- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 4, 2002

DENMARK
Chechen rebel sought by Russia freed
COPENHAGEN Russia's attempt to get hold of a senior Chechen envoy failed yesterday when Denmark refused to extradite Akhmed Zakayev, calling evidence against him insufficient.
While supporters expressed happiness over the release of Mr. Zakayev, a top aide of Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov, Moscow fumed and said Denmark was not taking the fight against terrorism seriously.
Mr. Zakayev, 43, had been in custody in Copenhagen since his Oct. 30 arrest after a legal meeting of Chechen rebels here.
Denmark had set a Nov. 30 deadline for Russia to provide sufficient evidence against him. Moscow initially linked him to attacks on civilians, including a theater raid in the Russian capital that left 129 hostages dead, but later evidence didn't mention that raid.

EGYPT
Court orders retrialof academic
CAIRO Egypt's highest appeals court overturned the conviction of an Egyptian-American sociologist yesterday and ordered his retrial on charges of tarnishing the nation's image with his writings on democracy and human rights.
Human rights groups around the world condemned Saad Eddin Ibrahim's conviction and seven-year sentence last year as politically motivated. The case also strained ties between Egypt and the United States.
After the ruling, Mr. Ibrahim left Cairo's Tora Prison. Mr. Ibrahim, a professor at American University in Cairo who turned 64 yesterday, was convicted May 21, 2001.

CHINA
Shanghai to host 2010 World's Fair
MONTE CARLO, Monaco China won the right yesterday to host the World's Fair in 2010, another feather in its cap after winning its bid to host the Olympics in 2008.
Shanghai was chosen over Yeosu, South Korea, in a vote by the International Bureau of Exhibitions, which organizes the fairs at its meeting in Monaco. The other three bidding cities Moscow; Queretaro, Mexico, and Wroclaw, Poland were knocked out in earlier rounds.

BELGIUM
Anthrax scare seen at NATO, Israeli Embassy
BRUSSELS Fears of an anthrax attack hit Belgium yesterday with the discovery of suspicious letters at four sites including NATO headquarters and the Israeli Embassy in Brussels.
Letters were also intercepted at the Belgian federal parliament and the Palais de Justice, a major complex of courts and prosecution services in central Brussels, according to officials.

BRITAIN
Theft case dropped against second butler
LONDON A month after the theft case against former royal butler Paul Burrell collapsed, prompting a flood of embarrassing headlines about Queen Elizabeth II and her family, prosecutors dropped their case against a second royal servant yesterday.
With Mr. Burrell exonerated, prosecutors said it would be difficult to convict Harold Brown, who was charged with stealing more than $785,000 of jewelry and other valuables from Princess Diana and her estate. Mr. Brown said he was authorized by Mr. Burrell to sell a jewel-encrusted model dhow that had been a wedding gift to Diana and Prince Charles.

IVORY COAST
French evacuate more foreigners
DUEKOUE French troops helped scores of trapped foreigners escape fresh fighting in Ivory Coast yesterday as the country's embattled leader met West African neighbors to try to end the spreading conflict.
Skirmishes flared again at Man, the main town in western Ivory Coast, where President Laurent Gbagbo's forces backed by mercenaries with tanks and helicopter gunships said they had pushed out the newest rebel faction Monday.

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