- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2003

NORWAY
Mullah expelled as terror threat
OSLO Norway yesterday expelled the suspected leader of an Iraqi Kurdish Islamist extremist group that the United States accuses of links to al Qaeda, saying he represented a threat to Norway's national security.
Mullah Krekar, 46, whose real name is believed to be Fateh Najmeddin Faraj, has enjoyed political refugee status in Norway since moving to Oslo in 1991.
He is believed to be the leader of Ansar al-Islam, the al Qaeda-linked group holed up in northern Iraq.

CANADA
Concorde makes emergency landing
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia An Air France Concorde carrying 56 persons to New York from Paris landed safely in Halifax, Nova Scotia, yesterday after one of the supersonic aircraft's engines malfunctioned.
Air France said in a statement from Paris that Flight AF002 had 47 passengers and nine crew on board. It was en route to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport when it first reported a malfunction in one of its four engines.

VENEZUELA
Anti-Chavez soldiers found executed
CARACAS The bodies of three soldiers who had called for "civic disobedience" against President Hugo Chavez's government have been found with their hands tied and faces wrapped with tape, forensic police said.
No arrests had been made and authorities were still trying to determine a motive behind the killings of the three soldiers, Erwin Arguello, Angel Salas and Felix Pinto. Dissident officers supported a nationwide strike called Dec. 2 to demand Mr. Chavez's resignation or early elections.


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