- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2003

KUWAIT
Terror suspects held on suspicion of plot
KUWAIT CITY Three Kuwaitis have been detained on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in Kuwait, according to a statement released by the Interior Ministry yesterday.
It said the men are suspected of planning terrorist attacks on American forces based in Kuwait in anticipation of a U.S.-led attack on neighboring Iraq.

IRAQ
U.S. general calls plans bigger than Saddam
LONDON The commander of the U.S. military forces massing on the border of Iraq said yesterday that his job is to disarm the country, not to capture or kill iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
"It's crystal clear to me that my mission has to do with disarmament of the regime," said Gen. Tommy Franks in an interview with the Associated Press.
As head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Franks is the military officer who would run a war against Iraq.
He did not suggest that Saddam would escape a final accounting, but indicated the war plan is focused more broadly.

COLOMBIA
FARC calls Americans 'prisoners of war'
BOGOTA Colombian rebels declared yesterday that three kidnapped Americans are "prisoners of war" and said the men, whom the United States has described as Defense Department contractors, would be released only as part of a prisoner exchange with the Colombian government.
FARC, as the rebel group in known by its Spanish acronym, captured the three Americans Feb. 13 after their light U.S. government plane crash-landed in the southern Colombian jungle during what Colombian officials said was an intelligence mission. The army said the rebels killed execution-style an American and a Colombian soldier crew member and took away the other three U.S. citizens.

BRITAIN
Kidnapping suspects denied bail
LONDON Five men accused of conspiring to kidnap former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham appeared in court yesterday, and a judge ordered them held without bail.
The men, four Romanians and one Kosovar-Albanian, spoke only to identify themselves. Lawyers at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court in London said the trial, expected to start later this year, could last as long as three months.

ZAMBIA
Former president accused of stealing
LUSAKA Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba was arrested and charged yesterday with stealing from the government while in office, officials said.
Mr. Chiluba was charged at Lusaka Magistrates Court with 59 counts of theft by a public servant. Mr. Chiluba was released on $300,000 bail and ordered to reappear in court Monday.

HUNGARY
Parliament approves U.S. troop passage
BUDAPEST Hungary's parliament voted yesterday to grant a U.S. request to move troops and freight across the country to help defend Turkey in the event of war on Iraq, officials said.
Three hundred thirty-five lawmakers voted for granting the request, and just three voted against it.

AFGHANISTAN
Minister dies in plane crash
KARACHI, Pakistan Afghanistan's minister of mines and industry died along with seven other persons yesterday when their plane crashed in the Arabian Sea shortly after takeoff from the southern Pakistan port city of Karachi.
Juma Mohammed Mohammedi a member of the vast Afghan diaspora who returned home to help rebuild his country after the fall of the Taliban was on his way to inspect a copper mine in northwestern Pakistan when the Cessna 402 crashed.


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