- The Washington Times - Friday, July 3, 2009


Japanese elected to IAEA top post

VIENNA, Austria | Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano was elected director-general the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog Thursday.

Looming challenges in the politically sensitive post include Iran’s nuclear program, blocked investigations into purported military nuclear activities in Iran and Syria, and North Korean nuclear tests.

Mr. Amano won the required two-thirds majority of International Atomic Energy Agency governing board members expressing a preference, with 23 votes and one abstention in the 35-nation meeting, defeating his South African rival, Abdul Samad Minty.


Swine flu may hit 100,000 a day

LONDON | Britain’s health secretary warned Thursday that the country could soon face more than 100,000 daily cases of swine flu, while fears linked to the virus soared in Argentina after the death toll nearly doubled.

The warning from British Health Secretary Andy Burnham came as a second case of resistance to the key Tamiflu drug in a swine flu patient emerged in less than a week, with the latest in Japan.

The A(H1N1) virus has also now spread to all 27 countries in the European Union, with Malta reporting its first two cases.

Mr. Burnham said 100,000 cases a day could occur in Britain by the end of August if the current rate of infection is maintained. Britain already has Europe’s highest number of reported cases.

Britain now has nearly 7,500 cases of swine flu, Mr. Burnham said, with hundreds of new cases being confirmed every day.


Tough new law targets illegals

ROME | Italy adopted a tough law against illegal immigration Thursday, including a measure allowing citizens to mount their own patrols, despite fierce criticism from rights groups and the Vatican.

The European Commission announced that it would examine the new measures to determine whether they comply with European Union norms.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had made tougher immigration rules a cornerstone of the election campaign that saw him returned to power in May 2008.

Under the new law, illegal immigration becomes a criminal offense; anyone caught housing an illegal immigrant could face jail; and parents registering a baby’s birth have to present papers to show they are legal residents.

Perhaps the most controversial measure permits “citizens groups” to mount patrols on the lookout for public order offenses.


Rare independence declaration found

LONDON | A rare copy of the American Declaration of Independence has been found hidden in a file at the British National Archives.

The Archives say the print, known as the Dunlap print after the printer who commissioned it, is the 26th copy of the document to be found. The last Dunlap print found was sold at an auction for $8.14 million in 2000.

Archives spokeswoman Katrina McClintock said Thursday that the file was found by a researcher looking through late 18th century files for something unrelated. Ms. McClintock said it was discovered months ago but not revealed to the public until it could be extracted and catalogued.


Intelligence chief quits under fire

MADRID | Spain’s intelligence chief resigned Thursday amid allegations that he used government money to go on hunting and fishing trips and had staffers remodel his house.

A replacement for the National Intelligence Center Director Alberto Saiz will be proposed Friday, said the Defense Ministry, which oversees the center.

The center released a statement saying that Mr. Saiz denies any improper use of government funds, as agency employees have asserted in stories published by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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