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Colombia arrests fourth IRA suspect
BOGOTA, Colombia — The Colombian army said yesterday it arrested a fourth man suspected of being a member of Irish Republican Army, less than two weeks after the arrest of three other Irishmen with reputed links to the mainly Catholic guerrilla group.
The man, whose identity was not provided, was arrested yesterday in Colombia's southern Huila province, a military source said.
The Colombian army Aug. 11 arrested three men with purported links to Irish militants believed to have trained leftist FARC guerrillas in making bombs and nonconventional weapons.
The men, identified as Niall Terence Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan, are being held in a maximum-security prison in Bogota and Colombia's public prosecutor's office has eight months to prepare a case against them.

ABM talks called constructive
MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov hailed the "constructive dialogue" between Moscow and Washington yesterday after a U.S. envoy said Washington had set "no deadline" for Russia to assent to U.S. plans to withdraw from a key arms-control agreement.
Contacts between the Russian and U.S. presidents, Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush, have given a "positive momentum" to relations between the two capitals, Mr. Ivanov said in a statement, making no comment on the Bush declaration Thursday that he planned to drop the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
Arms negotiator John Bolton told reporters he had assured Mr. Ivanov that Washington had set "no deadline" for Russia to agree with the U.S. plan to withdraw from the treaty, under which Moscow and Washington are barred from building a national missile-defense system.
Washington says missile defense is needed to ward off the threat of "rogue states," such as North Korea and Iran.

17 persons killed at fake checkpoint
ALGIERS — Seventeen persons had their throats slit or were burned alive by armed Islamic extremists at a fake security checkpoint in northern Algeria, hospital sources said yesterday, updating a previous toll of nine dead.
The attack, in which three persons were wounded, occurred late Wednesday on the road between Hacine and Mohammedia, some 215 miles southwest of Algiers.
The hospital said seven of the victims — including six members of the same family — had their throats cut, while 10 others were burned alive. Two girls, aged 16 and 18, were kidnapped.
The assailants then set fire to a second car, burning alive 10 youths trapped inside.

Rebels to surrender 3,000 weapons
SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia's rebels have agreed to hand in about 3,000 weapons to NATO troops, Western diplomats said yesterday, clearing the way for the start of a mission aimed at preventing all-out civil war.
As alliance troops flooded into Macedonia to begin collecting arms next week, NATO and ethnic-Albanian rebels revealed they had worked out an arrangement on the number of weapons to be turned over. The number was disclosed by diplomats speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The United States is providing logistical and medical support for the operation from its base in Kosovo, but is not sending any forces to Macedonia.

Bid reported to oust Chavez
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Venezuelan and Dominican authorities are investigating reported activities by Venezuelan ex-President Carlos Andres Perez aimed at ousting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Caracas' top diplomat here said yesterday.
Venezuela's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Julio Portillo, said Mr. Perez, who was in office 1974-79 and 1989-93 and has stayed here, may be using this Caribbean nation as a base for raising funds and other resources to destabilize the government of Mr. Chavez, who led a failed coup against his government in 1992.
Mr. Perez has told media he is not carrying out any political activities in the Dominican Republic where, he has said, he has friends in all the political parties.


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