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Russian minister warns of Georgia terrorism

MOSCOW Russia's defense minister said yesterday that Georgia had evolved into the world's second major "nest" of international terrorism, after Afghanistan.

It was the latest salvo in the escalating war of nerves between the two former Soviet republics.

Russia has long accused Georgia of harboring Muslim Chechen rebels holed up in its lawless Pankisi Gorge near the border with Chechnya and demanded that Georgian authorities allow Russian troops to enter and flush them out.

German court frees Palestinian detainee

BERLIN A court ordered the release of a Palestinian man held since April on suspicion that he assisted a radical Islamic group planning terrorist attacks in Germany, prosecutors said yesterday.

The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe lifted an arrest warrant against Mohammed A., 28, who was living in the German city of Leipzig, because there was no compelling evidence that he would commit a crime if released, the federal prosecutor's office said. He remains under investigation.

Mohammed A. was suspected of assisting the cell but not of being a member.

Philippine Communists make U.S. terror list

The United States added the insurgent Communist Party of the Philippines to its list of foreign terrorist organizations in a decision published yesterday.

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell made the recommendation less than a week after returning from a tour of Southeast Asia, which included a stop in Manila to bolster support for the Philippine government's anti-terror campaign.

Powell chief of staff resigns to teach

The chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday that he is quitting the State Department to teach at Syracuse University.

"Colonel" Bill Smullen, who has been a close aide to Mr. Powell since 1989, when Mr. Powell was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will become deputy director of national security studies.

90-year-old Nazi sent back to jail

BERLIN A former Nazi labor camp commandant convicted of murdering Jewish prisoners must serve 10 more years of his life sentence, a court ruled yesterday, arguing that his "particularly cruel" crimes outweighed concern over the 90-year-old's frailty.

Josef Schwammberger was convicted in 1992 in the deaths of hundreds of Jews during his time as commandant at several camps near Krakow, Poland, from 1942 to 1944.

Prince Claus fitted with pacemaker

AMSTERDAM Prince Claus, the husband of the Netherlands' Queen Beatrix, was fitted with a pacemaker yesterday, the royal palace said.

A spokeswoman said Prince Claus, 75, was given the pacemaker after his doctors "confirmed continuing irregularities in his heartbeat."

Nagasaki ceremony remembers atomic bomb

TOKYO The mayor of Nagasaki marked the 57th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on his city yesterday by lashing out at the United States for reversing efforts toward nuclear disarmament.

Mayor Itcho Ito said Washington's withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia and its rejection of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty threatened to roll back the movement to prevent nuclear war.

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