- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2001

U.S. military team arrives in Zamboanga
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines About 20 U.S. military advisers arrived in the southern Philippines yesterday to help Manila tackle guerrillas linked to Osama bin Laden who have held two Americans hostage for months.
A C-130 aircraft carrying the U.S. team arrived just before 7 p.m. at a military facility in Zamboanga, witnesses said. The advisers, carrying heavy equipment, walked from the aircraft as Filipino troops stood guard.
Lt. Gen. Roy Cimatu, the Philippines southern military commander, said the Americans soon would visit nearby Basilan island, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf rebels, to assess operations. The new arrivals were joining five U.S. officers who came to Zamboanga on Tuesday.

Singapore opposition gives a PAP free ride
SINGAPORE This city-state's fragmented opposition backed away from a conventional election contest with the mighty People's Action Party yesterday, hoping instead to pick up more seats.
When nominations closed, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's PAP was unopposed for 55 of the 84 parliamentary seats to be filled in the Nov. 3 election. By contesting fewer than half the seats up for grabs, the opposition hopes Singaporeans, reassured the PAP will retain power, will elect some of its candidates.

Taiwan lawmaker faces assault trial
TAIPEI, Taiwan Independent lawmaker Lo Fu-chu, 58, known as the gangland "godfather" of the notorious Tien Tao Meng (Heaven Way Alliance), will face trial on charges of assaulting colleagues, officials said this week.
A nine-member special committee from the Taipei police put Mr. Lo on a gangster list for the first time after meeting Tuesday for more than three hours, the China Times and the United Daily News reported.

White powder shuts Hibiya subway line
TOKYO One of the subway lines under this metropolis was briefly shut down at the peak of the evening rush hour yesterday after suspicious white powder was found in a station, police and witnesses said.
A police spokesman said that unidentified white powder was found in the Higashi-Ginza station on the Hibiya line shortly after 6 p.m., but the line was reopened less than an hour later after police removed the substance from a public toilet.

Weekly notes
President Megawati Sukarnoputri will deliver a progress report on her short time in office next week, a rare opportunity for Indonesians to hear directly from their reticent leader. Her speech will be the highlight of the 10-day annual session of the People's Consultative Assembly opening Thursday. Japan's Environmental Affairs Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi pledged yesterday to help bring about an agreement at a two-week international meeting opening Monday in Marrakesh, Morocco, on details to make the Kyoto Protocol on reducing "greenhouse" gas emissions operational.

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