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Police identify leader of Bali bomb plot
DENPASAR, Indonesia Police said today that the leader of the Bali bomb plotters was Imam Samudra, who had been identified as a leading member of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror group.
The chief Indonesian police investigator, I Made Mangku Pastika, revealed the identity of the purported mastermind of the Oct. 12 attack at a press conference held here with Australian Federal Police.
Indonesia's top security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, had described Mr. Samudra as one of the leaders of the Jemaah Islamiyah network, but Mr. Pastika said today that investigators could not yet tie the plot to Jemaah Islamiyah or the al Qaeda group.
"Before there is any concrete proof to relate to Jemaah Islamiyah and al Qaeda we will not bring a conclusion on that," Mr. Pastika said.

Venezuela takes control of police in capital
CARACAS, Venezuela Shooting broke out around Caracas police headquarters yesterday after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's government took control of the city police from the capital's anti-Chavez mayor in a move opponents condemned as illegal.
Officers inside the headquarters building who supported the government takeover said they were fired on by colleagues outside who opposed the move, the latest development in a long-running and often violent political crisis that has pitted Mr. Chavez against opponents who want him out of office.
Confusion reigned over the status of the city police force, which had clashed twice this month with Chavez supporters in street battles that killed two persons.

Russian officer killed; Chechen abducted
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia A high-ranking Russian officer was killed and a top Chechen official abducted at gunpoint in new fighting in the southern Russian republic, an official said yesterday.
Unidentified attackers opened fire on a vehicle carrying Lt. Gen. Igor Shifrin, the head of Russian military construction, in the Chechen capital, Grozny, Friday night. Gen. Shifrin was killed and his driver was wounded.

Fleeing Malians hit in Ivory Coast
BAMAKO, Mali Bullet-riddled buses brought the first Malian citizens out of Ivory Coast yesterday in the latest regional effort to rescue African immigrants caught in surging anti-foreigner attacks in Ivory Coast.
Evacuees said armed men at roadblocks opened fire as they fled their homes in western Ivory Coast in buses sent by the Mali government.
The 10 buses bodies peppered by gunshots and some windows shattered rolled into an old sports stadium in Mali's capital, Bamako, with 800 evacuees.

Sudan talks stall over power-sharing
MACHAKOS, Kenya Sudan's warring factions will meet again today to try to strike a power-sharing deal, pressing on after not reaching an accord on the final official day of peace talks.
The Khartoum government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army have been meeting in Kenya to try to build on a framework peace deal signed in July.

North Korea threatens to resume missile tests
SEOUL North Korea repeated its threat to resume missile test-launches yesterday if Japan doesn't atone for abuses committed during its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Since 1999 North Korea has been under a self-imposed moratorium on long-range missile test flights. At its first summit with Japan, on Sept. 17, North Korea said it would extend the moratorium until after 2003.


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