A June 25 brief incorrectly referred to Asmara as a city in Sudan. Asmara is the capital of Eritrea. (Published 6/27/2005)

U.N. Plans to Press France

On Rwandan Genocide Case

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations will ask France to take legal action against a former U.N. employee accused in the killings of 33 Rwandans in the 1994 genocide, after an internal review found the world body bungled his case and failed to protect its Rwandan staff.

Callixte Mbarushimana, who has lived under refugee protection in Paris since 2003, vehemently denies the charges and says he would welcome his day in court. Rwanda has a warrant for his arrest on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

For the last year, U.N. officials have quietly pressed Rwandan authorities and the U.N. war crimes tribunal for Rwanda to seek his extradition, without success, and are now turning to France.


* JERUSALEM -- Palestinian gunmen fired on a car near the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, killing a 17-year-old Israeli settler and wounding three other Israelis, including a 14-year-old boy. An armed group affiliated with the Fatah movement, the largest Palestinian political bloc, asserted responsibility for the attack.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. outside the gate of Beit Haggai, an Israeli settlement. Israeli military officials and witnesses said the gunmen fired at a spot used by hitchhikers, many of them teenagers. Israeli forces sealed off the area, and witnesses said gunfire could be heard as Israeli troops hunted for the gunmen. In a statement issued soon after the attack, a settler's group from the Hebron area blamed the attack on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to evacuate Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and four northern West Bank settlements.

-- Scott Wilson


* ASMARA, Sudan -- Sudanese warplanes bombed targets in the east of the country for a second day, wounding several civilians in a region hit by recent fighting between the army and insurgents, rebel groups said.


* SRINAGAR, India -- Islamic militants triggered a car bomb by remote control as an army convoy drove past a popular park in India's portion of Kashmir, killing nine soldiers and wounding 22 other people, an army official said.

* ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Police have bought thousands of guns and want extra flak jackets, helmets and grenades to prevent the sort of "public disorder" seen in other ex-Soviet states from Ukraine to Uzbekistan, ministers said.

* BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- The United Nations and aid agencies suspended road travel in parts of tsunami-ravaged Aceh province after gunmen opened fire on a Red Cross vehicle, seriously wounding a Chinese aid worker.

* COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka signed a long-awaited pact to share $3 billion in tsunami aid with the Tamil Tiger rebels, a senior government official said, a move that could revive a stalled peace process.

* GENEVA -- Vietnamese authorities arrested a group of monks as Prime Minister Phan Van Khai discussed steps toward religious freedom with President Bush in Washington, a human rights group said Friday.

About 10 monks were detained Tuesday by plainclothes security agents who prevented them from visiting Thich Huyen Quang, patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, according to the Geneva-based World Organization Against Torture.


* BELFAST -- The Irish Republican Army apologized for shooting to death a Catholic girl in 1973 during a botched ambush on a British army patrol.

-- From News Services