- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2002

Top Chechen warlord killed, Russia says
MOSCOW Russia yesterday said its troops have killed one of the country's most wanted and reviled men, Khattab, an Arab-born Chechen guerrilla leader with suspected links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
The Federal Security Service produced no body or other evidence of Khattab's death. If confirmed, Khattab's death would be a coup for Moscow after more than two years of failed efforts to kill or capture any leading warlord in the anti-Russian rebellion in Chechnya.

Yugoslav ex-army chief gives up to The Hague
THE HAGUE Former Yugoslav army commander Gen. Dragoljub Ojdanic surrendered to The Hague war crimes tribunal yesterday to face charges of committing war crimes in Kosovo under the orders of former President Slobodan Milosevic.
Gen. Ojdanic, the first senior Serbian figure indicted by the court to surrender himself, was taken into custody at the tribunal's detention center in The Hague after flying to the Netherlands from Belgrade, a tribunal spokesman said.
The general, who served for 41 years, commanded the armed forces during the 1998-99 campaign against Kosovar Albanian insurgents. The 61-year-old general is expected to make his initial appearance at the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia today.

First three months of 2002 said warmest
LONDON The first three months of this year were the warmest globally since records began in 1860 and probably for 1,000 years, British scientists said yesterday.
Geoff Jenkins, director of the British Meteorological Office's Hadley Center, told the London Daily Telegraph that the record for January, February and March on land and sea was consistent with computer predictions of the effects of man-made global warming.
The three months were about 2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average for 1961 to 1990, itself the warmest period for 1,000 years according to ice-core analysis, he added.

Germany frees 3 of 13 held in crackdown
KARLSRUHE, Germany Three of 13 men detained in a German police sweep against a suspected Islamic terrorist cell have been freed for lack of evidence, but 10 others were ordered held in jail on charges of planning attacks in Germany, federal prosecutors said yesterday.
German police and elite anti-terrorist commandos arrested the suspects because some of them were about to leave Germany, said Chief Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm.
Prosecutors said the men belonged to a German cell of a radical Palestinian group called Al Tawhid. They include Jordanian, Egyptian and Iraqi nationals as well as Palestinians.

Irish election set for May 17
DUBLIN Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern yesterday called a general election for May 17 amid strong signs that Ireland's 2.8 million voters would return his center-right Fianna Fail party to power.
"We cannot take our peace for granted or our prosperity," said Mr. Ahern, who has led the first Irish peacetime government to serve an entire five-year term.
He asked President Mary McAleese to dissolve Parliament, and she signed the order soon after.

Afghanistan frees Pakistani fighters
KABUL, Afghanistan Afghanistan's interim regime yesterday freed the first of hundreds of Pakistani prisoners locked away for months in cramped, squalid cells because they came to help the deposed Taliban regime fight a "holy war" against America.
The first 30 Pakistanis elderly men with long white beards and younger men who were wounded filed humbly into a Pakistani military plane and flew home guarded by heavily armed soldiers with red berets.

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