- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2001

Morocco prince blames U.S. for terrorism
RABAT, Morocco An outspoken Moroccan prince has said U.S. foreign policy was behind this month's attacks, the first such public criticism by a member of the royal family since the suicide strikes that killed thousands.
"In today's world, the most crucial, straightforward and effective step here is rethinking America's Middle East policy," Moulay Hicham Aloui, 37, a first cousin of King Mohammed VI and second in line to the 4-century-old Alawite throne, said in an analysis published Friday in the Moroccan daily al-Alam.
The prince, known as a free spirit and an intellectual, said assaults by radical Islamists across the world were mainly the result of the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Washington's continuing support of Israel.

Bin Laden's brother shuns request for help
PARIS Osama bin Laden's half brother was granted Swiss citizenship in May after initially being turned down for refusing to help U.S. intelligence agents, a French newspaper said yesterday.
The Liberation daily reported that American secret services had tried but failed to recruit Yislam bin Laden as an informer, and that he had problems obtaining a Swiss passport afterward.
Yislam bin Laden, a wealthy businessman who has lived in Geneva since 1973, spends part of the year at a luxury villa on the French Riviera, the newspaper said.

Assassination roils Colombian talks
BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia's peace talks plunged into crisis yesterday when the army found the wife of the country's attorney general shot to death a week after she was believed kidnapped by leftist guerrillas.
President Andres Pastrana, who is struggling to end the South American nation's 37-year-old war, called the killing of Consuelo Araujo "vile and cowardly" and accused rebels of "discrediting a political solution to the conflict."
After soldiers found the body of Mrs. Araujo with two bullet wounds in the head, Mr. Pastrana called off meetings with the rebels set for yesterday. He had been expected to announce the extension of the life of a rebel-controlled enclave, officials said.
Authorities said Mrs. Araujo, 56, who was the country's former culture minister, was seized by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia known by its Spanish acronym, FARC early last week near the city of Valledupar.

Gunfire rattles truce in Macedonia
SKOPJE, Macedonia Scattered gunfire early yesterday rattled through a volatile part of Macedonia held by ethnic Albanian rebels, police and witnesses said. The government has said it eventually intends to retake the area, where rebels seized control during a six-month insurgency.
About 50 rounds were fired into the air in what a police official said appeared to be a rebel warning to government authorities to back off from rebel strongholds in suburbs and villages near Tetovo, Macedonia's second largest city. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The gunfire came at a delicate time for the Balkan country, where majority Macedonians and minority ethnic Albanians are gradually implementing a Western-brokered peace plan signed last month.
Last week, NATO troops collected more than 3,300 weapons handed in by rebels as part of the peace deal, mostly in the area where the shots were fired yesterday.

Bomb attacks continue in Istanbul
ISTANBUL A bomb exploded outside a hotel in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, yesterday, but caused only slight damage, the Turkish news agency Anatolia said. The homemade device was thrown out of a passing car in front of the building, in the Fatih area of the city. Police are trying to trace the vehicle, the agency added. On Friday, a device exploded in a McDonald's restaurant in the city, slightly injuring one person.

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