World Digest


September 04, 2006

Iran ignores Annan's warning not to question the Holocaust

TEHRAN, Iran -- The U.N. chief got little satisfaction yesterday at the close of his trip to Tehran, snubbed by Iran's leader over international demands to stop enriching uranium and ignored in warnings not to incite hatred by questioning the Holocaust.

In a provocative move on the final day of Kofi Annan's two-day visit, Iran announced that it would host a conference to examine what it called exaggerations about the Holocaust. The move was sure to draw new international condemnation of Iran's stance on Jews.

Associated Press

British police search Islamic school in raid

LONDON -- Detectives searched an Islamic school among other sites across London yesterday after raids to round up suspects accused of running terrorist training camps in Britain, police said. A three-mile exclusion zone was set up around the Jameah Islameah School as officers examined the former convent near Crowborough, 40 miles south of London. Forensic specialists were sweeping buildings and woodlands and planned to search a lake on the grounds, police said. Charles Hendry, a lawmaker representing the area where the school is located, said the jailed radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri had visited the school with a group of followers. Al-Masri is serving a seven-year prison sentence for inciting his followers to kill non-Muslims.

Somalia talks continue in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan --Negotiators for Somalia's weak, U.N.-backed interim government held peace talks yesterday with delegates from an increasingly powerful Islamic militia that controls most of the country's south, including the capital. The talks, which began Saturday, revolve around a June agreement to discuss political, security, social and economic issues as well as reconstruction, according to a copy of the agenda.

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