- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2009

IRAQ

Anbar attacked a second day

FALLUJAH | A car bomb outside a Sunni mosque in a town near the western Iraqi city of Fallujah in Anbar province killed seven people and wounded 29 on Tuesday around the time of evening prayers, doctors said.

The attack occurred in Amiriyeh, nine miles southwest of Fallujah, said Dr. Abdelsatar, who goes by just one name and is the manager of the town’s hospital.

Dr. Ayman Taif, the hospital’s technical manager, confirmed the injury figure.

On Monday, a suicide bombing at a funeral in Haditha, one of several towns along the Euphrates Valley and also in Anbar province, killed five people.

RUSSIA

Slain reporter’s kids lose hope

MOSCOW | Three years after their mother was fatally shot in her Moscow apartment building, Anna Politkovskaya’s son and daughter said Tuesday they are losing hope that the killers will ever be brought to justice.

Prosecutors are investigating three men accused of helping to set up the journalist’s shooting on Oct. 7, 2006, but they have said little about who might have ordered the contract-style killing, while the suspected gunman is thought to be hiding abroad.

Mrs. Politkovskaya’s editor at Novaya Gazeta said Tuesday that the investigators have new suspects ?in their field of vision.? Sergei Sokolov, who has worked closely with investigators on the case, refused to identify the new suspects or say how they might have been involved.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Politkovskaya harshly criticized the Kremlin and exposed widespread rights abuses and corruption in Chechnya, which won her world renown but many enemies at home.

ZIMBABWE

Mugabe wants friendship with West

HARARE | Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called Tuesday for a new start to relations with those Western countries he has spent years insulting for their criticism of his leadership.

?Our country remains in a positive stance to enter into fresh, friendly and cooperative relations with all those countries that have been hostile to us in the past,? he said.

Mr. Mugabe spoke to legislators at the first sitting of parliament since a unity government was formed with the former opposition in February.

The 85-year-old leader, who has ruled Zimbabwe for nearly three decades, agreed to share power with longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai after disputed elections last year.

YEMEN

Activists want South to secede

SAN’A | Thousands of activists have taken to the streets across Yemen’s south calling for independence, even as much of the central government’s army is tied up fighting a Shi’ite rebellion in the far north.

The demonstrations are the latest in a steady series of protests there underlining the lingering tensions between the north and south more than a decade after a 1994 southern attempt to secede was quashed.

The south, which was a separate country until it unified with the north in 1990, complains that it is discriminated against by the northerner-dominated government.

The latest unrest comes during fighting in the north between government forces and Shi’ites who are rebelling over neglect and discrimination. The many conflicts have raised concern over the strategically located country’s stability.

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