- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2001

N. Ireland government faces new suspension
BELFAST, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland's joint Catholic-Protestant government, the fruit of a hard-won 1998 peace pact, faced likely suspension this weekend as the sides traded blame yesterday for the arguments tearing apart their coalition.
Representatives from Britain and Ireland planned to meet today in London at Prime Minister Tony Blair's office. But with Mr. Blair embroiled in efforts to forge a global response to last week's terrorist attacks on the United States, the Northern Ireland crisis was a lower priority.
All sides faced a Saturday deadline for filling the government's top Protestant post, vacated in July when Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble resigned.
The Northern Ireland administration took office amid much hope in December 1999 as part of a U.S.-brokered deal that required the IRA to scrap weapons. Britain stripped the coalition of power when the IRA failed to start disarming.

Foul play ruled out in Mexico crash
MERIDA, Mexico Mexican authorities yesterday ruled out foul play in Monday's crash of a turboprop plane in southern Mexico that killed all 19 persons aboard, including 16 U.S. tourists.
The tourists, their Mexican guide and two pilots died when the Czech-made LET-410 aircraft crashed in a field five minutes after takeoff from the Chichen Itza archaeological site.
Yucatan state Gov. Patricio Patron said initial reports pointed to mechanical failure. He said investigations continued, but ruled out foul play.
The tourists visited the Mayan ruins and were heading back to their cruise ship, which had docked earlier in the day in Cozumel, a Mexican island 90 miles away, said a spokesman for the small AeroFerinco airline that ran the ill-fated flight.

Argentina detains 18 repression suspects
BUENOS AIRES A federal judge, acting on extradition requests from Spain, ordered the detention yesterday of 18 persons accused of violent repression during Argentina's 1976 to 1983 military rule, a court source said.
Among those held are former federal judge Victor Brusa and ex-navy officers Fernando Enrique Peyon, Raul Enrique Scheller and Jose Antonio Suppicich. Their extradition was requested in August by Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish judge who had asked for Chilean ex-dictator Agusto Pinochet to be tried in Spain.

Dutch police arrest four over drug trade
HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands Dutch police have arrested three Israelis and one Dutch national in connection with an international trade in the illegal drug Ecstasy, said a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office in the southern town of Hertogenbosch.
The spokeswoman, Desire Leppens, said the arrests were the result of an investigation since June that had led to the seizure of some 300,000 tablets of the amphetamine-based drug across the country.
Miss Leppens said the arrests were the result of cooperation from officials in Israel, Germany, Spain, the United States, Australia and Canada.
The illicit drugs were found hidden in the upholstery of chairs and were intended to be smuggled around the world

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