- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2002

CIA chief discusses terrorism with Yemeni
SAN'A, Yemen CIA Director George J. Tenet made a brief visit yesterday to Yemen, where an official said the United States has offered to base CIA and FBI teams to help the government fight terrorism.
A Yemeni diplomat said Mr. Tenet and President Ali Abdullah Saleh discussed the investigation into the October 2000 bomb attack on the USS Cole and the hunt for al Qaeda operatives in Yemen.
A U.S. Embassy official declined to comment on Mr. Tenet's six-hour visit.
U.S. officials fear al Qaeda members fleeing Afghanistan might seek refuge in Yemen, and last week the FBI issued an alert for 17 men believed to have been planning an attack against the United States or on Americans in Yemen. U.S. and Yemeni officials said Thursday that five of them were in custody in Yemen.
Gen. Tommy Franks, the head of the U.S. military's Central Command, visited Yemen on Monday, and President Bush spoke by telephone with Mr. Saleh just after Gen. Franks' visit.

Pakistani police miss kidnap accomplice
KARACHI, Pakistan A hoped-for breakthrough in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl slipped away yesterday after police reached the home of a key suspect minutes too late, officials said.
Police were holding the suspect's two brothers in an attempt to flush him out, said Tariq Jamil, deputy police chief in the southern port city of Karachi. The country's interior minister announced two more arrests in eastern Punjab province with the help of FBI agents.
Pakistani security forces were focusing their efforts yesterday on a man identified as Mansour Hussain, who they believe seized Mr. Pearl on instructions from Sheik Omar Saeed, an Islamic militant leader.
Tracing mobile phone calls led police to a house where Mr. Hussain was hiding in Karachi, but he fled shortly before police raided it, Mr. Jamil said.

25 still missing after refugee breakout
LONDON British police said yesterday that 25 asylum seekers were still missing after a fire ripped through Europe's largest immigrant detention center where they were being held.
Fifteen of those who ran off amid the chaos of Thursday night's blaze at Yarl's Wood immigrant holding center, 40 miles north of London, had been recaptured by yesterday evening.
Police believe the fire which caused damage estimated at $50 million may have been started deliberately by detainees trying to escape.

23 killed in Peru bus accident
LIMA, Peru A speeding bus rolled over twice and crashed on a high plain in Peru's Andes mountains, killing 23 persons and injuring 31 others, health officials said yesterday.
The accident occurred Friday evening near the town of Mazocruz, 585 miles southeast of Lima, said regional health official Cesar Huanca.
The bus was heading from the coastal city of Tacna, on the border with Chile, to Desaguadero, a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca near the Bolivian border.
All the passengers were Peruvian, Mr. Huanca said. Most were merchants who were traveling to sell their wares at carnival celebrations around the lake. The official said the bus driver, who was killed, was speeding.

Thousands of Russians try for kissing record
MOSCOW Clutching balloons and each other, more than a thousand couples lined up on a Moscow bridge yesterday, faced one another and then puckered up setting what they hope is a new world record.
Some 2,226 persons mostly young Russians gathered on Moscow's Kievsky pedestrian bridge for a simultaneous kiss.
An information agency that organized the event said it hoped the kiss-off would earn a place in the record books. According to the agency, the previous record 1,400 persons kissing simultaneously dates from 1996 and is held by the United States.


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