- The Washington Times - Friday, July 19, 2002

Serbian speaker sets presidential election

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Serbia's parliament speaker, Natasa Micic, yesterday called presidential elections for Sept. 29, setting up a showdown between the reformers who ousted Slobodan Milosevic for the top post in Yugoslavia's dominant republic.

The departure of incumbent Milan Milutinovic, who has been indicted by The Hague's war-crimes tribunal, will remove the last vestige of Mr. Milosevic's rule from a top-level state post. Mr. Milutinovic is expected to surrender to the U.N. tribunal when his term expires at the end of the year.

The heavyweight candidates in the election campaign are likely to be Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica and Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Miroljub Labus, representing the two main camps in the reform bloc that toppled Milosevic in 2000.

Peacekeepers among 60 killed in Uganda accident

KAMPALA, Uganda At least 60 persons, including 10 foreign peacekeepers, were killed when a runaway gasoline tanker collided with a bus in western Uganda yesterday. The accident occurred at Rututo, some 225 miles west of the capital Kampala.

A local police official told Agence France-Presse that peacekeepers from a U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo boarded the bus near a border post. Reports suggested the 10 foreigners on the bus were tourists.

Philippine police arrest would-be suicide bomber

MANILA A man suspected of planning to carry out a suicide bombing has been arrested in the Philippines based on information provided by the U.S. government, officials said yesterday.

Ahmad Abdellatif Jubran, said to be Jordanian, was arrested by immigration and anti-terrorism agents in Manila on May 16. Several months ago, U.S. authorities informed the Philippines that Mr. Jubran was apparently preparing for a suicide attack outside the Philippines, the officials told the Associated Press.

Prior to his arrest, Mr. Jubran informed his wife that he was "leaving the Philippines to be with the martyrs" in messages monitored by Philippine authorities.

11 rebels killed in Indonesia's Aceh

JAKARTA, Indonesia Government troops killed 11 suspected separatist rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh, bringing the number of persons killed to 35 this month, military officials said yesterday.

Maj. Zaenal Mutaqin, Aceh's military spokesman, told United Press International that a gunfight between government troops and members of the Free Aceh Movement, known by its local-language acronym GAM, took place at two sites Wednesday after raids on the rebels' headquarters.

GAM has been fighting for an independent state in Indonesia's predominantly Muslim province since 1976.

Milan judge indicts 3 on aiding al Qaeda

MILAN, Italy An Italian judge indicted three North African men yesterday on charges of arms possession and supplying forged documents to the al Qaeda terrorist network.

Nabil Benattia of Tunisia, Yassine Chekkouri of Morocco and Abdelhalim Hafed Remadna of Algeria were arrested in Milan in November in connection with an investigation of the city's mosque and Islamic cultural center. U.S. authorities have described the center as the main al Qaeda station house in Europe.

Abdelkader Mahmoud Es Sayed, a fugitive Egyptian described as the organizer of al Qaeda's Milan cell, was also indicted yesterday.

Jewish graves vandalized in Rome cemetery

ROME Vandals have smashed about 40 Jewish graves at a cemetery in Rome in what Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called a barbarous act of anti-Semitism.

Vandals destroyed marble columns and statues, overturned flower vases and even dug down to the coffins of about 40 grave sites in the Verano cemetery east of central Rome late Wednesday, city officials said.

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