- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2008

UNITED NATIONS

Resolution reaffirms Iran sanctions

NEW YORK | The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program and incentives to do so.

The speedy vote followed a compromise on Friday between the United States and Russia to lead a new council effort to condemn Iran’s nuclear program, without introducing any new sanctions.

The brief resolution reaffirms the three earlier Security Council sanctions resolutions, which imposed progressively tougher sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program while the U.N. atomic watchdog agency investigates suspicions that Tehran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

SOMALIA

U.S. warship monitors pirates

MOGADISHU | A U.S. destroyer off the coast of Somalia closed in Saturday on a hijacked Ukrainian ship loaded with tanks and ammunition, watching it to ensure the pirates who seized it do not try to remove any cargo or crew members.

As Russian and American ships pursued the hijackers of the Ukrainian vessel, pirates seized another ship off Somalia’s coast, an international anti-piracy group said. The Greek tanker with a crew of 19 is carrying refined petroleum from Europe to the Middle East. It was ambushed Friday in the Gulf of Aden.

In Somalia, a man claiming to be a spokesman of the pirates holding the Ukrainian ship said the hijackers want $35 million to release the vessel. But there was no way to immediately verify his claim that he represented the pirates.

MAURITANIA

Coup leader rejects AU ultimatum

NOUAKCHOTT | The coup leader who seized power in Mauritania last month rejected an ultimatum Saturday set by the African Union to reinstate President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdallahi by Oct. 6.

“The position of the African Union is neither constructive nor positive. It does not serve the greater interests of the Mauritanian people,” Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz told reporters in Nouakchott.

Earlier last week, the 53-member AU bloc gave Mauritania the Oct. 6 deadline to “restore constitutional order” to the West African country.

INDIA

Child killed, 18 hurt in market explosion

NEW DELHI | An explosion in a crowded flower market in India’s capital killed a 13-year-old boy and injured 18 other people Saturday, police and hospital officials said.

Seven of the wounded were in critical condition, officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

Officials said a package exploded after it was picked up by the teenage boy, who shouted at two motorbike riders that they had dropped their package.

BELGIUM

EU bans Chinese milk products

BRUSSELS | The European Union on Saturday banned all imports of Chinese milk-related products for children such as biscuits and chocolate as Beijing struggled to contain a mounting contamination scandal.

Although Chinese dairy products like milk and yogurt have long been banned from the 27-nation European Union, the bloc decided that consumers needed further protection from products containing milk from China.

The ban was to take immediate effect.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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