Eleven Top Officials

Resign in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan -- Eleven top Jordanian officials, including the national security adviser, resigned Tuesday and the government imposed tough new rules aimed at foreigners in the wake of last week's deadly hotel bombings.

A fourth American died of wounds suffered in the attacks, according to the U.S. Embassy, raising the death toll to 58 plus the three bombers. The American was not further identified.

John D. Negroponte, the U.S. national intelligence director, met top officials in Amman to praise Jordan's response to the attacks, according to official media, while interrogators questioned the sole surviving member of the attack team.

Interior Minister Awni Yirfas announced new regulations aimed at keeping foreign militants from operating covertly in Jordan, including a demand that Jordanians notify authorities within 48 hours of any foreigners renting an apartment or house.

No details were given for the resignations of the 11 top officials, who included the national security adviser, Saad Kheir, and Faisal Fayez, the chief of the royal court and a former prime minister.


* MOSCOW -- The Russian Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling banning the radical National Bolshevik Party, whose young activists have riled the Kremlin with sit-ins at government buildings. Dozens of party members, often in their teens or twenties, are in prison or on trial for the peaceful occupations.

"The Supreme Court took this decision on its knees," the party's leader, writer Eduard Limonov, told the Russian news agency Interfax. "This is a humiliation for the Supreme Court in the eyes of history."

The Moscow City Court originally held that the National Bolsheviks were intent on "a forceful change of the foundations of the constitutional regime."

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* CAIRO -- Scattered violence and allegations of vote-buying and intimidation marred Egyptian parliamentary runoff elections, many between the Islamic-oriented opposition and the ruling National Democratic Party.

A woman was shot and injured outside a polling station in the old Cairo quarter, hospital sources said.

A monitoring organization said several people were shot and injured in old Cairo after fighting broke out between candidates. Partisans overturned tables and threw them down stairs during voting in a city center district.

The Muslim Brotherhood, fielding independents because authorities will not let it form a political party, has candidates in 42 of the 133 second-round contests, far more than any of the recognized secular opposition parties.

* JERUSALEM -- An Israeli military court acquitted an army captain charged with intentionally killing a teenage Palestinian girl in the Gaza Strip last year, saying she was already dead when he shot her.

The defendant, identified only as Capt. R, maintained that he did not identify the figure on the ground, 13-year-old Iman Hams, as a child. He said he had come under fire from Palestinian gunmen at least 300 yards away and shot at the ground to deter the fire.

The girl was shot as she approached a military observation post near the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza on Oct. 5, 2004. The soldiers said they thought she was planting a bomb. The girl's family said she was on her way to school.

Then, according to an army indictment, the officer approached the girl's body and fired two more shots -- an illegal practice called "verifying the kill." Palestinian doctors said that at least 15 bullets hit the girl.

* TEL AVIV -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's eldest son pleaded guilty to charges of illegal fund-raising for his father's 1999 election campaign, raising the specter of a prison term and putting his political future in jeopardy.

Omri Sharon, a member of parliament, appeared briefly in a Tel Aviv court to admit to falsifying corporate documents, perjury and violating party funding laws.

In Jerusalem, Labor Party legislators recommended unanimously that the party withdraw from Sharon's ruling coalition, pushing the government closer to collapse and early elections.


* KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. soldier was killed when a bomb exploded near a patrol in volatile eastern Afghanistan, while President Hamid Karzai said he expected terrorist attacks to continue in his country "for much more time to come."

The attack occurred a day after suicide bombers rammed cars filled with explosives into NATO peacekeepers in two attacks in the Afghan capital -- the first major assault on foreign troops in Kabul in more than a year. The death toll rose to nine as police found more bodies in a ditch and a wounded man died.

* BEIJING -- China said it would mark the birthday of the late deposed leader Hu Yaobang this month, signaling a possible rehabilitation for a popular figure linked to the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests of 1989.


* DAKAR, Senegal -- Police arrested former Chadian leader Hissene Habre, who was wanted on an international war crimes warrant. Habre, who is accused of murder, torture and other crimes during his eight-year reign, was arrested at his home in Senegal's seaside capital, where he had lived in exile with his family since his ouster in 1990.

-- From News Services