. He is famous for having skied Everest in 1970, a feat captured in an Oscar-winning documentary. In 2003, he became the oldest man to summit the 29,035-foot Himalayan peak, at age 70. … A search has begun for the happiest person in Singapore, where a survey found that 90 percent of its population feel that life is stressful. Philip Merry, chief executive of consulting firm Global Leadership Academy, has been tasked with locating the cheery resident.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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