- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 25, 2002

Spanish isles invite German youth to visit

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain The sunny islands off Spain's coasts say they would offer respite to the thousands of German children who have been suffering in the heavy rains and floods that have been lashing their country.
The Balearic Islands, which includes the Mediterranean islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, "considers that it is its duty with the German people to help them overcome the serious situation in which so many families that are victims of the floods find themselves," the islands' government said in a letter to Spain's ambassador in Berlin and Germany's ambassador in Madrid.
The islands, which welcome about 3 million Germans each year, said they want the children "to profit from several days of rest on our island" to "help them overcome the terrible trauma they've lived through."

Austrian rightist hosts young terror victims
KLAGENFURT, Austria A group of 111 children affected by the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington arrived in Austria last week, invited by far-right politician Joerg Haider.
The children are those whose parents were killed or seriously injured in the attacks, lost their jobs or helped with cleanup, and children of police officers involved in identifying victims of the attack.
The group, along with 49 accompanying adults, also will visit the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, according to a news release from the provincial government of Carinthia, Mr. Haider's southern stronghold.

Man held in peddling of radioactive cesium
KIEV Ukrainian police said last week they had arrested a man in the east of the country as he tried to sell a radioactive substance.
"The Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) have opened a criminal investigation of this individual for the illegal possession of radioactive material," an SBU spokesperson said Thursday.
The man tried to sell about 3.5 ounces of cesium-137, a radioactive substance used in coal mining and in the metal and drug industries, for $85,000 in the eastern region of Donetsk, police said.
According to specialists, cesium-137 can be used in the production of "dirty bombs," a conventional explosive device laced with radioactive material.

Weekly notes
The presumed leader of the radical Islamic group Ansar al-Islam, whose suspected bio-warfare group is linked to the al Qaeda terrorist network, and who is wanted by Western intelligence services, has been living in Norway since 1991, according to Geir Loendal, a spokesman for the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. Mullah Krekar, 46, a Kurd, resides in the Scandinavian country with his wife and four children, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported on Thursday. Katrin Wrobel, 25, Miss Germany, risks losing her crown for objecting to rules forbidding her to pose nude or marry, organizers said. The dental assistant from Berlin reportedly has no intention of posing unclothed or marrying her boyfriend but wants to end her contract.

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