- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Yemen seeks escapee from missile blast
SAN'A, Yemen Yemen said yesterday its security forces were looking for a suspected al Qaeda member who narrowly escaped a missile attack by an unmanned CIA plane that killed six of his comrades earlier this month.
In the first apparent admission that Yemen consented to the strike, Interior Minister Rshad Alimi said: "This operation was carried out as part of security coordination and cooperation between Yemen and the United States."
Mr. Alimi also said in a statement carried by the state news agency, Saba. that the seventh al Qaeda member left the car moments before it was hit by a missile in the Marib province on Nov. 3.

Venezuelan troops fire tear gas
CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuelan national guard troops fired tear gas in Caracas yesterday to keep apart militant supporters of President Hugo Chavez and opposition marchers who were protesting the government's military takeover of the city police force.
Troops and police moved into action as thousands of anti-government demonstrators advanced to a few blocks away from the National Assembly, a stronghold of support for the left-wing president who was elected in 1998.
The march, the latest of a series of protests against the populist president that began a year ago, stoked fears of renewed violence in the world's No. 5 oil exporter. Mr. Chavez, who survived a brief military coup in April, is resisting pressure to quit.

Gunmen seize fishing trawler
MOSCOW Gunmen seized a Russian fishing trawler yesterday in the Sea of Japan, reports said.
The press service of the Federal Border Guards confirmed a Russian vessel was seized in the Sea of Japan, but would not confirm that it was a trawler or give other details. The press service said Russian border guards were informed of the incident by Japanese and South Korean authorities.
Interfax said the 178-foot trawler with about 20 crew members was seized 460 miles southeast of the Russian far eastern port of Vladivostok.

Anglican Church pays in abuse cases
TORONTO The Anglican Church of Canada has agreed to pay $16 million into a federal fund to compensate indigenous people who claim they were abused at residential schools in the past, a newspaper said yesterday.
More than 12,000 indigenous people, who were sent to federally owned residential schools operated by various churches in the past century, claim they were abused physically or sexually and are suing both Ottawa and the churches.
The Anglican payment is the first major compensation agreement with the government after talks between Ottawa and religious groups including the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches broke down last year, the National Post reported.

Protected whales make comeback
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Southern right whales are making a comeback.
South African scientists said yesterday that an annual count revealed the biggest number yet in the survey's 32-year history of the gentle leviathans, which can grow to 56 feet and weigh 70 tons.
Scientists from the University of Pretoria's Mammal Research Institute spotted 845 right whales during a seven-day aerial survey of South Africa's south coast last month, 20 percent, more than last year.

Mediators see landmark Aceh peace deal
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia Indonesia and separatist rebels in Aceh province are expected to sign a landmark peace pact early next month, international mediators said yesterday.
The deal, to include international monitors and a fresh provincial election, would end a decades-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives province on the island of Sumatra.


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