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Venezuela begins probe of generals
CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela's military has begun an investigation into the role of 10 generals in the failed April coup against President Hugo Chavez, attorneys for the officers said yesterday.
The country's high court voted last month against allowing a trial of four military officers accused of rebellion in the coup. The decision sparked violent street protests by Chavez supporters.
Gustavo Parilli, an attorney for one of the generals, said the new military investigations were unconstitutional because they hadn't been authorized by the Supreme Court.
Under Venezuela's constitution, the Supreme Court must strip high-ranking officers of their immunity before the military can start a probe.

Japanese leader plans apology to N. Korea
TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi plans to apologize for Japan's 36-year colonization of the Korean peninsula when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-il this month, Kyodo news agency reported yesterday.
An apology and compensation for Japan's harsh rule between 1910 and 1945 have long been demanded by North Korea as a condition to move forward with long-stalled talks on establishing diplomatic relations.
Mr. Koizumi will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit North Korea when he travels to Pyongyang on Sept. 17, but he will not be the first to issue a statement of regret about Japan's colonial past. His statement would be similar to one made in 1995 by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, sources said.

Korean asylum seekers hole up in school
BEIJING Fifteen North Koreans jumped a wall at a German government compound yesterday and were holed up in a school amid a surge in asylum bids by people fleeing their impoverished, repressive homeland.
Also yesterday, a South Korean official said that at least 20 North Koreans were waiting in the South Korean Embassy in Beijing for Chinese permission to leave the country.
The entry into the German compound, on a busy street in eastern Beijing, came a day after a group of 12 North Koreans tried to use a ladder to climb into a diplomatic apartment complex.

Pakistani troops hunt for al Qaeda in village
PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistani troops have taken up positions near a village in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan in a search for six al Qaeda suspects thought to be hiding in the region, officials said yesterday.
Hundreds of soldiers were stationed near the village of Jani Kheil, about 106 miles southwest of Peshawar, where tribesmen were suspected of giving sanctuary to members of Osama bin Laden's militant group, a senior local official said.
An official said the standoff began Monday and local people had said five of the men were thought to be Saudis or Indonesians, but residents of Jani Kheil denied any were foreigners.

Pakistani prisoners to be returned home
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan More than 100 Pakistanis held in Afghanistan on suspicion of having fought for the Taliban will be released and sent to Pakistan today, the government news agency reported.
The report did not indicate whether the prisoners would be allowed to return to their homes or if they would be detained in Pakistan.
Twenty Afghans who have been jailed in Pakistan also will be sent to Kabul today, the Associated Press of Pakistan said.

Terrorist Abu Nidal given quiet Baghdad burial
BEIRUT Abu Nidal, the once-feared terrorist mastermind who died in Baghdad last month under mysterious circumstances, was given a quiet burial in the Iraqi capital, his organization said yesterday.
Iraqi intelligence handed over Abu Nidal's body Thursday to one of his relatives in Baghdad, the Fatah-Revolutionary Council said.
Abu Nidal, 65, whose real name was Sabri Banna, was buried the same day "in the presence of a handful of his family members, and the participation of an Iraqi intelligence officer to make sure he was buried," the group said.

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