- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 3, 2002

German sees risk of al Qaeda attacks
MECKENHEIM, Germany Radical Islamist allies of al Qaeda may try to use the anniversary of the September 11 suicide hijackings to stage attacks, Germany's top investigator of the World Trade Center plot said yesterday.
"We believe that both al Qaeda and nonaligned groups are involved in planning such attacks, although we have no firm evidence of anything specific planned for September 11," Manfred Klink said.
"We will be on alert on this day, as others on the same wavelength as al Qaeda, without necessarily being members, may find September 11 a good opportunity to strike."

Korean asylum-seekers seized in Beijing
BEIJING Police dragged about a dozen desperate North Korean asylum-seekers from a compound housing the Ecuadorean Embassy yesterday, witnesses said.
"They were all dragged out, one by one. Some were dragged out kicking and screaming, and some were taken out silently," said one witness, a Western journalist.
Several men and women were caught after rushing past the gates of a residential compound, while others were caught after scaling a fence surrounding the compound, he said.

Serbian report denies massacre at Srebrenica
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina A new Bosnian Serb government report has denied that a massacre took place at Srebrenica in 1995.
The paper, prepared by a government committee, concludes that 2,000 Muslim soldiers died, mostly in fighting, when Serbian troops overran a U.N. "safe area" in eastern Bosnia, an independent Serbian television station reported.
The Muslim-led Bosnian government puts the number killed in Srebrenica at 7,942. The Red Cross and the United Nations say many of the dead were boys and old men.

More than 150 dead in South Korean storm
KANGNUNG, South Korea South Korea said yesterday that more than 150 people were dead or missing after the worst typhoon in more than 40 years battered wide areas of the country over the weekend.
Typhoon Rusa also killed scores of people in North Korea and left many missing or injured, the North's official KCNA news agency said.
Troops joined the search for survivors in South Korea after the storm triggered landslides and flooded coastal areas, devastating thousands of homes and cutting off power and water supplies.

Dutch hold 7 suspects linked to al Qaeda
AMSTERDAM Dutch authorities said yesterday that they had arrested seven men suspected of recruiting for the al Qaeda guerrilla network of Osama bin Laden.
"We think they are providing financial and logistical support to al Qaeda and also recruiting young male persons" for holy war, said national prosecutors' office spokesman Wim de Bruin. "We are convinced that this network was preparing young people to be sent out to fight as jihad warriors."
Twelve suspects were arrested Friday, and eight were brought before a judge yesterday. One of the eight was freed. The remaining seven are accused of using false passports and aliases.

Schroeder and Chirac to meet Saturday
BERLIN German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will hold a regular meeting with French President Jacques Chirac on Saturday, the government said yesterday.
The two countries are at odds over reforming the 15-nation European Union's farming policies. Germany wants to speed up reforms, while France a top beneficiary of generous farming subsidies wants to maintain the status quo.
On Iraq, Germany has been the most outspoken EU government in objecting to any U.S. military action. The tough line appears to have given Mr. Schroeder's Social Democrats a boost ahead of a general election this month.

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