- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 21, 2002

Italy labor reformer slain Brigade-style
ROME In a slaying reminiscent of the 1970s Red Brigades violence, an architect of Italy's labor-reform plan has been gunned down at his front door in Bologna.
It was the second assassination in three years of a government adviser working to change Italy's rigid employment system.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi promised yesterday to push ahead with the reforms.
The victim, economist Marco Biagi, was slain by two gunmen on a motor scooter, authorities said. Mr. Biagi had just returned home on his bicycle. Interior Minister Claudio Scajola blamed the killing on extremists wanting to undermine democracy.

Musharraf to revamp Pakistani intelligence
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan's government yesterday decided to revamp its intelligence agencies, replace the 141-year-old Police Act and create special anti-terror units to combat surging violence, Information Minister Nisar Memon said.
The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by President Pervez Musharraf, which reviewed security after a grenade attack on a church Sunday that killed five persons, including two Americans.
On Tuesday, Gen. Musharraf removed top Islamabad police officials.
The bodies of slain Americans Barbara Green and her 17-year old daughter, Kristin, were flown home yesterday.

U.S. denies attempt to overthrow Kuchma
KIEV The United States yesterday condemned a documentary aired on Ukrainian television that implies Washington attempted to overthrow President Leonid Kuchma by capitalizing on the murder of an opposition journalist.
"The film makes implications about the objectives of U.S. policy in Ukraine that are inaccurate and misleading," the U.S. Embassy in Kiev said in a statement.
The documentary focused on the political scandal that linked Mr. Kuchma to the November 2000 slaying of opposition journalist Georgy Gongadze.
The filmmakers said the United States attempted to use the furor surrounding the charges to replace Mr. Kuchma with his pro-Western prime minister at the time, Victor Yushchenko.
The documentary accuses the United States of financing Mr. Yushchenko's election campaign.

Saudi editor fired, writer jailed for poem
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates A poet who penned verses blasting Saudi Arabia's Islamic judges as corrupt and serving "tyrants" has been jailed and the newspaper editor who published the poem fired, a Saudi official said yesterday.
Prince Nayef, the interior minister, ordered Mohammed Mokhtar Fal, editor in chief of the Arabic-language Al-Madina, to be fired a few days after the poem, titled "The Corrupt on Earth," appeared March 10, the official said.
The poet, Abdul Mohsen Musalam, was jailed, the official said.
The poem was a rare public criticism in a country where dissent is not tolerated and where most of the newspapers including the one in which the poem was published are owned by the government.
UNITA leader's arrest denied by Angola

LISBON An Angolan government source yesterday denied reports by the rebel group UNITA that a hard-line leader of the group had been arrested, saying he was actually heading cease-fire talks, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.
A UNITA representative in Rome had told Lusa that the movement's secretary-general, Paulo Lukamba Gato, and its foreign relations secretary, Alcides Sakala, had been arrested Saturday in remote Moxico province.
The unidentified government source told Lusa that Mr. Gato, who is widely believed to oppose peace talks, was heading the rebel side at cease-fire negotiations. The talks were scheduled to start yesterday in Luena, a city about 480 miles southeast of the capital, Luanda.

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