- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2007

CUBA

Drug cartel boss deported to Colombia

HAVANA — Cuba yesterday deported to Colombia a notorious drug cartel boss whose extradition has been sought by the United States, a Cuban official who took part in the deportation said.

Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante, 49, also known as “Rasguno” (“Scratch”), is the purported head of Colombia’s Norte del Valle drug cartel. He was handed over to Colombian security officials who flew from Bogota on a government plane, an official told Agence France-Presse.

BRITAIN

Radical Muslim held under terror law

LONDON — A British Muslim convert widely known for extremist outbursts was arrested yesterday for purportedly encouraging terrorism, police said.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrest of Abu Izzadeen, 31, occurred “as a result of an ongoing inquiry” under anti-terrorism laws. The Jamaica-born British citizen is the spokesman for the al-Ghurabaa group, which was outlawed by the British government in July.

FRANCE

2 officers charged in link to 2005 riots

PARIS — A judge in the Paris suburb of Bobigny has charged two police officers in connection with the 2005 electric shock of two teens whose deaths sparked three weeks of rioting in France, officials said yesterday.

The two officers were charged Wednesday for “nonassistance to people in danger,” which carries up to five years in prison and a maximum $97,400 fine.

The decision was made more than 15 months after Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Traore, 15, were killed as they hid from police in a power substation in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois on Oct. 27, 2005.

COLOMBIA

Court grants rights to gay couples

BOGOTA — Same-sex couples in Colombia will have rights similar to their straight counterparts following a court ruling seen as the biggest advance for homosexuals in this conservative Roman Catholic country.

In a decision embraced by rights groups but blasted by the church, the Constitutional Court late Wednesday granted same-sex couples living together for more than two years the same estate inheritance guarantees as heterosexuals in common law marriages.

BANGLADESH

Endangered turtles die along coast

COX’S BAZAR — Hundreds of endangered sea turtles have been found dead along Bangladesh’s coast in the past two weeks, triggering concerns about pollution and local fishing practices, an official said yesterday.

A team of four scientists was investigating the deaths of the olive ridley turtles. At least 65 of the sea turtles — ranging from 88 pounds to 132 pounds — have been found dead along a three-mile stretch of beach near Cox’s Bazar, one of the main cities on the coast.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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