Ship with Gaza aid reaches Egyptian port
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) A Libyan aid ship blocked by Israeli missile ships from steaming to Gaza reached an Egyptian port Wednesday, bringing an end to the latest challenge to Israels naval embargo of the Palestinian territory.
The director of the Egyptian port of el-Arish, Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, said the Libyan boat radioed Wednesday evening asking permission to dock there. He said the ship, the Moldovan-flagged Amalthea, was 15 miles off the Egyptian coast.
The ship reached the waiting area Wednesday evening, but had not yet docked because the captain is seeking clearance from the shipments organizers, Abdel Maqsoud said.
It appeared likely the cargo would be unloaded today.
Egypts foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, told reporters that Cairo has agreed to let the Amalthea through and that as soon as the boat docks, its cargo will be unloaded and handed over to the Red Crescent to deliver to Gaza.
U.S. military hands over last of prisons to Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) The U.S. military has handed over Tariq Aziz and dozens of other members of Saddam Husseins inner circle to Iraqi authorities who will assume control today of the last American-run detention facility in the country.
Although the Americans will continue to hold 200 problematic detainees, the changing of the guard at Camp Cropper will signify the end of a mammoth U.S. prison system that has processed more than 100,000 Iraqis in the seven years since the fall of Baghdad.
It also will close a chapter on one of the most bitter legacies of the war, the shocking images in 2004 of prisoners being abused by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib.
For Iraq, the transfer of detainees marks a milestone on the road to full sovereignty. But it also puts to the test a democratically elected government that many believe has learned few positive lessons from the abuses of Husseins regime.
Despite Abu Ghraib or perhaps because of reforms in its wake prisoners have more recently said they receive far better treatment in American custody than in Iraqi jails.