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Iran protests U.S. overflights

Tue., Nov. 8, 2005

United Nations Iran sent letters protesting illegal overflights by two unmanned American aircraft that crashed in Iran in recent months, documents circulated at the United Nations on Monday showed.

Iran’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi, asked the U.N. Security Council to circulate two letters protesting “the violation of the territory and airspace of Iran by two American unmanned aircrafts.”

The letters, which were circulated Monday, warned that “the government of the United States of America will be responsible for the consequences of any recurrence of its unlawful acts.”

Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Venable said the Pentagon had not yet seen Iran’s complaint and declined to comment.

Peru’s former president arrested in Chile

Santiago, Chile Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was arrested Monday, hours after he defied an international arrest warrant and flew from Japan to Chile, police said.

Shortly after Fujimori’s presence in Chile was confirmed Sunday, the Peruvian government asked Santiago to arrest him while a request for his extradition was filed. Police arrested the 67-year-old at his hotel early Monday.

Fujimori, who fled Peru in 2000 amid a growing scandal affecting his decade-long regime, faces 21 charges in Peru stemming from alleged corruption and his alleged support of a paramilitary death squad.

India’s foreign minister ousted over scandal

New Delhi The Indian government stripped its foreign minister of his responsibilities Monday over accusations he profited from corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq, making him the first political casualty of a report accusing thousands of colluding with Saddam Hussein’s regime to bilk the humanitarian effort.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday summoned Natwar Singh for an hour-long meeting at his residence and demoted him to minister without portfolio, the government said in a statement.

The accusation that the ousted foreign minister was among more than 2,200 prominent companies and politicians worldwide to illegally benefit from the program has roiled India for days and led to widespread calls that he step down.

Singh has said he received no favors or bribes from Saddam’s government or benefited from the humanitarian program.

EU agrees to monitor Gaza border crossing

Rafah Crossing, Gaza Strip The European Union agreed Monday to monitor a Gaza-Egypt border crossing that serves as the main gate to the world for Palestinians in the coastal strip.

The deployment of foreign inspectors at the Rafah terminal is a key element of an emerging Israeli-Palestinian deal on new border arrangements following Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip in September. EU foreign ministers agreed at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, to “assume the third party responsibility” for monitoring the border crossing.

Javier Solana, the EU’s security affairs chief, did not give details of the conditions under which the EU monitors would supervise border traffic, saying Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were discussing the matter Monday.


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