- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 12, 2002

Rocket attack targets U.S. forces in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan For the second time in two weeks, a rocket missed U.S. special forces hunting Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan's frontier tribal belt, a local official said yesterday.
The target was a vocational school in Miran Shah, where about seven Americans are thought to bunk while working with Pakistani troops in the semiautonomous region along the Afghan border. U.S. officials haven't confirmed their presence in the building.
The first rocket fired Friday hit a sports complex 150 to 200 yards from the school, the local official said. The second rocket was set to fire Saturday but was found and defused by authorities.

American, 4 Thais slain at gibbon sanctuary
BANGKOK An American conservationist trying to help gibbons in Thailand for more than 10 years has been found murdered with four Thai workers at his animal refuge in northwest Thailand, police said yesterday.
The body of William Deters, 63, was found with a bullet wound in the kitchen of his Highland Farm and Wildlife Refuge in Tak province. The other victims included a 2-year-old girl.
Police officials suspect a water dispute with neighbors as a likely cause.

Indonesian police kill top Aceh rebel
JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesian police shot and killed a top rebel from Aceh province yesterday, less than 24 hours after Jakarta agreed to work with the separatist guerrillas toward a cease-fire.
Independent sources and police said Ayah Sofyan, a spokesman and regional commander in the Free Aceh Movement, was killed in a village close to the Banda Aceh capital of the remote resource-rich province.
Indonesian government negotiators and the exiled rebel leadership agreed in Geneva on Friday to work toward ending bloodshed in the province on the northern tip of Sumatra island, 990 miles northwest of Jakarta.

Missile launcher found near U.S. base
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Saudi soldiers found an empty tube from a shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile near a military base used by U.S. warplanes, Saudi military officials said yesterday.
The officials said a patrol discovered the missile launcher tube about a half-mile from the remote Prince Sultan Air Base, south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, "at the end of the week."
The Saudi officials commented after the Pentagon reported on Friday that a launcher tube had been found about two miles from a base runway.

Taiwanese marchers demand name change
TAIPEI, Taiwan A former president argued for Taiwanese independence from China as thousands of people marched yesterday to demand the island's official name be changed from the Republic of China to Taiwan.
About 8,000 people marched, many wearing purple headbands that said in Chinese: "The parade for Taiwan's correct name." Large banners read, "We are Taiwanese" and "We love Taiwan; we hate the Republic of China."
The issue of renaming is extremely sensitive because it could provoke China, which considers the island a renegade province and has threatened to attack if Taiwan moves toward independence.
In a letter read to the marchers, former President Lee Teng-hui, who organized the march but did not participate because of heart problems, said, "Taiwan and the People's Republic of China are two countries. This is a reality."

Poland says it rescued U.S. spies from Iraq
WARSAW Poland's intelligence service confirmed for the first time yesterday that its agents rescued U.S. spies from Iraq after Iraq invaded neighboring Kuwait in 1990.
"The evacuation of U.S. officers from Iraq by the Polish intelligence service in 1990 was well received in the international arena," says a statement posted on the Web site of the intelligence service, UOP.
According to Polish news media, Washington annulled most of Poland's debt to the United States in gratitude for the rescue of its agents.

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