- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2002

Peru arrests three in March bombing

LIMA, Peru President Alejandro Toledo of Peru announced yesterday the capture of three members of the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path, rebel group believed responsible for the March 20 bombing that killed 10 persons near the U.S. Embassy.

The blast came just ahead of President Bush's March 23 trip to Lima, the first visit of a sitting U.S. president to Peru.

Ten persons, including a Peruvian police officer assigned to guard the embassy, were killed, and more than 30 people were injured in the blast outside a bank at a shopping center in the eastern Lima neighborhood of La Molina.

U.N. court upholds Serbs' rape convictions

THE HAGUE A U.N. court of appeals upheld the sentences of three Bosnian Serbs yesterday for participating in nightly gang rapes and torture of Muslim women during the Bosnian war.

The five-member appellate panel swept aside all grounds of appeal.

In 2001, a trial court found Dragoljub Kunarac and Radomir Kovac guilty of sexually assaulting victims as young as 12 during the 1992-95 war in the former Yugoslav republic, forcing them to perform domestic chores and selling them into further bondage. The two men received 28- and 20-year sentences respectively.

A third defendant, Zoran Vukovic, was convicted of raping and torturing a 15-year-old girl who was about the same age as his daughter but was acquitted of most other charges. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Spain says it foiled ETA bombing plan

MADRID Spain said yesterday that it foiled a bombing campaign by the armed Basque separatist group ETA aimed at sowing chaos before the EU summit next week in the southern Spanish city of Seville.

Interior Minister Mariano Rajoy said police found several arms caches, totaling more than 220 pounds of explosives, stashed in a remote mountain location in the Mediterranean region of Valencia, after interrogation of a suspected ETA member arrested on Monday.

Trial of journalist begins in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe An American journalist accused of publishing a false story went on trial yesterday in the first major test case under Zimbabwe's tough new media laws.

Andrew Meldrum, the Zimbabwe correspondent for Britain's Guardian newspaper, appeared before a magistrate and was charged with contravening a law that prohibits publication of false information.

The Harare courtroom was packed with journalists as the 50-year-old Ohio native pleaded not guilty to the charge of publishing a false story.

Russians, Kazakhs, Kyrgyzs hold exercise

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan Russian, Kazakh and Kyrgyz rapid deployment troops began a joint exercise yesterday as part of combined efforts to fight terrorism, the Kabar news agency reported.

The exercise, called Southern Shield of the Commonwealth 2002, is held as part of the Commonwealth of Independent States' (CIS) program to fight international terrorism.

Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are CIS members and signatories to the Collective Security Treaty.

New Danish party to fight xenophobia

COPENHAGEN A group of Danes has established a new political party, called the Minority Party, to fight what it calls growing xenophobia and racial discrimination in the Nordic country.

Denmark lurched to the right in the November elections in which the far-right Danish People's Party became the third largest party in parliament after running an anti-immigration campaign that built on the September 11 attacks on the United States.

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