- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 23, 2002

Bali bomber suspect said to confess
CILEGON, Indonesia Indonesia's police chief said yesterday a man suspected of being the mastermind of last month's Bali bombings has confessed to planning the blasts.
Besides the bombings in Bali, National Police Chief Da'i Bachtiar said the suspect, Imam Samudra, admitted he was involved in church bombings in another part of Indonesia in 2000 and a blast at a Jakarta shopping mall in 2001.
Speaking in the western Java town where Imam Samudra is being held, Chief Bachtiar said the 35-year old Indonesian engineer told police he held meetings to plot the Oct. 12 bombings.

Saudis arrest Kuwaiti in shootings of soldiers
KUWAIT CITY Saudi Arabian authorities yesterday arrested a Kuwaiti police officer accused of shooting and seriously wounding two American soldiers before fleeing across the border, a Kuwaiti official said.
The suspect, Khaled al-Shimmiri, was a patient at a Kuwaiti psychiatric hospital and fled after Thursday's attack, the Interior Ministry official said on the condition of anonymity. Mr. Shimmiri was expected to be sent back to Kuwait shortly.

Croats exonerated of war-crimes charges
ZAGREB, Croatia A Croatian judge exonerated eight former military officers suspected of torturing and killing ethnic Serbs in a wartime prison, but human rights activists said yesterday's decision was biased.
District prosecutors indicted the eight men earlier this year, accusing them of making random arrests and torturing and killing Serbs and Yugoslav army officers at the Lora military prison in 1992.

Korean slave remains found at Japanese site
TOKYO A Buddhist temple in northern Japan has what are believed to be the remains of more than 100 Korean slave laborers, a temple spokesman said yesterday, possibly one of the biggest graves of wartime forced laborers found in Japan.
The remains, found in three large steel crates buried at Nishihonganji Temple in Sapporo on the northernmost island of Hokkaido, match a registry of Korean forced laborers whose bodies were sent to the temple before and during World War II, temple spokesman Takayuki Hino said.

Tents distributed to quake victims
PESHAWAR, Pakistan Army helicopters delivered tents and blankets yesterday to thousands left homeless in near-freezing temperatures after a deadly earthquake rattled a remote region of northern Pakistan.
The pre-dawn quake Thursday hit the Gilgit region in the Himalayan foothills, killing at least 25 persons, including 14 children. Most of the homes in a five-village area were damaged or destroyed.

American soldier acquitted in Korea
SEOUL A U.S. military court cleared a U.S. soldier of negligent homicide yesterday in connection with an accident that killed two South Korean girls, two days after a colleague was acquitted of the same charge, the Yonhap News Agency said.
Sgt. Mark Walker, the driver of an armored vehicle that crushed two 13-year-old schoolgirls who were walking on a road near a U.S. Army base in June, was found not guilty, the report said.

British firefighters strike over wages
LONDON Firefighters across Britain began an eight-day strike yesterday after their union accused the government of wrecking a last-minute pay deal.
Firefighters stopped working for 48 hours last week. They are seeking a 40 percent pay increase.

Michael Jackson is off the hook
BERLIN German police said yesterday they would not begin a formal investigation into whether Michael Jackson committed a crime by dangling his baby from a hotel window before hundreds of startled fans earlier this week. Berlin police said they got several complaints about the incident.


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