Among other items: For Pakistan leader's husband is arrested in killing; thousands of Filipinos mourn candidate's death; Moroccan charged in Madrid bombings; oil-ministry workers in Nigeria go on strike...
Japan issued a tourist visa yesterday for former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui, prompting another round of angry protests from China.
Beijing, which sees self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province, reiterated its protests to Japan over its plan to let the 81-year-old Lee visit and urged Tokyo not to allow the trip.
“It is hard for us to understand why Japan is giving a favor to someone who slanders and attacks China,” Chinese ambassador to Japan Wang Yi said.
Lee, who stepped down as president of Taiwan in 2000 to become “spiritual leader of a pro-independence party,” tried to raise Taiwan’s diplomatic profile during his 12-year tenure.
Ex-leader’s husband is arrested in killing
Police yesterday arrested the husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in the killing of a former judge and his son in 1996, taking him back into custody just a month after he’d been freed on bail after eight years in jail for alleged corruption, an action his supporters claim is politically motivated, lawyers and officials said.
Asif Ali Zardari was detained at an airport near the capital Islamabad after arriving on a flight from Karachi to address a major opposition rally, said an aide. About 1,000 opposition supporters clashed with police before Zardari arrived.
Zardari’s renewed detention shattered any hopes that his release last month signaled a reconciliation between Bhutto’s party and the government of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1999.
Bhutto, twice elected prime minister but dismissed for allegations of corruption and misrule in the 1990s, lives in exile to avoid arrest in corruption cases.
Thousands mourn candidate’s death
Tens of thousands of Filipinos filled Manila’s streets today for the funeral of Fernando Poe Jr., the actor-turned-presidential-candidate who came to symbolize the aspirations of this country’s poor.
Poe, 65, died of a stroke last week without conceding May’s presidential election. His supporters still contend they were cheated by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Arroyo’s camp denied any wrongdoing.
Moroccan charged in Madrid bombings
A judge yesterday charged a Moroccan with terrorism and mass killings for allegedly helping plan the March 11 Madrid train bombings, court officials said.
Hasan al Haski, 41, was charged with 191 counts of murder, 1,000 counts of attempted murder and belonging to a terrorist organization, a court official said on condition of anonymity.
Oil-ministry workers in Nigeria go on strike
About 800 white-collar workers in the government oil-industry ministry went on strike yesterday, according to their union, but the largest petroleum company said its exports were unaffected.
Africa’s leading oil producer, Nigeria is the world’s seventh-largest exporter and the fifth-leading source of U.S. oil imports.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair flew into Israel yesterday for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on reviving the Middle East peace process after the death of Yasser Arafat.
India successfully tested yesterday a new surface-to-surface version of its supersonic cruise missile being developed jointly by New Delhi and Moscow, a defense-ministry statement said.
President Bush will visit Germany on Feb. 23, officials announced yesterday.