- The Washington Times - Friday, June 21, 2002

Hong Kong's Tung delays naming Cabinet

HONG KONG Opponents warned of a political catastrophe yesterday as Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader prepared the biggest government shake-up since Britain surrendered colonial control.

Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, who had planned to reveal the new Cabinet lineup today, subsequently delayed the announcement until next week to give the central Beijing government time to approve the choices.

Mr. Tung was expected to name political appointees to jobs once held by civil servants a reshuffle his critics are dreading as a massive tightening of his control.

Venezuelan retirees march against Chavez

CARACAS, Venezuela Dozens of retired military officers joined by hundreds of civilians waving the Venezuelan flag marched toward the presidential palace yesterday to demand the resignation of President Hugo Chavez.

The protesters said they were fed up with the leftist leader's politicization of the armed forces, budget cuts and ties to Cuba.

Some of the marchers, led by former national guard Lt. Hidalgo Valero, carried their uniforms on poles because they faced 30-day jail terms under military law if they wore them for a political demonstration.

Suspected al Qaeda arrested in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistani police working with the FBI arrested seven Arabs suspected of al Qaeda links and detained seven Pakistanis in the investigation into attacks on Americans and other foreigners in Pakistan, officials said yesterday.

None of the 14 persons has been charged, and it was not clear if the Pakistanis in custody had links to the Arabs.

The seven Arabs were arrested over the past two days and include Saudis, Yemenis and others whose nationalities have not been established, a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.

The seven Pakistanis were rounded up as part of the investigation into last week's bombing outside the U.S. consulate, which killed 12 Pakistanis, and the May 8 suicide bombing in front of a Karachi hotel that killed 11 French engineers and three other persons, including the bomber.

Saudi car bomb kills British banker

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia A bomb exploded shortly after a British banker started up his Land Rover, killing him yesterday outside a residential compound in the Saudi capital.

The banker, identified as Simon Veness, died when the four-wheel-drive vehicle blew up in northern Riyadh, the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the police chief, Lt. Gen. Abdullah Shahrani, as saying.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which took place two days after Saudi Arabia announced the arrest of al Qaeda suspects and a day after Britain warned its citizens to be vigilant about security.

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