- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 28, 2003

CZECH REPUBLIC
Authorities on alert for terrorist commandos
PRAGUE Czech authorities are on alert after reports of the possible infiltration of Afghan terrorist commandos into the country.
"We are examining information from security services," police chief Jiri Kolar told reporters, adding that a crisis command center had been set up because of the reports.

EGYPT
Effort to halt attacks on Israel falls apart
CAIRO An Egyptian effort to halt Palestinian attacks on Israelis for a year fell apart yesterday in a disagreement about where that cease-fire would be implemented, a delegate said.
Two militant Islamic groups, Islamic Jihad and Hamas, vowed "no freezing of resistance" unless Israel stopped all attacks against Palestinians and pulled out of Palestinian territory.

PAKISTAN
Gen. Franks discusses military cooperation
ISLAMABAD Gen. Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia, met yesterday with the president of Pakistan to discuss the Iraq situation, terrorism and other issues.
Gen. Franks and President Pervez Musharraf said in a statement they also discussed coordination between U.S. and Pakistani troops in Afghanistan.

NETHERLANDS
Blame shared for Bosnia massacre
THE HAGUE A long-awaited Dutch parliamentary probe into the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica blamed the United Nations and the Dutch government yesterday for errors in judgment that failed to prevent Europe's worst single atrocity since World War II.
In July 1995, more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered after Bosnian Serb forces led by Gen. Ratko Mladic overran Srebrenica, a U.N.-declared "safe area" manned by Dutch peacekeepers during the Bosnian war.

TURKEY
Earthquake kills one, injures many
TUNCELI A strong earthquake shook a mountainous area of eastern Turkey yesterday, damaging houses and killing at least one person, officials said. At least six persons were reported injured after jumping out of windows in panic.
A 65-year-old woman was killed after a barn collapsed in her village of Saglamtas, near Pulumur, officials said.

CHINA
Tibetan activist executed for bombing
BEIJING A Tibetan activist convicted of a series of bombings in southwestern China has been executed despite pleas from rights groups, a court official said yesterday.
Lobsang Dhondup, 28, was sentenced to death in December along with Tensin Deleg Rinpoche, a 52-year-old monk, whose sentence was reduced on an appeal to life in prison. Lobsang Dhondup did not appeal and was executed Sunday.

SLOVENIA
Poll: NATO's appeal fades due to Iraq
LJUBLJANA Public support in Slovenia for joining NATO slipped to 44 percent in January, from 50 percent in December, and could fall more if the United States attacks Iraq, Ljubljana's University Research Center said yesterday.
Slovenia is to hold a referendum on joining NATO on March 23. About 17 percent are still undecided, according to the results of a poll of 1,000 respondents carried out by the center between Jan. 20 and 22.


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