- The Washington Times - Monday, October 14, 2002

India to reconsider border troop deployment
NEW DELHI Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani said yesterday that India will decide soon whether to withdraw troops posted along its border with Pakistan.
At a news conference, he said the issue would be addressed at a National Security Advisory Council meeting this week.
India and Pakistan since December have deployed more than 1 million soldiers along the border.

Turkey sees war risk if Kurds are encouraged
ANKARA, Turkey Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said apparent moves by Iraqi Kurds to form an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq were dragging Turkey into a war.
In comments published in Milliyet newspaper yesterday, Mr. Ecevit accused the United States of "directing" Iraqi Kurds toward independence after Kurds reviewed a draft constitution for northern Iraq should Saddam Hussein be overthrown.
Turkey fears that if Kurds who run an autonomous zone in northern Iraq use a U.S. military strike to create an independent state, Kurdish rebels would renew their 15-year war for autonomy.

Apology is welcomed for Muhammad slur
CAIRO Officials from Muslim countries welcomed yesterday an apology from conservative preacher Jerry Falwell for calling the Prophet Muhammad a "terrorist."
Mr. Falwell had angered Muslims with his comments, triggering Hindu-Muslim clashes in India that left at least nine persons dead. But Saturday he said he meant no disrespect to "any sincere, law-abiding Muslim."
Mr. Falwell's apology came after Iranian and British officials condemned the remarks, which came last week in an interview on the CBS news show "60 Minutes."

Polls favor yes vote in Irish EU referendum
DUBLIN Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said yesterday he was hopeful for a yes vote in next week's crucial Irish referendum on European Union enlargement after favorable poll results, but warned against complacency.
An earlier opinion poll showed surging support for a yes vote in the referendum to decide the fate of the Nice treaty, designed to permit 12 new member states to enter the 15-nation bloc.
The poll of 1,101 adults in Ireland's Sunday Independent newspaper found that 41 percent would vote yes, 27 percent no, 24 percent were undecided and 8 percent planned not to vote.

Kuwait, U.S. to probe Marine-death confusion
KUWAIT CITY Kuwait and the United States began a joint inquiry yesterday to determine how cooperation between them collapsed after a U.S. Marine was killed in an attack.
An FBI team arrived in Kuwait yesterday to join the inquiry, a U.S. Embassy source said.
Interior Minister Sheik Mohammad Khaled al-Sabah told a news conference in Kuwait on Saturday that confusion reigned for hours after the attack on Tuesday.
One Marine was killed and another wounded in the attack during training. Marines killed the two attackers and immediately arrested 31 persons in the area.From wire dispatches and staff reports

Chavez backers answer anti-government march
CARACAS, Venezuela At least 1 million supporters of President Hugo Chavez marched yesterday, six months after a coup temporarily ousted him and after calls last week for his resignation.
The pro-Chavez march, which the president attended, came three days after a demonstration in Caracas where an estimated 1.2 million to 2 million people urged Mr. Chavez's resignation.
Mr. Chavez estimated that 2 million people marched yesterday. Critics disagreed but acknowledged it drew more people than Thursday's event.


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