- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2003

KENYA
Al Qaeda suspect held in attacks
NAIROBI Kenya has arrested a suspected al Qaeda member for questioning over terrorist attacks in east Africa, in a joint operation with unnamed Somali leaders, a government official said yesterday.
In November, a bombing attack on an Israeli-owned hotel at the Kenyan coastal resort of Mombasa killed 16 persons.
News of the arrest followed reports from Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Tuesday that militiamen had captured and handed over a wounded Yemeni al Qaeda suspect to FBI agents. It was not immediately clear if the suspect in Kenyan custody was the same person.
Meanwhile, Pakistan said its intelligence agents raided an Afghan refugee camp near the border town of Peshawar on Tuesday and picked up two men with suspected links to al Qaeda.

GERMANY
Berlin expels 4 Iraqi diplomats
BERLIN Germany said yesterday it has expelled four Iraqi diplomats, making it the latest country to send home diplomats following a request from the United States.
The United States has approached 60 countries, requesting the expulsion of diplomats it says are engaged in espionage. Germany opposes military action against Iraq.
The Czech Republic also expelled four Iraqi diplomats yesterday on suspicion of spying. The moves follows similar expulsions in Finland, Hungary, Sweden, Australia, Romania, the Philippines and the United States.

SOUTH AFRICA
Rightists accused of plot to kill Mandela
JOHANNESBURG A group of South African white right-wingers is accused of plotting to assassinate former President and African icon Nelson Mandela, a prosecution lawyer said yesterday.
Details of the purported plot, confirmed by prosecution lawyer Paul Fick, were broadcast by the South African Broadcasting Corp. based on the indictment of 23 members of the Boeremag group facing trial in May for treason and terrorism.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Lawmakers retire Milosevic-era judges
BELGRADE Serbian lawmakers forced 35 judges including seven Supreme Court justices into retirement yesterday, accusing the judiciary of failing to prosecute underworld bosses who were plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.
Inefficiency of courts allowed killers and criminals to dodge justice for years, Justice Minister Vladan Batic said, referring to crime gangs that thrived under former President Slobodan Milosevic.
Mr. Djindjic was killed by a sniper on March 12. Yesterday, police said they arrested Milan Sarajlic, a deputy state attorney, for suspected links with an underworld network believed to be behind the killing.

PAKISTAN
Extremism rising, rights panel reports
ISLAMABAD Religious extremism is on the rise in Pakistan, and violence reached an unprecedented level last year, according to a human rights report received yesterday.
The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan's 2002 report paints a sad tale of rights being ignored, "brutality at the hands of police and paramilitary forces" and political and legal manipulation by the powerful military to retain its rule despite general elections last October.
Pakistan's government disagreed with the report, saying it was doing its best to protect the country's minorities and respect human rights.

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