- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

AFGHANISTAN
2 U.S. soldiers hurt in grenade attack
KABUL Attackers ambushed two U.S. soldiers and an Afghan interpreter at a busy corner in Kabul yesterday, wounding all three with a grenade thrown at their unmarked jeep.
Police said two men were arrested. One said during questioning that he attacked the Americans because "they were laughing at women."
A police officer at the scene said he saw a boy throw a grenade at the Americans' gray, Russian-made jeep. A second man also tried to throw a grenade but was tackled by a fruit vendor.
Both Americans were in stable condition, and the interpreter suffered only light wounds, a spokesman for the international peacekeeping force said.

CUBA
Rights activist rips U.S. embargo
STRASBOURG, France Leading Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya criticized Washington's economic embargo of Cuba yesterday and said U.S.-held prisoners in Guantanamo Bay brought shame on the island's people.
Mr. Paya, 50, spoke at a European Parliament news conference after receiving the European Union's top human rights prize, the $51,500 Sakharov prize.
Mr. Paya leads the Varela Project, a petition for democratic reforms signed by more than 11,000 Cubans that the government has ignored since it was presented in May.

PHILIPPINES
Clinton backer ordered arrested
MANILA The Philippine Supreme Court ordered the arrest yesterday of a wealthy Philippine lawmaker wanted by U.S. authorities for purportedly making illegal campaign contributions to former President Bill Clinton.
Mark Jimenez, who ran a computer-parts business in the United States, was indicted in 1997 on 17 counts of illegally giving nearly $40,000 to Democratic Party candidates.
He fled the United States and returned to the Philippines. While fighting extradition, he was elected to the House of Representatives in May 2001.

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
War criminal seeks justice for victims
THE HAGUE Biljana Plavsic, the highest-ranking politician from the former Yugoslavia to plead guilty to war crimes, asked judges yesterday to seek justice for her and for the victims of the Bosnian war when they consider her sentence.
The request marked a dramatic ending to a pre-sentencing hearing that included testimony from former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, a Nazi death-camp survivor.
Plavsic, 72, once known as Bosnia's "Iron Lady," was indicted for her role in planning the purge of Muslims and other non-Serbs from Serb-dominated areas of Bosnia early in the 1992-95 war. But after the war, she was prominent in implementing the peace plan.

CANADA
Arrested Algerian linked to al Qaeda
TORONTO An Algerian immigrant arrested in Ottawa last week has links to a senior member of the al Qaeda terrorist network, Canadian intelligence authorities say.
Mohamed Harkat, 34, trained in the same terrorist training camp as Ahmed Ressam, who was arrested in 1999 while attempting to cross into the United States with a carload of explosives destined for the Los Angeles airport, the Security and Intelligence Service said in court documents released Monday.
Harkat came to Canada from Malaysia and was granted refugee status in 1997 after he convinced federal officials that he was carrying a fake Saudi Arabian passport for fear of persecution by the Algerian government.

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