Thursday, February 5, 2009


Most-wanted Nazi died in Cairo in 1992

CAIRO | Documents have surfaced in Egypt showing that the world’s most-wanted Nazi war criminal, concentration camp doctor Aribert Heim, died in Cairo in 1992, Germany’s ZDF television and the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The report said Heim was living under a pseudonym and had converted to Islam by the time of his death from intestinal cancer.

ZDF said that in a joint effort with the New York Times, it located a passport, an application for a residence permit, bank slips, personal letters and medical papers - in all more than 100 documents - left behind by Heim in a briefcase in the hotel room where he lived under the name Tarek Hussein Farid.

ZDF quoted Heim’s son Ruediger Heim as saying he visited his father regularly in Cairo.


11 freed from Gitmo on wanted list

CAIRO | Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that 11 men released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay are now on the kingdom’s most-wanted list despite having attended its touted extremist rehabilitation program.

President Obama has signed an executive order to close the detention center at the naval base in Cuba, leaving countries scrambling to determine what to do with released detainees.

The 11 were on a list of 83 Saudis and two Yemenis wanted for their connections to al Qaeda issued Monday by the Saudi government. Among the 11 were two Saudis who have emerged as the new leaders of Yemen’s branch of al Qaeda.


Sunni leader claims vote fraud

BAGHDAD | A senior Sunni tribal leader claimed Wednesday to have hundreds of documents proving fraud in weekend elections in Anbar province, escalating a crisis that has threatened to reignite violence in the former insurgent stronghold.

Iraq’s electoral commission promised that it was taking the complaints seriously and warned that the findings from an investigation could affect election results for the province.

A prominent national Sunni lawmaker, Saleh al-Mutlaq, traveled to Anbar province to try to mediate the dispute, which has pitted the tribal leaders against a rival Sunni party that is part of the national government. Official early returns were due to be released Thursday.


U.N. says Hamas seizing vital aid

JERUSALEM | Hamas police seized thousands of blankets and food packages meant for the needy in Gaza, the United Nations said Wednesday. The move could threaten the provision of aid essential for a majority of Gaza’s impoverished residents.

Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, said armed Hamas policemen broke into an aid warehouse in Gaza City on Tuesday evening and confiscated 3,500 blankets and more than 400 packages of food.


Militants burn trucks on border

PESHAWAR | Assailants torched 10 trucks stranded in Pakistan by the bombing of a key bridge on the main supply route for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday.

Increasing attacks on transport depots and truck convoys heading to bases across the border have raised doubts about Pakistan’s ability to protect the vital road as the U.S. prepares to send as many as 30,000 more American forces into Afghanistan this year.


Suspect arrested in American’s death

LONDON | British police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a 27-year-old American jogger who was stabbed to death in a London park six years ago.

Artist Margaret Muller was attacked as she ran in the city’s Victoria Park on Feb. 3, 2003. Police said Wednesday that a 36-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder and was in custody north of London.


U.N. to set up Bhutto probe

ISLAMABAD | The United Nations will soon establish an independent investigation into the killing of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the organization’s chief said Wednesday.

Ms. Bhutto’s widower, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, said a three-member commission would probe the Dec. 27, 2007, attack by a gunman who then detonated a suicide bomb.

“We believe the commission’s findings will eventually expose the financiers, the organizers, the sponsors and the conspirators of this terrorist act and bring them to justice,” Mr. Zardari said after meeting visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Ban said he would “very shortly” establish an commission of inquiry that would be headed by a “very distinguished person.”


Accident victim dies after wait for hospital

TOKYO | A 69-year-old Japanese man injured in a traffic accident died after paramedics spent more than an hour negotiating with 14 hospitals before one admitted him, a fire department official said Wednesday.

The man, whose bicycle collided with a motorcycle in the western city of Itami, waited at the scene in an ambulance because the hospitals said they could not accept him, citing a lack of specialists, equipment, beds and staff.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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