- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Federation buried; new union declared
BELGRADE Yugoslavia officially buried what remained of the bloodied federation yesterday after a decade of Balkan wars and formed a loose union of "Serbia and Montenegro" to take its place.
The federal assembly cleared the final hurdle for establishing the Western-brokered union by passing its founding charter with an absolute majority in both houses, consigning the name Yugoslavia to history after almost 75 years.
Serbia and much smaller Montenegro were the only republics that remained in Yugoslavia after the old six-member socialist federation collapsed violently during the rule of Slobodan Milosevic in the 1990s.

Chavez celebrates '92 coup anniversary
CARACAS President Hugo Chavez yesterday celebrated the anniversary of a 1992 coup attempt that began his political career as millions returned to work at the end of a 66-day-old strike that failed to force his ouster.
About 20 Chavez supporters briefly attacked the offices of Caracas' opposition mayor with gunfire, rocks and slingshots after a ceremony marking the Feb. 4, 1992, coup bid against President Carlos Andres Perez.

Rebels advance close to capital
MONROVIA Rebels advanced to within striking distance of anarchic Liberia's capital yesterday in fierce battles against President Charles Taylor's troops, security sources said.
It was as near as the rebels have come to Monrovia since they started their war in 2000 to oust Mr. Taylor, a former warlord whose road to power led via a 7-year struggle that left 200,000 dead in the West African country in the 1990s.
Mr. Taylor was out of the country at a meeting of the African Union in Ethiopia when rebels of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy hit Cheesmanburg the sources said.

Radical cleric removed after Columbia remark
LONDON Britain's most high-profile radical Muslim cleric, who applauded the September 11 attacks and last week's space shuttle crash, has been removed as head of the mosque where he preached.
Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, who has one eye missing and a hook in the place of his right hand, said he would ignore the ruling by Britain's charity commissioner.

Top guerrilla suspect held
ATHENS Greek police yesterday arrested and charged a man they suspect of being the leader of one of the country's biggest and most active guerrilla groups, which has carried out attacks on U.S. and other targets.
The suspect, an architect, is believed to be one of the heads of the Popular Revolutionary Struggle, or ELA, which has claimed hundreds of bombings in 28 years.
Police said Christos Tsigaridas, 64, arrested outside his central Athens home, had admitted he had been a member of ELA.

Troops to guard U.S. planes at airport
DUBLIN Ireland yesterday prepared to send armed troops to protect U.S. military aircraft using Shannon International Airport as a stopover after peace protesters caused more than $500,000 in damage to a U.S. Navy plane in two separate attacks, the most recent being earlier this week. The Irish government said it was sending 120 troops to Shannon, in the southwest of traditionally neutral Ireland, to back up police security.

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