- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 16, 2002

NATO, Russia forge cooperation pact
BRUSSELS NATO and Russia are close to forging a new cooperation pact, and a summit to sign the deal is likely to take place at the end of May, the head of NATO and Russia's foreign minister said yesterday.
The idea of the pact is to create a forum in which Russia could influence NATO and sit as an equal partner with the alliance's 19 nations.
NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said the two sides were still working on exactly what the new pact would cover, but mentioned the fight against terrorism and the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as two likely areas.

Kashmir clash kills five; blast injures many
SRINAGAR, India Five persons were killed in a clash between Muslim militants and Indian forces in troubled Kashmir yesterday and some 35 Indian security men were wounded in a blast after the clash, an Indian official said.
A spokesman for India's Border Security Force (BSF) said three militants and a civilian were killed in an encounter in the Tral district, south of Srinagar, summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars.
Kashmir is at the heart of a tense military standoff between India and Pakistan that began after a December attack on India's Parliament that New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based guerrillas.

Zimbabwe editor arrested in crackdown
HARARE, Zimbabwe The editor of Zimbabwe's only private daily newspaper was arrested and charged yesterday with publishing false information in a story claiming that President Robert Mugabe fraudulently won last's month presidential race.
Police charged Geoff Nyarota, editor of the Daily News, under a recently passed media law that penalizes "abuse of journalistic privilege" with heavy fines or jail terms of up to two years, his attorney, Lawrence Chibwe, said.
Mr. Mugabe signed the media law just three days after winning the March 9-11 presidential poll, which his main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, and many Western powers say he rigged.

Harry Wu barred from Hong Kong
HONG KONG Immigration officials refused entry yesterday to a Chinese-born American whose years inside China's labor camps turned him into a prominent campaigner against their abuses.
The decision threatens the territory's freedoms, left in place after Britain returned its former colony to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, human rights campaigners and opposition lawmakers said.
They said the decision appeared to be political to appease Beijing.
Harry Wu said he was told by authorities at the airport he could not come into Hong Kong because of "safety problems," according to his wife and a local watchdog group.
The U.S. consulate demanded an official explanation about why an American citizen was kept out but Hong Kong's Immigration Department declined comment.

Algerians on trial in Germany
FRANKFURT, Germany Five Algerian men suspected of belonging to al Qaeda go on trial in Germany today in a case that may shed light on the inner workings of the guerrilla network believed to be behind the September 11 attacks.
Four of the men face charges in a Frankfurt court of planning to bomb a Christmas market in France in 2000. The fifth man is not accused of involvement in the bomb plot but is charged with "membership of a terrorist group."

Mexico battles corrupt police
MEXICO CITY Prosecutors have charged 10 police officials but freed 32 others after a mass arrest in northern Baja California intended to round up suspects with ties to the Arellano Fexi drug gang, Mexico's attorney general said yesterday.
The state and local police were detained last week during a raid at the police academy in the border city of Tecate, 65 miles east of Tijuana. They were then flown to Mexico City.
Among those freed without charges were assistant state prosecutor Rogelio Delgado Neri; Tijuana's top police administrator, Carlos Edmundo Otal Namur; and a Tijuana precinct chief, Jesus Jacobo Aguirre.

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