- The Washington Times - Friday, January 10, 2003

AFGHANISTAN
4 Taliban fighters killed in gunbattle
KANDAHAR At least four suspected members of the deposed Taliban militia were killed and two others captured after a gunbattle in southeastern Afghanistan with soldiers from the nation's new army, a government official said yesterday.
The soldiers confronted about 60 fighters during a routine patrol on Monday in the area of Balai Zhar, about 75 miles southeast of Kandahar, said Khalid Pashtoon, a top government spokesman in Kandahar.

GREECE
November 17 suspect arrested by police
ATHENS Greek police arrested a man suspected of being a member of the November 17 guerrilla group yesterday, less than two months before 18 other suspects are due to go on trial.
Six months ago, one of the largest manhunts in Greece led to the capture of what police believe is the core of November 17, which has remained at large for more than 25 years and poses a serious security threat ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics.
The group has killed 23 persons, among them British, U.S. and Turkish diplomats, as well as Greek industrialists and politicians.

IVORY COAST
@Brief.head:Rebels claim attack by government forces
ABIDJAN Ivory Coast's western rebels said government helicopter gunships attacked their positions yesterday, killing 15 fighters, a day after the insurgents accepted to a truce and agreed to join peace talks in Paris next week.
France condemned the assault, which the rebels said took place yesterday morning around the small western town of Grabo, about 94 miles from the key cocoa port of San Pedro.

PERU
Plane carrying 42 vanishes over jungle
LIMA Air-traffic controllers lost contact with a Trans-Peru plane carrying 42 passengers plus four crew members yesterday as it approached a small mountain airport in a northern Peruvian jungle area visited by tourists, the company said. A search was being mounted for the plane, which was traveling from the coastal city of Chiclayo to Chachapoyas, some 390 miles north of Lima. Chachapoyas is often visited by tourists traveling to Kuelap, a mountain citadel predating the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

COLOMBIA
4 killed, 15 hurt in car bombing
BOGOTA A car-bomb explosion killed four persons and wounded at least 15 others yesterday in an eastern Colombian state where rebels have a strong presence, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but two Marxist rebel groups are active in the area.

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