U.N. officer arrested after Kosovo shooting
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia A U.N. police officer in Kosovo has been arrested on suspicion he shot to death an ethnic Albanian woman, U.N. police said yesterday. They refused to discuss what the motive might have been.
Police were called to the officer’s apartment in Pec, about 55 miles west of the provincial capital of Pristina, on Saturday after people nearby heard shots, police spokesman Derek Chappell said.
Police found a 23-year-old ethnic Albanian woman with serious injuries. The 32-year-old police officer had bullet wounds in his arm and hand. Both were taken to a hospital, where the woman died.
The woman, whose identity was not released, worked as a translator for U.N. police, Mr. Chappell said.
Kosovo, a Yugoslav province, has been administered by the United Nations since a 78-day air war in June 1999 forced an end to former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s campaign of repression against the ethnic Albanian majority.
15 held in Singapore targeted U.S. Embassy
SINGAPORE The U.S. Embassy was among the several U.S. establishments targeted for bombing by the 15 suspected terrorists arrested last month by authorities here, the Singapore government said today.
The 15 persons were arrested in raids between Dec. 9 and 24. Thirteen of them are “cell members” of a clandestine organization called Jemaah Islamiah, with several of them receiving training under Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, the Ministry of Home Affairs said.
Saddam vows defeat of foreign attackers
BAGHDAD President Saddam Hussein yesterday vowed that Iraq’s army would defeat any foreign attack and shrugged off reports that the United States might extend its campaign against terrorism to Iraq.
Addressing the nation on the occasion of Army Day, Saddam also praised Iraq’s military and the Palestinian uprising against Israel.
“As your debased enemies failed in the past, so will any aggressor fail if he lets himself be seduced into committing an act of evil,” Saddam said in a 20-minute speech on national television.
President Bush has warned Saddam that his government must allow the return of U.N. arms inspectors to search for and destroy weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq claims it has eliminated all such weapons.
Chavez supporters attack opposition lawmakers
CARACAS, Venezuela Dozens of supporters of President Hugo Chavez attacked opposition lawmakers trying to leaving Venezuela’s legislature following a marathon session yesterday.
Supporters of the president, known as Chavistas, attacked the legislators shoving, hitting and in some cases throwing rocks after a nine-hour session that ended with a Chavez ally’s re-election as president of the National Assembly.
Berlusconi takes on foreign minister post
ROME Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi became Italy’s interim foreign minister yesterday to limit the fallout from the resignation of his most internationally respected and pro-European minister.
Renato Ruggiero, a former head of the World Trade Organization, quit in frustration late Saturday after a government row sparked by the euro currency.
Pakistan offers to free Bhutto’s husband
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistani authorities have offered to free from prison the husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as long as he makes a plea bargain, the News newspaper reported yesterday.
Mrs. Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, were convicted of corruption in 1999, and she has lived in self-imposed exile since then, while Mr. Zardari has been in prison.
Mrs. Bhutto, prime minister from 1988 to 1990 and from 1993 to 1996, and Mr. Zardari denied involvement in corruption. Last year, the Supreme Court canceled their convictions and ordered a retrial, which has yet to start.