BAGHDAD: Saddam Hussein watched the election of Iraq's new president on video and was shaken by what he saw, the country's Human Rights Minister Bakhtiar Amin said yesterday. "He was clearly upset. He realised that it was over, that a democratic process had taken place and that there was a new, elected president," Amin said. "It was not just the fact that there was a new president, but that the president was a Kurd. And the previous interim president became a vice-president. What's more, it all happened without bloodshed," he said. US hails election - Page 2
RIYADH: Abdul Rahman Al Yazji, one of the suspected Al Qaeda militants on Saudi Arabia's most wanted list, was killed in a clash with security forces in Riyadh yesterday. The interior ministry said, quoted by state television, said Yazji was shot dead during a raid by security forces on a house in which he was holed up with a comrade in an industrial area in the south of the capital. Another 14 militants, including a number on Riyadh's most-wanted list, were killed during a three-day gunbattle in the north of the kingdom that ended on Tuesday.
Three Palestinians shot
JERUSALEM: Private Israeli security guards at a construction site for Israel's West Bank barrier shot and wounded three Palestinians during scuffles yesterday. Israel's Defence Ministry said the guards "did not react according to procedure" and the shooting southwest of the West Bank city of Nablus was under investigation. Meanwhile, Israel's "disengagement plan" for Gaza will be the focus of talks on Monday between US President George W Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
US 'faces nuclear attack risk'
WASHINGTON: Nuclear waste at the 103 US reactors is at risk from a terrorist attack that could trigger an inferno and release huge quantities of radioactive material, the National Academy of Sciences said last night.