- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Chechen chief hits policy 'complacency'
MOSCOW Chechen rebel President Aslan Maskhadov yesterday accused the Council of Europe of "complacency" and turning a blind eye to Moscow's "criminal" policies in the breakaway republic.
Mr. Maskhadov lashed out at the council three days after recalling his representatives from the Strasbourg, France-based body, Europe's human rights watchdog group.
The Chechen leader accused the body of hindering progress on reaching a political solution in the republic, saying it instead had provoked a "deterioration of the conditions that would make such a solution possible."

State Department kills Afghan story
The Voice of America decided against running a story on this month's terrorist attacks featuring an interview with the leader of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia after State Department complaints, administration officials said yesterday.
"It was felt that it was not appropriate," a senior State Department official said of the VOA report on reaction in Afghanistan to President Bush's speech on Thursday to Congress, which outlined the U.S. response to the attacks in New York and the Pentagon.
The VOA piece included portions of an interview with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and was to have aired Friday. It was removed from the broadcaster's playlist after Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage intervened, officials said.

Mugabe's party holds key seat
HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's ruling party won a by-election for the parliamentary seat left vacant by the death of the man who spearheaded the invasion of white-owned farms by black war veterans, state television said yesterday.
Liberation war veterans' leader Chenjerai Hunzvi, who held the Chikomba seat until his death in June, had been at the forefront of the invasion of white-owned farms by pro-government militants, which began in February last year.

Violence rocks Northern Ireland
BELFAST Gunmen opened fire on police and Protestant homes from a Catholic neighborhood yesterday, and residents said their homes were attacked with homemade grenades as sectarian passions flared in north Belfast.
There were no reports of injuries in the exchange the latest in months of violence that the police commander responsible for suppressing Catholic-Protestant clashes in the most polarized pockets of north Belfast said was the worst he had seen in 20 years.
Police said eight assault-rifle rounds were fired from Hallidays Road, a Catholic neighborhood beside Duncairn Gardens, where militant Protestants live. Police said they suspected members of the Irish Republican Army.

Paramilitary group targeted president
BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian intelligence agents thwarted a plot last month by extreme-right paramilitary groups to assassinate President Andres Pastrana, the head of the secret service, German Jaramillo, said yesterday.
Paramilitaries had planned to carry out the attack at Floridablanca, about 240 miles northeast of Bogota. A secret service "informer" foiled the plot by giving details of it to authorities, Mr. Jaramillo said.

Powell's daughter quits London play
LONDON The actress daughter of Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has pulled out of a London theatrical production because of security concerns, a National Theater spokeswoman said yesterday.
Linda Powell was scheduled to appear in "Jitney," a play about a Pittsburgh taxi company, but decided to stay in the United States to be closer to her family after this month's terror attacks in New York and Washington.

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