- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 7, 2003

SERBIA-MONTENEGRO

U.S. peacekeeper found shot dead

PRISTINA — A U.S. peacekeeper was found dead with a gunshot wound in eastern Kosovo, the U.S. Army said yesterday.

The soldier, identified as Sgt. Daryl Brooks, 43, was found in a concrete bunker inside the U.S. military base Camp Monteith on Thursday, said Sgt. William Houk, a U.S. military spokesman.

Sgt. Brooks was found by a soldier from the same unit, the Army said in a statement. No further details were available, but the statement said “the incident is under investigation.”

VENEZUELA

Chavez supporters attack bastion

CARACAS — Tens of thousands of supporters of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez marched yesterday in Caracas, storming into a square seen as an opposition sanctuary and attacking an anti-Chavez mayor.

Local police stood by helplessly as the pro-Chavez mob, yelling “Hey, hey, Chavez’s here to stay” surged into Altamira Square in east Caracas, a bastion of hard-line opposition to the populist president who faces a possible referendum on his five-year rule.

Hurling firecrackers and shouting “the squares belong to the people and not to the oligarchy,” Chavez supporters mobbed the local district mayor, Leopoldo Lopez, pelting him with stones, sticks and garbage. He was hustled away by bodyguards.

SUDAN

Final peace pactto be signed

CAIRO — Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail said here yesterday that a final peace deal between Khartoum and southern rebels who have waged Africa’s longest-running civil war will be signed by the end of the month.

The peace agreement between the government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) rebels “will be signed at the end of the current year,” Mr. Ismail told reporters as he arrived in the evening in Cairo.

ARGENTINA

Information sought on British warships

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina said yesterday it wants a fuller disclosure from the British government following London’s admission that British warships had carried nuclear arms during the brief 1982 war between the two countries over a South Atlantic island chain.

Argentina said it was “very troubled” by the fact that Britain had deployed nuclear arms with its navy during the conflict over the Malvinas Islands, which Britain recognizes as the Falkland Islands.

SAUDI ARABIA

U.S. upgrades warning to embassy staff

RIYADH — The United States upgraded its security warning for Saudi Arabia yesterday, ordering its embassy staff not to leave their heavily guarded diplomatic quarters except for essential duties.

The new restrictions came days after the U.S. Embassy warned that a residential compound for foreign workers could be targeted by a terror attack. A U.S. diplomat in Riyadh declined to say if the upgrade was in response to a specific terrorist threat.

BRITAIN

Three killed as plane crashes

LONDON — A prominent French businessman and his wife were among three people killed yesterday after their light aircraft crashed in central England, a source close to his family said.

Paul-Louis Halley, 69, one of the principal shareholders in the French supermarket giant Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, who was also co-founder of the Promodes fashion group, was killed along with his wife, Annick, 63, said the source.


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