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Suspect arrested in U.S. center attack
NEW DELHI The prime suspect behind an attack on the American center in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta was arrested in Dubai and extradited to India yesterday, officials said.
Aftab Ansari, also known as Farhan Malik, had claimed responsibility for the Jan. 22 attack on the American Center in Calcutta in a telephone call from Dubai. In the attack, gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on guards at the center, killing five persons.
Mr. Ansari was arrested on Jan. 23 by the Dubai authorities, along with another suspect, Rajender Kumar, who has also been extradited, the Foreign Ministry said.

Police: Kidnap suspect may have fled Karachi
KARACHI, Pakistan The key suspect in the disappearance here of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl may have fled to Pakistan's most populous province, police said yesterday, insisting they still hope to free Mr. Pearl soon.
Kamal Shah, chief of police in Sindh province, said Sheik Omar Saeed may have left Karachi and "was reported to be in the Punjab" a sprawling province that runs along Pakistan's border with India. He said investigators were trying to track Mr. Saeed.
Mr. Pearl, 38, was abducted Jan. 23. Police believe Mr. Saeed, a British-born Islamic militant, masterminded the kidnapping.
Most of Mr. Saeed's family live in Punjab. In an attempt to flush Mr. Saeed out, police have detained several members of his family.

Liberian defiant as rebels gain
MONROVIA, Liberia Liberian President Charles Taylor vowed yesterday never to bow to rebels who have brought their uprising to the gates of the capital, Monrovia, terrifying residents and forcing a state of emergency.
"We are here to stay. Nobody should think that he can come and run Charles Taylor out of here," he told reporters at his Executive Mansion. "Nobody will run me out of this town."
Rebels of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) told Reuters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, by telephone on Friday they would reach Monrovia in a week if Mr. Taylor refused to step down.
Tension gripped Monrovia, capital of the anarchic West African state, after soldiers clashed with rebels nearby.
Military sources said government troops were in control of Klay Junction, 22 miles away, which rebels raided on Thursday in their closest attack to the capital since they began Liberia's latest war in mid-2000.

Ethiopians celebrate return of treasure
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Tens of thousands took to the streets here yesterday to welcome home a religious treasure looted by British troops from an Ethiopian church in 1868.
The treasure, called a tabot, adorns all Ethiopian Orthodox churches and represents the Ark of the Covenant.
It was discovered in a cupboard of a Scottish church in October by Pastor John Mackluckie and was handed over to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Edinburgh in January.
Crowds waving the national flag welcomed the return of the sacred artifact at the airport in Addis Ababa before it began a long procession to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the capital.

Elisabeth Mann Borgese, environmentalist, dies
GENEVA Elisabeth Mann Borgese, the last surviving child of German literary giant Thomas Mann and an activist for protection of the world's oceans, has died of a respiratory infection. She was 83.
Mrs. Mann Borgese died unexpectedly Friday in a hospital at Samedan, near St. Moritz, officials said yesterday.
Mrs. Mann Borgese was a daughter of Thomas Mann, who won the 1929 Nobel Prize for literature. While several of her siblings became well-known authors, she dedicated herself to another of her father's loves the ocean.
Mrs. Mann Borgese organized a pioneering conference on the law of the sea in 1970 called Peace in the Oceans. She is credited with helping bring about a 1982 U.N. treaty on the Law of the Sea after more than a decade of negotiations.


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