- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 6, 2002

3 Egyptians held in plot on Anzio cemetery

ROME Police have arrested three Egyptians in a port town near Rome and are investigating whether they were planning an attack on an American military cemetery, authorities said yesterday.
Explosives and a map of the cemetery were found in the men's apartment in Anzio, about 35 miles south of Rome, after Italian police conducted a raid early Friday.
Security at the Nettuno cemetery, which draws tourists and relatives of the U.S. military personnel from World War II buried there, was stepped up after the September 11 attacks.

Germany raids Islamic group
BERLIN German authorities searched properties in three towns yesterday in an investigation of a group of suspected Islamic militants believed to be planning attacks in Germany, the federal prosecutor's office said.
Prosecutors said five persons, most of them in the eastern city of Cottbus, were believed to have formed a group "with the aim of committing attacks to defend and spread Islamic values."
They gave no information on the identity and background of the people involved, who are suspected of membership in a terrorist organization, saying only that the group was based in Cottbus.

Center-right parties winning Latvia vote
RIGA, Latvia A television exit poll gave Latvia's center-right parties a general election victory yesterday as the former Soviet state prepares to enter NATO and the European Union to crown its "return to Europe."
Former central banker Einars Repse's liberal newcomer New Era party got 22.4 percent support, followed by the conservative People's Party with 14.5 percent. Prime Minister Andris Berzins' Latvia's Way came out as a big loser with 4 percent support, below the 5 percent threshold for entry to parliament.
Latvia, along with Baltic neighbors Estonia and Lithuania, expect to join the European Union in 2004 and to get an invitation to enter NATO at a Prague summit next month.

German official likens Bush to Brezhnev

BERLIN A junior German Foreign Ministry official has described the security policies of President Bush as similar to those of the late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, according to an article to be published tomorrow.
In remarks carried by the weekly Der Spiegel, the official, Klaus Scharioth, said Mr. Bush's policy recalled Brezhnev's remarks in 1968 when the Kremlin sought to justify dispatching troops to put down the Prague Spring communist reform movement and that it was a "threat to world peace."
The disclosure comes at a time that relations between Berlin and Washington are gradually on the mend over differences on Iraq policy. Last month, German Justice Minister Herta Daubler-Gmelin denied a report that she compared Mr. Bush to Adolf Hitler.

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army fire
NABLUS, West Bank Israeli troops killed a Palestinian youth yesterday during clashes in the West Bank's most populous city, the fifth such death in two weeks.
Amer Hashem, 15, was killed when soldiers fired in self defense after they were attacked with stones. Later, masked men firing rifles carried his still-bloody body on an angry funeral procession through the Al Ein refugee camp bordering Nablus.
In Washington, a Bush administration official said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet with President Bush on Oct. 16.

Georgia to extradite Chechens, Russia says
MOSCOW Russia's deputy general prosecutor said yesterday that Georgia had promised to extradite eight more suspected Chechen rebels arrested in a crackdown earlier this year.
Georgia, which has been accused by the Kremlin of not dealing with Chechen rebels that Russia says are sheltering on Georgian territory, extradited Friday five suspected rebels also arrested during the two-month crackdown.

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