- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 30, 2001

Saddam pushes germ warfare, paper says
LONDON Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper quoted what it said was a defecting Iraqi nuclear expert as saying Saddam Hussein has told his top scientists to concentrate on producing chemical and biological weapons.
It quoted the scientist, who it referred to by the pseudonym Dr. al Sabiri, as saying Saddam's researchers also were working on ways to spread germ and chemical weapons.
"I created death in Iraq. I had to get out," Dr. al Sabiri was quoted as saying in the report from Beirut.
"I was asked to examine hundreds of complicated and dangerous toxins. They were very easy to create using germs. You could put them in water or steam, throw them in the air or use them in the soil," he was quoted as saying.
"We developed nerve gas, botulism and anthrax. One day, a light green-yellow substance, which was crystallized and packed in tins, arrived. Suddenly, intelligence men came in and rushed it away. I later found out they were working on some secret project."
The scientist, who was reported to have worked at the Atomic Energy Organization in Baghdad, was quoted as saying the toxins were tested on prisoners. He also said there were attempts to design ways of delivering the deadly substances.

Partnership for Peace opens to Yugoslavia
BELGRADE A senior NATO official said yesterday that Yugoslavia was welcome to join its Partnership for Peace program, designed to draw ex-communist states into closer cooperation with the alliance.
Referring to elections that led to Slobodan Milosevic's ouster as Yugoslav president in October, Robert Serry, director of the Crisis Management and Operations Directorate at NATO headquarters, said that it was up to Belgrade to seek admission to the program.
NATO's relations with Yugoslavia became increasingly hostile in the late 1990s, culminating in a 78-day NATO bombing campaign in 1999 over the country's repression of the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo province.

Violence increases across Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh The final hours of campaigning ahead of Bangladesh's already blood-tainted Oct. 1 voting were marked yesterday by a steadily increasing death toll as simmering violence across the country diminished hopes for a free and fair general election.
As a midnight deadline to end pre-election rallies and protests approached, clashes between supporters of the country's bitterly opposed main political parties left four more persons dead, for a campaign death toll of almost 130.

Arlacchi to leave U.N. drug program
NEW YORK The director of the U.N. drug-control program, which recently was investigated because of allegations of fraud and mismanagement, will leave his post in mid-2002, a U.N. spokesman says.
Pino Arlacchi discussed the extension of his appointment, which expires Feb. 28, with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a meeting Friday, spokesman Fred Eckhard said.

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