- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 3, 2002

Catholic youth 'crucified' in Belfast neighborhood
BELFAST A Catholic youth was hospitalized after being attacked and nailed to a fence post by a group of youths in a mostly Protestant suburb of Belfast, police said yesterday.
Harry McCartan, 23, was found nearly unconscious by paramedics overnight with his hands nailed to a wooden fence in Dunmurry, southern Belfast.
He also suffered severe injuries to his hands and legs when he was struck repeatedly with a baseball bat spiked with nails, before being nailed to a fence by his hands.
Police believe Mr. McCartan, who lives several miles away in the Catholic district of Poleglass, was attacked by the youths after he tried to steal a car.

U.S. jets to guard Prague for NATO summit
PRAGUE The United States has agreed to deploy its fighters to help guard Czech air space during the forthcoming summit of the NATO alliance there, the U.S. Embassy in Prague said yesterday.
The Nov. 21 and 22 summit of NATO, the Western military alliance, in the Czech capital will be its first full meeting since the September 11 attacks.
The Czech Republic is preparing for the biggest security operation in its history to ensure safety of the summit participants, who will include President Bush and dozens of other heads of states.
The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999, along with Hungary and Poland in NATO's first post-Cold War enlargement.
As many as seven other former communist East European states are expected to receive invitations to become members of the 19-member bloc when NATO leaders meet in Prague next month.

5 held; plot to kidnap 'Posh Spice' foiled
LONDON A plot to kidnap Victoria Beckham, the pop star wife of England's soccer captain, David Beckham, has been foiled after the arrest of five persons, police sources said yesterday.
Scotland Yard said officers had arrested four men and one woman in a theft and conspiracy to kidnap. The arrests were made after information was passed to police by the tabloid newspaper News of the World.
Victoria shot to superstardom in the 1990s as part of the Spice Girls. The band has sold about 40 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide. This year she has been seeking to salvage her flagging solo career with a new single, "A Mind of its Own."

Weekly notes
The leader of the far-right Freedom Party in Austria's ruling coalition announced last week that he was stepping down for health reasons, leaving his party facing a rout in Nov. 24 elections. Thursday's resignation of Mathias Reichhold, 45, who had been hospitalized for a week with heart problems, paves the way for far-right strongman Joerg Haider to make his return. A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe visited Georgia's remote Pankisi Gorge last week. Under heavy Georgian security, the European officials spoke with Chechens who had fled their war-torn homeland to the gorge and who greeted the delegation with an anti-Russian rally.

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