IAEA Likely to Rebuke

Iran on Nuclear Probe

VIENNA -- Delegates from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) moved toward issuing a sharp rebuke of Iran on Monday for delaying a probe into its nuclear activities. Delegates said they would probably issue a reprimand rather than impose sanctions.

The agency is chiefly concerned with contradictory, missing or withheld information on the scope of Iran's uranium enrichment program and on the source of enriched uranium found in the country.

"These are two issues where we need accelerated and proactive cooperation," Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA chief, told reporters. "The way they have been engaging us on these issues has been less than satisfactory."

THE MIDDLE EAST

* JERUSALEM -- An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a car in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank on Monday, killing two Palestinian fighters, including a local leader of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, as Israel started building the most controversial section of its separation barrier. The Israeli military said the leader, Khalil Marshoud, was behind a number of attacks against Israelis. Another fighter was killed and a third person was seriously wounded, witnesses said.

* RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Six Saudi clerics who once espoused Islamic radicalism condemned a wave of attacks on Westerners, as part of the kingdom's efforts to rally citizens against al Qaeda after its stepped-up campaign to oust the ruling family. At least two of the six clerics who signed the condemnation, Safar bin Abdul Rahman Hawali and Salman Awdah, were once close to al Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden.

* ISTANBUL -- Suspected Kurdish rebels killed three security guards Monday in an attack in southern Turkey, and a rebel commander rejected an appeal to reinstate a five-year unilateral cease-fire that ended this month. Murat Karayilan, a top Kurdish rebel commander, rejected the appeal in a statement to the German-based Mesopotamia news agency. Turkey's largest pro-Kurdish party, the Democratic People's Party, had appealed Saturday for the five-year truce to be restored.

THE AMERICAS

* MAPOU, Haiti -- Doctors are fighting to prevent multiple epidemics three weeks after floods killed thousands. In the town of Mapou, which remains under water, a small team of doctors from Cuba and Paris-based Doctors Without Borders are fighting outbreaks of malaria and dengue. Doctors have also reported a high incidence of diarrhea, respiratory failure and scabies.

The floods, triggered by days of torrential rains, swamped entire villages in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, which share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

AFRICA

* UNITED NATIONS -- Sudan is blocking aid groups from giving food and medicine to hundreds of thousands of people in its western Darfur region, said a senior U.N. official. Jan Egeland, the emergency relief coordinator, said most U.N. relief groups had access to the region, but said nongovernmental aid groups, such as Doctors Without Borders, are experiencing undue delays in getting visas and bringing in equipment, medicine and food.

"Some ministers are helping us, but some of their subordinates are sabotaging us," Egeland told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council on civilians in war zones.

ASIA

* SEOUL -- Warships from North and South Korea exchanged radio messages for the first time since the end of the Korean War, following a landmark agreement aimed at easing hostilities. This month, the two countries agreed to adopt a standard radio frequency and signaling system for their navies to avoid confusion that could lead to clashes at sea.

They also agreed to end propaganda along their border by ending loudspeaker broadcasts and dismantling signs, beginning this week.

EUROPE

* MADRID -- Police arrested two more Spaniards in the northern mining region of Asturias, accusing them of helping to supply dynamite used in the March 11 bombings of four commuter trains in Madrid. An Interior Ministry spokesman said one of the suspects was a minor but did not give his age or his relationship to the other detainees.

-- From News Services