- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 9, 2003

TURKEY
72 killed as jet crashes in fog
ISTANBUL A Turkish Airlines jet crashed in heavy fog last night as it tried to land at an airport in southeastern Turkey, killing 72 persons.
One of the five survivors told of falling from the plane after it split apart on impact and landing in a pile of hay. She said the haystack then caught fire, forcing her to run for safety.
The four-engine British Aerospace RJ 100 jet from Istanbul hit the ground 40 yards short of the runway in the military section of the dual-use airport at Diyarbakir, a largely Kurdish city 75 miles north of the Syrian border.

BRITAIN
Seventh suspect held in poison find
LONDON Police said yesterday they had arrested a seventh suspect, a 33-year-old man, after the discovery of the deadly toxin ricin in a north London apartment and said their partners may still be at large with more poison.
Investigators apprehended six men Sunday in north and east London and said materials seized at an apartment in the Wood Green neighborhood had tested positive for trace amounts of ricin, a virulent poison double the strength of cobra venom.
Police said the first six suspects were in their late teens, 20s and 30s and were of North African origin, but declined to confirm media reports that they are Algerian.

IVORY COAST
Western rebels agree to truce, talks
ABIDJAN Two holdout western rebel factions, under pressure from France, agreed yesterday to suspend hostilities and attend peace talks in Paris in a bid to end nearly four months of war in Ivory Coast.
French Ambassador Gildas le Lidec secured the agreement in a meeting with the rebels after some of the deadliest fighting yet between the insurgents and French forces in the former French colony.
The government led by President Laurent Gbagbo and the main rebel group, the Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast, have already agreed to a truce and will join Paris peace talks Jan. 15.

MEXICO
Foreign minister to step down
MEXICO CITY Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda, the main architect of closer ties to the United States, is resigning, government sources said yesterday.
They did not say why Mr. Castaneda was stepping down, but said President Vicente Fox would accept the resignation.
Mr. Castaneda, 49, a former Marxist college professor and author before Mr. Fox called him into his Cabinet two years ago, led the push for closer political and economic ties with Washington, but failed to win a sweeping reform of U.S. immigration policy, a central goal of the Fox administration.

ISRAEL
Troops kill gunman on Syrian border
JERUSALEM Israeli troops shot and killed a gunman who infiltrated from Syria yesterday, an unusual incident on a border that has been calm for decades.
Israeli soldiers exchanged fire with an armed man who crossed into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights from Syria, killing him and capturing a second infiltrator, who was unarmed, Israeli area commander Brig. Gen. Avi Mizrahi said. A third man fired from inside Syria, he said.
The last reported infiltration from Syria was in September 2001, when Israeli soldiers found a bag of weapons and explosives on the Israeli side of the border.

AFGHANISTAN
U.S. said to free ex-Taliban commander
KANDAHAR A former Taliban regional commander has been released from American detention, officials said yesterday.
Mullah Salam arrived home late Tuesday in southeastern Afghanistan's Zabul province, Zabul Gov. Hamidullah Khan said, speaking by telephone from the province's capital of Qalat. Zabul is located about 60 miles northeast of Kandahar on the highway to Kabul, the national capital.

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