- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 18, 2001

Spanish suspect charged in terror attacks
MADRID A Spanish public prosecutor has accused a Spaniard of Syrian origin, who was arrested last week, of involvement in the September 11 attacks in the United States, court sources said yesterday.
The sources said the prosecutor had asked High Court Judge Baltasar Garzon to hold Imad Eddin Barakat Yarbas in custody on charges of belonging to an armed group involved in the September 11 attacks. He has denied the charges.
Police last week arrested Mr. Yarbas and 10 other men suspected of having ties to the international network of Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the September 11 attacks.

Violence flares anew in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe Fighting erupted in Harare yesterday as the body of a war veteran, whose murder has stoked a wave of violence in Zimbabwe, arrived in the capital, national television reported.
Police used tear gas to break up stone-throwing clashes between supporters of President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Ousted Mexican party seeks new role
MEXICO CITY Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party opened a party congress yesterday and promised sweeping reforms and a shake-up of its outmoded ideology. The party ruled the nation for seven decades until its ouster last year.
Defeat at the hands of conservative businessman Vicente Fox in the latest presidential elections shook the party to its core and prompted widespread speculation that it would have difficulty surviving, once stripped of the spoils of office.
Party leader Dulce Maria Sauri told foreign journalists yesterday that the former ruling party was determined to overcome its image of corruption and abuse of power.

More seamen recovered from Kursk hull
ST. PETERSBURG Relatives and comrades yesterday buried the recovered bodies of 11 crew members from the doomed Russian submarine Kursk, showing the disaster 15 months ago remains a touchstone of national grief.
The Kursk sank in the Arctic Barents Sea in August last year, and all 118 men aboard were lost, despite a wrenching weeklong undersea rescue effort.
Divers recovered 12 bodies last year, and another 57 were found when the Kursk was raised to the surface last month.

Indian bandit weary of life on the lam
MADRAS, India India's most wanted outlaw has offered to negotiate his surrender, a magazine editor the bandit contacted said yesterday.
The notorious jungle bandit, Koose Muniswamy Veerappan, had offered to negotiate a possible surrender once the authorities called off a manhunt, the Tamil-language weekly Netrikkan said.
The bandit, accused of 120 murders and smuggling ivory and sandalwood worth millions of dollars, shot into the spotlight last year when he kidnapped a popular local film icon, Rajkumar, and held him hostage in the jungle for more than three months.

Cypriot leader confirms new talks planned
NICOSIA Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides has agreed to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in a new bid to reinvigorate a flagging peace process over the divided island, Mr. Clerides confirmed yesterday.
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit raised the stakes over Cyprus early this month by saying Ankara could annex the northern third of the island if the Greek Cypriots enter the European Union without the Cyprus problem resolved.
It will be the first face-to-face meeting between Mr. Clerides and Mr. Denktash since 1997, when U.S. mediators arranged a discussion on security issues that ended inconclusively


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