- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2003

SOUTH KOREA
Stealth fighters deployed by U.S.
The United States is sending up to six radar-avoiding F-117A "stealth" warplanes to South Korea for exercises this month with Seoul's forces on the troubled Korean Peninsula, the U.S. military said yesterday.
Military officials said the first such deployment of F-117As to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea in a decade was routine and not connected with the crisis over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
But the temporary move comes after recent deployment of 24 American B-1 and B-52 bombers to the island of Guam in an open warning to Pyongyang against adventurism in case of a U.S.-led war with Iraq.

BRITAIN
Who guitarist to get warning for child porn
Rock star Pete Townshend will not be prosecuted for possessing child pornography, according to the London Evening Standard.
The Who guitarist, 57, is expected to get a formal police caution, after insisting he accessed a child-porn Web site as part of a research project into the horrors of the pedophile trade, the newspaper said.

CHINA
Falun Gong, terrorists targeted in crackdown
BEIJING China reaffirmed its commitment to tracking down terrorists inside its borders and promised yesterday to counter any "severe threats to national security" everyone from Falun Gong members to mob bosses.
The country's top legal officials, reporting to the National People's Congress, also reiterated the government's longtime promise to stop the corruption that makes getting things done in China tortuous and expensive.
China began its latest "Strike Hard" campaign against crime in the mid-1990s and renews it periodically.

NETHERLANDS
Judges take seats to "dismantle tyrannies"
THE HAGUE Eighteen judges took their seats yesterday at the world's first permanent war-crimes court, a long-awaited body that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said without specifically mentioning Iraq could help "dismantle tyrannies" and replace them with democratic regimes.
With the backing of 89 countries, but boycotted by the United States, the International Criminal Court was inaugurated in a borrowed 13th-century grand hall in the presence of Queen Beatrix. It will be at least five years before the court has a permanent home in The Hague.
The United States fears the tribunal would be used for politically motivated prosecutions of American troops serving overseas.

COLOMBIA
Marxist rebels bomb three Bogota buses
BOGOTA Suspected rebels tossed gasoline bombs into three city buses yesterday, incinerating one, but all the passengers escaped without injury.
Police arrested two women, who passengers said threw bottles full of gasoline onto one of the buses. Authorities blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for the attacks.
Officials of the city bus system said service was resumed shortly after the attacks. The capital's bus system serves some 800,000 people a day. Bogota also has private buses.

ZIMBABWE
Witness details purported death plot
HARARE, Zimbabwe A key witness in the treason trial of Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday the opposition leader had proposed that President Robert Mugabe be assassinated in a way to make it look like a natural death.
Mr. Tsvangirai and two senior colleagues could face death sentences if convicted of plotting to kill Mr. Mugabe. All three deny the charges.

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