- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 25, 2002

Chavez backers march in Venezuelan capital

CARACAS, Venezuela Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hugo Chavez marched through Caracas yesterday to show faith in their leader despite an economic recession and revived opposition attempts to oust him.
Mr. Chavez planned to join the eight-mile march at a point not disclosed for security reasons. The former army paratrooper organized the march to protest a Supreme Court ruling to absolve four military officers accused of leading an April 12-14 coup.
Chavez supporters believe the ruling tried to justify a coup that ousted the president for two days and led to the dissolution of the constitution and democratic institutions.
Mr. Chavez was democratically elected in 1998 after spending two years in jail for leading a failed coup.

Slovak president ill; poisoning suspected
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia Slovak President Rudolf Schuster, 68, was taken to the hospital with a high fever yesterday, and his spokesman said the president's family believed someone might have tried to poison him.
The Slovak presidency is a largely ceremonial post with limited legislative powers, but the president has the authority to name the new prime minister after elections. Crucial elections are due next month.
The Sept. 20-21 election will decide whether Slovakia is invited to join the European Union and NATO, because both organizations have said they will block Slovak entry if autocratic former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar returns to power.

Al Qaeda chemical lab found in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan Security forces discovered a suspected al Qaeda chemical laboratory in a Kabul neighborhood yesterday, complete with explosives and suspicious documents, Radio Kabul reported.
The laboratory was found in a house formerly occupied by the Saudi nongovernmental organization Wafa, which is among the organizations that the United States believes were connected to Osama bin Laden's terrorist network.
The radio said security officials found 16 types of chemicals and explosives in the house, as well as documents that were not described.

Azeri leader heads for referendum win
BAKU, Azerbaijan Though ailing, President Haydar Aliyev appeared close to victory yesterday in a referendum on constitutional change, which he denied was a crude attempt to pave the way for his ex-playboy son, Ilgam, 40, to take over.
An official at the former Soviet republic's Central Electoral Commission said by the end of voting that he was sure people in the oil-rich country would vote for the changes in the 1995 constitution, which Mr. Aliyev, 79, forced through despite opposition protests and a U.S. call for it to be delayed.

U.S. official ends South Asia mission
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan The leaders of Pakistan and India must solve the Kashmir dispute, a top U.S. diplomat insisted yesterday as he wrapped up his latest visit to South Asia.
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage did not announce any breakthroughs after meeting with President Pervez Musharraf and said all the United States can do is offer advice and mediate, if asked.
Shortly before Mr. Armitage's meetings in Pakistan, suspected Islamic militants raided three villages in Indian-controlled Kashmir, gunning down 12 persons in their homes.

Trial of three opens in consulate bombing
KARACHI, Pakistan The trial of three militants accused in the June 14 car-bombing of the U.S. consulate, which killed 12 Pakistanis and injured 50 others, opened yesterday with testimony from a police officer.
The defendants, Mohammed Imran, Mohammed Hanif and Mohammed Ashraf are charged with conspiracy, murder and terrorism in the car-bombing. All the charges carry the death penalty.

Moderate quakeshakes up Cairo
CAIRO An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale rattled Cairo late yesterday. Security sources said no injuries had been reported.
Egypt's official Middle East News Agency quoted the president of the National Geophysics Institute as saying the epicenter of the earthquake was 21 miles northeast of the southern Cairo suburb of Helwan at a depth of about 10 miles.
In 1992, a quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale killed more than 500 people in Egypt.

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