- The Washington Times - Friday, October 4, 2002

Fighting heavy in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan Heavy fighting broke out in the north and west yesterday as forces loyal to rival commanders resumed long-standing battles for control of strategic areas.
U.N. spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said commanders Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Uzbek, and Ustad Atta Mohammed, a Tajik, had sent officials to the Pir Naqshi area in the northern province of Samangan to quell the latest clashes bwtween their supporters.
In the west of the country fierce fighting raged near a strategic air base yesterday between forces of Ismail Khan, the powerful governor of the western city of Herat, and those loyal to rival warlord Amanullah Khan.

Turkish court commutes Ocalan's death sentence
ANKARA, Turkey Turkey formally commuted Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan's death sentence to life in prison yesterday after parliament abolished capital punishment two months ago in a bid to join the European Union.
An Ankara court ruled that Ocalan, head of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, was covered by the August reforms, the Anatolia news agency reported.
Ocalan, the sole inmate on an island prison in Istanbul, was sentenced to death for treason in 1999 for leading the PKK's 15-year war for autonomy in the mostly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

Milosevic trial attorney apologizes for remark
THE HAGUE An attorney appointed by the U.N. tribunal to help protect Slobodan Milosevic's interests apologized to the court yesterday after being quoted as saying the former Yugoslav president will be found guilty of war crimes.
But Michail Wladimiroff said his ill-considered comments published earlier this month in Dutch and Bulgarian publications did not compromise his role as a "friend of the court," and that he should be allowed to continue. He has said he was misinterpreted and misquoted.
Three judges are to decide later whether to dismiss Mr. Wladimiroff, one of three veteran defense attorneys appointed last year to help Mr. Milosevic get a fair trial.

Thousands in Paris protest privatization
PARIS France's center-right government faced its first serious challenge yesterday when tens of thousands of public workers marched through Paris to protest plans to sell parts of state-owned companies.
The demonstrators came from all over France and carried signs that read "Public Services Aren't for Sale."
The protest was led by electricity and gas workers but included employees from partially state-owned companies such as Air France, railway authority SNCF and struggling telecommunications giant France Telecom.

Queen to open hockey game
VANCOUVER, B.C. Queen Elizabeth II is returning to her loyal subjects in Canada for a Golden Jubilee tour that at one highly publicized event will put blue blood at center ice of a hockey game.
The queen and husband Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh, arrive today in the tiny northern community of Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut a territory she wants to visit because it did not exist when she last visited Canada in 1997.
The visit, the queen's 20th to Canada, will include listening to "God Save the Queen" sung in Inukitut, English and French and attending a multifaith Thanksgiving holiday celebration.

Philippine rebels free two journalists
MANILA Muslim gunmen in the southern Philippines yesterday freed unharmed two journalists working for a Manila television network after holding them hostage for six days.
Reporter Carlo Lorenzo and cameraman Gilbert Ordiales were released in the mountains of Jolo island, 600 miles south of Manila, considered a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group.
The Abu Sayyaf is holding seven other hostages on Jolo, including three Indonesian crewmen abducted from a tugboat in June and four Philippine Christian evangelists, all women, who were kidnapped in August.

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