- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

2 al Qaeda suspects freed in Spain
MADRID Two al Qaeda suspects purported to have made videos of U.S. landmarks and given the tapes to leaders preparing for the September 11 attacks have been freed on bail, officials said yesterday.
One of the men, Ghasoub Al-Abrash Ghalyoun, was suspected of recording the landmarks, while the other, Mohamen Khair al-Saqq, purportedly passed the videotapes to leaders of al Qaeda. Both were born in Syria.
The men posted the $146,550 bail on Monday hours after it was set, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions reported. A third suspect, Abdalrahman Alarnaot Abu-Aljer, remained in custody.
Police have said Ghalyoun went to the United States in 1997 and made at least five videotapes of the Golden Gate bridge, the Sears Tower, the World Trade Center and other famous sites. The videos reveal too much detail to have been meant as souvenirs, police say.

Kuchma agrees to probe arms sales to Iraq
KIEV Ukraine's president yesterday met opposition leaders demanding his ouster, agreeing only to have parliament investigate U.S. charges that he approved the transfer of illicit military technology to Iraq.
President Leonid Kuchma temporarily defused an escalating political standoff by meeting lawmakers from the four main opposition parties who occupied part of his administration building on Tuesday and began a hunger strike. But he refused their written demand to step down or call elections, despite a rally by more than 5,000 people seeking to unseat him.
The State Department said Tuesday that it had authentic audiotapes provided by a former Ukrainian security official indicating that Mr. Kuchma personally approved the transfer of a Kolchuha radar system to Iraq in violation of U.N. sanctions.

German parties begin coalition talks
BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats and their Green party allies opened talks on forming a new government yesterday after clinging to power in election on Sunday, with the Greens seen as pushing for fuel-tax increases at a time of weak growth.
The Greens, who helped keep Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in power, have said they hope to translate their best general election result into more environmentally friendly government policies but are set to battle Mr. Schroeder's center-leftists.
The meeting yesterday was an agenda-setting exercise before substantive talks begin Monday, with the budget as the first topic.

Subway strike stalls commuters in London
LONDON A 24-hour subway strike the second in two months made a mess of Londoners' commutes, snarling traffic and leaving millions of people stranded.
Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers and the train drivers union ASLEF walked out at 8 p.m. Tuesday and stayed off the job until the same time yesterday. Train service was not expected to return to normal until this morning.
The workers want a pay raise, and have rejected London Underground's offer of a 3 percent increase.

Strong earthquake rattles Mexico
MEXICO CITY An earthquake shook Mexico's Pacific coast yesterday and was felt in the country's capital but no injuries or damage was reported, authorities said.
The 5.3-magnitude quake was centered off the coast of Guerrero, home to the resort of Acapulco, and struck at 1:14 p.m., the National Seismological System said.
It was felt "very strongly" in Acapulco and nearby Coyuca de Benitez, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, a federal spokeswoman said.
In Mexico City, home to 18 million people, residents were evacuated from a small number of tall buildings as a precaution after the quake.


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