- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 11, 2003

GERMANY
2 Yemenis arrested at U.S. request
FRANKFURT German authorities, acting on a U.S. request, arrested two Yemeni men yesterday on suspicion they belong to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization.
A German security official said federal and state police arrested the men at a hotel at the Frankfurt international airport.
One of them was identified as Mohammed Ali Hassan Sheik al Mujahed, in his mid-50s. He is suspected of being responsible for al Qaeda's logistics in Yemen, the official said.
The other man, Said Mohammed Mohsen, in his late 20s, was accompanying al Mujahed in his travels.

MEXICO
Fox appoints new foreign secretary
MEXICO CITY In the first Cabinet shuffle of his 2-year-old presidency, President Vicente Fox accepted the resignation of Foreign Secretary Jorge Castaneda yesterday and replaced him with Economy Secretary Ernesto Derbez.
Mr. Fox credited Mr. Castaneda with increasing Mexico's stature abroad and thanked him for his "commitment, loyalty and professionalism." He invited Fernando Canales, governor of northern Nuevo Leon state, to take Mr. Derbez's post as economy secretary.

IVORY COAST
Western rebels pull out of talks
ABIDJAN Rebels fighting in western Ivory Coast pulled out of French-brokered Paris peace talks yesterday, charging that loyalist forces and their mercenary fighters had attacked twice in two days despite a cease-fire agreement.
Rebel leader Guillaume Gbatto said the attacks by government forces and foreign allies occurred in the far west of the country near the Liberian border.
The western rebels who call themselves the Ivorian Popular Movement of the Greater West, or MPIGO also said they had been betrayed by France, which this week won promises from all sides in the nearly 4-month-old conflict to suspend hostilities and participate in the Paris talks next week.
The rebel pullout came just a day before insurgents were to sign a formal cease-fire as a prelude to the Paris talks.

FRANCE
Bag handler cleared in weapons case
PARIS A baggage handler arrested after police found a stash of weapons and explosives in his car at Paris' main international airport was cleared of wrongdoing yesterday and released.
Abderazak Besseghir, a 27-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin, was arrested Dec. 28 after he was purportedly seen handling a gun in a parking lot at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he worked.

NORTHERN IRELAND
'Mad Dog' Adair returned to prison
BELFAST Northern Ireland's most notorious Protestant militant, Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, was returned to prison yesterday after the government accused him of being a danger to others.
Adair, a former commander of the Ulster Defense Association, Northern Ireland's largest illegal paramilitary group, was sent back to Maghaberry prison in County Antrim after police arrested him at his west Belfast home. He had been out on parole since May.

RUSSIA
St. Petersburg landmark on fire
ST. PETERSBURG Fire broke out late yesterday in St. Petersburg's Admiralty building, the sprawling, spired building that is one of the city's main landmarks.
About 15 fire brigades labored in temperatures of minus-13 degrees Fahrenheit to extinguish the blaze, which burned in about 1,000 square feet of the building.
The Admiralty dates from the early 18th century, when Czar Peter the Great ordered shipbuilding operations for the nascent Russian navy moved to the city he was constructing as Russia's window to the west.

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