- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2005

ITALY

Trial under way in death of ‘God’s banker

ROME — Five persons, including a convicted Mafia figure, went on trial yesterday on murder charges in the 1982 death of the Italian financier known as “God’s banker” because of his close ties to the Vatican.

The body of Roberto Calvi was found hanging from scaffolding under London’s Blackfriars Bridge on June 18, 1982, with rocks and cash stuffed into his suit.

He was found dead as his Banco Ambrosiano collapsed.

INDONESIA

Beach restaurants had been warned

BALI — Restaurants on a Bali beach hit by terrorists were warned a month ago that they could be targets after the discovery of a partially made bomb at a nearby hotel, but village leaders delayed plans to bolster security, an official said yesterday.

The al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group is suspected in the near-simultaneous attacks on three crowded restaurants — two on Jimbaran beach and one in the nearby tourist area of Kuta — that killed 22 persons, including the bombers, and wounded more than 100.

RUSSIA

Yeltsin recovering from fractured hip

MOSCOW — Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin is walking with some difficulty as he recovers from an operation last month on his broken hip, a Russian news agency reported yesterday.

The Interfax news agency, citing Mr. Yeltsin’s chief of staff, Vladimir Shevchenko, said there had been no complications or relapses for the 74-year-old former leader, who fell and broke his hip Sept. 7 while vacationing on the island of Sardinia.

NIGERIA

Militant charged in coup plot

ABUJA — A Nigerian militant leader was charged yesterday with plotting to overthrow the government after he called for the independence of the southern oil-producing delta region.

Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, who threatened to blow up oil platforms during an armed conflict with government troops last year, appeared under heavy security at an Abuja court shouting: “Nigeria is a nullity. [President Olusegun] Obasanjo is a dictator.”

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Qaeda advertising for Web editors

DUBAI — Al Qaeda has put job advertisements on the Internet asking for supporters to help put together the terror group’s Web statements and video montages, an Arabic newspaper reported.

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat said on its Web site this week that al Qaeda had “vacant positions” for video production and editing statements, footage and international media coverage.

FRANCE

Verdun chocolate sparks outrage

BAR-LE-DUC — Local politicians and veterans’ groups reacted with fury yesterday after a bakers’ association in northeastern France announced a promotion in which a landmark World War I cemetery and memorial will be reproduced in chocolate.

As part of the “Take a bite on Lorraine” campaign, the Federation of Bakers and Cake makers of the Meuse plans to put on sale miniature versions of local monuments, including the Douaumont Ossuary at Verdun where a half-million French and German soldiers died in 1916.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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