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The first steam locomotive built in Britain in nearly 50 years is almost ready for testing on the tracks. The "Tornado" locomotive was begun 18 years ago.

Familiar Faces: Staff writer Scott Peterson has written several stories about Iran's largest opposition group in exile, the Mujahideen-e Khalq (the MKO or MEK). But this time when he checked up on those who had been trickling back to Iran from Iraq , he found a surprise at the offices of the Nejat or Rescue group that helps former MKO members reintegrate into civilian life in Iran.

Nejat is run by former MKO militants. Among them, Scott recognized Arash Sametipour, an English-speaker who had conducted a failed assassination attempt and then blown off his right hand while trying to kill himself to avoid capture.

"The last time I saw him, he was wearing a prison uniform in a Tehran jail," says Scott, who had interviewed Mr. Sametipour along with several other MKO prisoners. "Today he is the main liaison between Nejat and the Red Cross. He is now trying to find a home for those 100 or so MKO members who recently left Camp Ashraf in Iraq."

David Clark Scott

World editor

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Canberra, Australia – Australian government to apologize formally to the country's Aborigines for past assimilation practices.ViennaUN Office on Drugs and Crime holds conference on human trafficking.

Friday, Feb. 15: BeninPresident Bush and first lady Laura Bush travel to Benin on the first stop of a six-day trip to Africa. They will also visit Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia.

Sunday, Feb. 17: Cyprus – First round of presidential election.

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