- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Stolen baby returned to Mexico City mother
MEXICO CITY A newborn baby stolen from her mother's arms in a hospital by a woman dressed as a doctor was returned safe to her parents Sunday, ending a monthlong drama that riveted Mexico after the mother resorted to a sit-in to demand police action.
Veronica Flores glowed as she recovered her baby, Aixel Camila, but begged police to keep hunting for the woman suspected of snatching the baby Maria Sanchez, 40, who worked as a security guard at a different hospital.
Police found the baby, born Dec. 25 and stolen two days later, on Thursday in the custody of a family in a Mexico City suburb, but they did not turn it over until DNA tests had been completed.

146 illegal immigrants found inside truck
MEXICO CITY Lawmen discovered 146 illegal immigrants from Central America hidden behind banana boxes in a truck in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, Reforma newspaper reports.
The 119 men and 27 women were crammed into a space 36 feet long and 71/2 feet wide, where they had been standing for 38 hours after paying a truck driver from the southern state of Tabasco to drive them to northern Mexico. The only air was from a small ventilation window in the top of the truck.
"I went to the bathroom in a plastic bag. Everyone else did, too. In the darkness you can't see who is doing what or what they are doing," Carlos Lopez Hernandez, a Salvadoran among the immigrants, told Reforma.

Al Qaeda man in Canada as late as November
MONTREAL A suspected al Qaeda terrorist shown on a video found by U.S. forces in Afghanistan was in Montreal as late as November, the daily La Presse reports.
Al-Rauf bin al-Habib bin Yousef al-Jiddi, 36, a Canadian citizen born in Tunisia, was in Montreal after the September 11 attacks on the United States but disappeared in November, La Presse said, citing anonymous sources.
Mr. al-Jiddi was identified through one of five suicide messages discovered by American troops in Afghanistan, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Friday, adding that the Canadian government helped with the identification.

Weekly notes
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez turned his anger against the country's Roman Catholic leaders Sunday, calling them political foes who "do not walk in the path of God." Mr. Chavez, who has clashed with the Catholic hierarchy before, has been defending his "people's revolution" since more than 80,000 opponents marched in Caracas Wednesday in the biggest street protest so far against his 3-year-old administration. … Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the leftist Workers Party retained the lead in Brazil's October presidential election in a poll published yesterday, but Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Anthony Garotinho threatened to take second place from Maranhao state Gov. Roseana Sarney. The survey by pollster Ibope published in Veja newsmagazine put support for Mr. Lula at 28 percent to succeed President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who is barred from seeking a third term.

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