- The Washington Times - Monday, November 13, 2000

Prosecutor says Milosevic arrest near

ZURICH Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic will be arrested soon on war crimes charges, the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal's chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, was quoted as saying yesterday in the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick.
Commenting on news that Yugoslavia had allowed the Dutch-based Tribunal to set up an office in Belgrade, Mrs. del Ponte, Switzerland's former federal prosecutor, said, "With that, the days of Milosevic and other war criminals are numbered."

Fujimori, Escobar links to be investigated

LIMA, Peru Peru's Attorney General's Office is to open an investigation into reports that President Alberto Fujimori indirectly received election funds from Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar, according to the state prosecutor.
According to a news report Saturday, Escobar, head of Colombia's notorious Medellin drug cartel who was gunned down in 1994, gave $1 million to ousted spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos to put toward Mr. Fujimori's first electoral campaign.

Outsiders planned Cole bombing

ADEN, Yemen Last month's deadly USS Cole attack was masterminded by an Arab man who telephoned the bombers from the United Arab Emirates, a source close to the investigation told the Associated Press yesterday.
A suspect now in detention in Yemen said the attackers received their instructions and finances from the Arab man, a veteran of the 1980s Afghan war against the Soviets, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity. He did not give the man's nationality.

Montenegro drops Yugoslav currency

PODGORICA, Yugoslavia The Yugoslav dinar will be out of use in the tiny republic of Montenegro as of today, thus ending a dual currency system under which it had been used along with the German mark, monetary officials said yesterday.
Montenegro, Serbia's junior partner in the Yugoslav federation, introduced the dual currency system on Nov. 1, 1999.

IRA dissident suspects arrested

BELFAST Four suspected members of the dissident Real IRA group were arrested late Saturday in an operation in Teemore in County Fermanagh, near the Irish border, police said yesterday.
The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) said the suspects could be members of the dissident terrorist group, a breakaway faction of the Provisional Irish Republican Army that does not support the Northern Irish peace process and the Good Friday Agreement peace accords.

U.S. jets collide over Japanese waters

TOKYO Two U.S. military jets collided over waters off northern Japan early today, the Japanese coast guard said. One pilot was rescued but the other was missing.

The F-16s collided off Oshima Island, 410 miles north of Tokyo, said Toshifumi Nishikawa, spokesman for the coast guard based in Otaru, on nearby Hokkaido Island.

Villagers attack hundreds of police

LOS CHORROS, Mexico Villagers in the restive Chiapas state yesterday clashed with 200 police who were preparing to arrest reputed members of a paramilitary group sought in a massacre.

Witnesses said residents of Los Chorros attacked the police with rocks and sticks after they entered the small Chiapas village. The officers fled, and there were no arrests.

A news release from the federal Attorney General's Office said residents also shot at police as they fled.

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