WORLD IN BRIEF
WORLD IN BRIEF
Conservative Anglicans Plan Separate Meeting
Anglican conservatives angered by the liberal drift of the U.S. Episcopal Church are planning their own world meeting on the future of the global Anglican Communion.
The meeting is set for July 15-22, shortly before the Lambeth Conference, a once-a-decade gathering of world Anglican leaders that has become a focus of tension within the fellowship of churches.
Theological conservatives and liberals have threatened to boycott the Lambeth Conference because of who was and wasn't invited. Organizers of the conservative meeting insist their gathering is not an alternative to Lambeth.
The Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in the United States, caused an uproar in 2003 by consecrating the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. Anglicans are now on the brink of schism.
Nuclear Shutdown Could Be Slowed
North Korea indicated Wednesday that it would slow the disablement of its nuclear facilities because of what it said was a delay in receiving economic aid under an international deal.
The United States, South Korea, Japan, China and Russia have pledged economic compensation to the North in return for its disabling of its nuclear facilities by the end of 2007.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said that he was not aware of a slowdown in aid and that "we expect further heavy fuel oil shipments and other energy assistance to move forward in the near future."
Russia Plans to Supply Air Defense System
Russia is preparing to equip Iran with a powerful new air defense system that would dramatically increase its ability to repel an attack, Iran's defense minister said Wednesday.
The S-300 antiaircraft missile defense system is capable of shooting down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads at ranges of over 90 miles and at altitudes of about 90,000 feet.