- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2001

Ex-communists form coalition in Poland
WARSAW Poland's ex-communists and socialists, who won legislative elections last month, decided yesterday to form a coalition government with an agrarian party.
The agrarian Polish Peasants Party was expected to agree to join the coalition.
The post-communist party, known by the acronym SLD, and its Socialist UP partner took 41 percent of the popular vote in the Sept. 23 general election, but fell 15 seats short of a majority in the lower chamber of parliament.

Germany widens probe to Syrian-born citizen
HAMBURG, Germany German prosecutors plan to focus their search for suspected terrorist networks on a Syrian-born German who they suspect was involved in last month's attacks on the United States, a German magazine said yesterday.
The inquiry will focus on Mamoun Darkazanli, whose import-export company bearing his name was the last of the 27 groups and individuals on a list drawn up by President Bush calling for an asset freeze, Der Spiegel reported in its edition to appear today.

Greek diplomats call off strike
ATHENS Greek diplomats called off a 2-week-old strike yesterday because of the tense international situation, a union source told the Agence France-Presse news service.
The decision was made after Foreign Minister Georges Papandreou told the diplomats during a meeting that the government could not tackle their grievances because of the crisis in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

N. Ireland party chooses new leader
BELFAST Northern Ireland's most moderate and troubled political party, Alliance, elected a new leader yesterday who pledged to win back support from both Protestants and Catholics.
"If I'd thought this ship was sinking, I wouldn't have sought to become captain of it," said David Ford, who defeated the other candidate, Eileen Bell, on a 86-45 vote of Alliance Party activists.
Mr. Ford said he was certain that Alliance which once had significant support across Northern Ireland's sectarian divide, but has lost much of its backing could become influential again.

Weekly notes
Montenegro's president, Milo Djukanovic, pledged yesterday to lead his republic to independence, despite a lack of international support for the republic's separation from Yugoslavia. "Without a state of its own, Montenegro would be condemned to national and state extinction," Mr. Djukanovic told a party convention in the capital of Podgorica. Emilie Schindler, who helped her industrialist husband save hundreds of Jews from Nazi death camps in a story chronicled by the movie "Schindler's List," died Friday night at a hospital near Berlin.

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