- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2005

ESTONIA

Americans among 14 killed in copter crash

TALLINN — A helicopter carrying 14 persons, including two Americans, crashed in the Baltic Sea off the Estonian coast yesterday, and all aboard were thought to be killed.

The U.S.-made Sikorsky S-76 helicopter, operated by the Finnish firm Copterline, was on a commercial flight from the Estonian capital, Tallinn, to Helsinki, Finland, when it went down in strong winds shortly after takeoff near the island of Naissaar, about three miles off the coast, officials said.

A spokeswoman at the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki said that the two pilots were Finns and the passengers were six Finns, four Estonians and two U.S. citizens. Their names were not released.

JORDAN

Britain signs deportation deal

AMMAN — Jordan signed a deal with Britain yesterday that enables British courts to deport Jordanians who incite or condone acts of terrorism through preaching or writing.

Under the agreement, Jordan would have to guarantee a deportee would not be tortured or otherwise mistreated at home and would not face the death penalty.

The agreement, signed in Amman by British Embassy officials and Jordanian Interior Minister Awni Yarfas, is part of Britain’s sweeping anti-terror plans.

CHILE

Pinochet’s wife, son held in tax fraud

SANTIAGO — The wife and youngest son of former dictator Augusto Pinochet were arrested yesterday after a Chilean judge charged them in a tax-fraud case.

Judge Sergio Munoz charged Gen. Pinochet’s wife, Lucia Hiriart, and his youngest son, Marco Antonio Pinochet, as accomplices in tax fraud involving up to $17 million in secret Pinochet bank accounts that were uncovered last year.

Mrs. Hiriart, who is in her 80s, was being held in a military hospital; the son was sent to a jail that usually houses white-collar criminals.

AFGHANISTAN

Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier

KABUL — A roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan killed a U.S. service member — the fifth American casualty in a week — and suspected Taliban rebels fatally shot an Afghan woman accused of spying for the coalition, officials said yesterday.

The spate of violence deepens concerns about security in the east and south of the country in advance of key legislative elections set for Sept. 18.

The U.S. military said the roadside bomb exploded Tuesday in eastern Ghazni province, where an American unit was conducting operations.

PHILIPPINES

Bombs wound 26 in southern port

MANILA — Two bombs exploded in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga yesterday, wounding 26 persons in attacks that security forces blamed on Muslim militants.

The first bomb, which exploded in a parked jeep, damaged shops and wounded 14 persons. The second, in a nearby hotel, wounded 12.

TURKEY

2 Syrians suspected of al Qaeda links held

ANKARA — Turkish police detained two Syrians on suspicion of links to al Qaeda, including one who is thought to be a go-between for the terrorist network and a Turkish cell that carried out deadly 2003 bombings in Istanbul.

News of the detentions came after more than 5,000 Israelis on five cruise ships were diverted from Turkish ports to Cyprus in recent days amid intelligence reports that a terror attack was imminent.

Turkish press reported yesterday that the Syrian suspected of being an al Qaeda go-between was one of 10 persons detained for purportedly plotting to attack Israeli cruise ships but police later denied the reports.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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