- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007

GERMANY

Red Army member gets parole

BERLIN — A German court yesterday approved parole for one of the last jailed members of the Red Army Faction in a case that has revived painful memories of the left-wing terrorist group’s 1970s heyday.

Brigitte Mohnhaupt, 57, will be released March 27 after serving 24 years of a life sentence for multiple murders, the Stuttgart state court ruled.

Mohnhaupt was convicted in 1985 of involvement in nine killings and for her role in a 1981 attack on the car of U.S. Gen. Frederick Kroesen — then the commander of U.S. forces in Europe — which injured both the general and his wife.

ITALY

15 from Red Brigade held in attack plot

ROME — Police arrested 15 suspected leftist radicals yesterday during a sweep in northern Italy that the government said had probably averted the first attack in years by an offshoot of the Red Brigades guerrilla movement.

Interior Minister Giuliano Amato cautioned that investigations had shown there were likely to be other centers of Red Brigades activity that still had to be rooted out. A judicial source said 70 persons were under investigation. Potential targets included the home of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

BAHAMAS

Photos show Smith in bed with official

NASSAU — A newspaper published two photographs on its front page yesterday showing Anna Nicole Smith lying in bed fully clothed in a romantic embrace with the Bahamian immigration minister, who approved her application for permanent residency.

Immigration Minister Shane Gibson has come under criticism from the political opposition for giving the former Playboy Playmate special treatment in granting residency in the Bahamas last year. Mrs. Smith died Thursday in Florida.

The residency application was based on Mrs. Smith’s reported ownership of a waterfront mansion. But G. Ben Thompson, a South Carolina developer who once dated her, has said he had not given her the house as a gift and is attempting to reclaim the house.

CHINA

Official: No more anti-satellite tests

BEIJING — China has no plans to carry out another test of an anti-satellite weapon, Japan’s former defense chief said yesterday, citing a conversation with the Chinese defense minister.

Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan’s reported remarks to former Japanese defense chief Fukushiro Nukaga are the latest attempt by Beijing to tamp down criticism over last month’s test, in which a missile shattered a defunct Chinese weather satellite.

EGYPT

Cleric picked up from Italy freed

CAIRO — An Egyptian Muslim preacher reportedly kidnapped by CIA agents off the streets of an Italian city and taken to Egypt has been released, his attorney and a security official said yesterday.

Attorney Montasser al-Zayat said Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr, known as Abu Omar, was ordered freed Sunday by an Egyptian State Security Court that found his detention in Egypt “unfounded.” He was released at a police station in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

JAPAN

Small explosion near U.S. base

TOKYO — A small explosion occurred outside a U.S. Army base south of Tokyo late yesterday, police and military officials said. A Japanese news report said police suspected an attempted attack on the base.

The Army was investigating the blast, said an official at Camp Zama, adding that there were no reports of injuries or damage.

In 2002, two blasts were heard outside Camp Zama, and Japanese police found a metal projectile and a crude mortar made from a metal pipe nearby.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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