- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 18, 2002

War-crimes suspects told to surrender

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Yugoslavia published a list yesterday of 23 persons it said should surrender or face arrest for extradition to a U.N. tribunal that is trying former President Slobodan Milosevic for Balkan war crimes.

Those on the list received from the U.N. tribunal in The Hague have three days to surrender, a status that would provide some privileges they wouldn't get if arrested.

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic the No. 1 war-crimes suspect at large and his top general, Ratko Mladic, are on the list.

S. Korean politician rises to the top

SEOUL Noh Mu-hyun, a self-educated lawyer and human rights advocate who was once a harsh critic of the United States, was virtually assured of the ruling party's presidential nomination yesterday after a strong rival withdrew.

Rhee In-je, 53, an adviser to the ruling Millennium Democratic Party, did not say why he was pulling out, but he was trailing Mr. Noh as the primary race neared its April 27 end.

Germany sees al Qaeda behind Tunisia blast

BERLIN Germany said yesterday it was possible that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group was behind a blast at a synagogue in Tunisia that killed 16 persons.

Tunisian authorities also are no longer ruling out the possibility that the explosion was an attack.

The German government said all evidence pointed to the likelihood that the blast was planned. In an interview with ARD television, Interior Minister Otto Schily said that "underneath the suspects, we have to see al Qaeda structures."

Spanish judge targets Kissinger in probe

MADRID A Spanish judge has asked international police to question former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about crimes committed by South American military dictatorships in the 1970s and '80s.

High Court judge Balthazar Garzon has filed a request with Interpol asking for Mr. Kissinger to be interviewed in London next week, where he is due to attend a conference.

A copy of the judge's order, obtained by Reuters news agency yesterday, calls on authorities to ask Mr. Kissinger if he knew of Operation Condor.

India denies torturing Pakistani diplomat

NEW DELHI India yesterday denied accusations that it had detained and tortured a Pakistani diplomat in New Delhi with electric shocks, saying he had been treated in line with the law.

"There's no truth, absolutely no truth in the allegation that there was torture of this individual," External Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Nirupama Rao told reporters.

Pakistan said earlier that diplomat Ali Abbas was abducted by at least a dozen Indian intelligence agents and beaten.

Inca mummies found near Lima

Thousands of mummies, most of them from the Inca culture five centuries ago, have been unearthed from an ancient cemetery near Lima in Peru, National Geographic announced yesterday.

Believed to be the largest cemetery from one time period excavated in Peru, lead archeologist Guillermo Cock said as many as 10,000 Incas were possibly buried at the site between 1480 and 1535.

However, Mr. Cock said the site was being destroyed by "human progress" and most of the remains might never be recovered.

Hong Kong gives clout to political appointees

HONG KONG Hong Kong's political leader announced the biggest overhaul of the territory's government structure since it was returned to China in 1997, but opposition lawmakers charged he was pushing it past them without enough time for consultation.

Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's system will create a layer of 14 top posts for political appointees, who can be fired more easily than the civil servants who now hold key government positions.

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