- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Guantanamo Afghans may go home
KABUL, Afghanistan The United States handed over to Afghan authorities three Afghan citizens who were held at the U.S. military's prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said yesterday.
The three Afghans arrived Sunday at Bagram air base, the U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan, and were transferred to the custody of Afghan officials there in the presence of ICRC delegates, said spokeswoman Caroline Douilliez.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Alberto Fernandez confirmed the transfer but gave no other details. Afghanistan's state-run television said the three were Taliban fighters.

Suspect's arrest sparks protest in Greece
ATHENS Police clashed with protesters Sunday after the arrest of a labor activist accused of being a member of Greece's November 17 terrorist group.
Yiannis Serifis, 63, is the 18th suspect taken into custody since a summer crackdown against the far-left group that has killed 23 persons and carried out scores of bombings and rocket attacks.
Riot police clashed with about 50 supporters of Mr. Serifis, a radical labor activist, outside the court where he was giving testimony to a public prosecutor regarding the charges against him.

Europe cleans up after windstorm
BERLIN Europe cleaned up in battered towns yesterday after deadly storms and gale-force winds during the weekend swept across the continent, killing more than 30 people, including 10 in Germany.
Violent gusts up to 110 mph left a trail of scattered trees, smashed cars and damaged buildings from Poland to Britain.
Roads were slowly being cleared, but officials said flights were canceled in several major European airports, including London Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and Amsterdam's Schiphol hub. In Amsterdam, the roof of the central train station collapsed under the force of the storm.

Bhutto against support of Musharraf
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto urged the United States yesterday to dump her country's military ruler and support democratic forces instead.
Mrs. Bhutto, who was scheduled to meet senior U.S. officials yesterday, visited Washington hoping to persuade the Bush administration not to support President Pervez Musharraf, who came to power in October 1999 after toppling an elected government.
Initially, Mr. Musharraf was treated as an international pariah for his actions, but his fortunes changed after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States when he abandoned his Taliban allies in Afghanistan and joined the U.S.-led war against terrorism. He has emerged as a key U.S. ally in the region.

West must fear extremists, official says
OTTAWA The bomb attack that killed about 190 people in a Bali nightclub shows that no one in the West is safe from extremists who have perverted Islam, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said yesterday.
About 90 Australians died in the Oct. 12 attack, which was blamed on militant Islamic groups.
Mr. Downer, speaking after a meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham in Ottawa, said those who had carried out the attack wanted to "drive so-called Western influence out of the Islamic world" and set up fundamentalist regimes.

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