- The Washington Times - Friday, July 18, 2003


Top U.S. generals visit to mend ties

ANKARA — Two top-ranking U.S. generals, one of them the new head of the command responsible for operations in Iraq, met with military leaders in Ankara yesterday in a bid to mend ties frayed over the recent U.S. arrest of Turkish soldiers, officials said.

Gen. James Jones, the supreme commander of allied forces in Europe, whose region includes Turkey, met briefly in the morning with the Turkish commander in chief, Gen. Hilmi Ozkok.

Gen. John Abizaid, the new head of the U.S. Central Command, was due to meet top Foreign Ministry and military officers later in the day.

The visits come in the wake of a row between Turkey and the United States over the arrests by U.S. troops in northern Iraq of 11 Turkish soldiers earlier this month. The soldiers were freed after 48 hours.


Father of baby slain by Palestinian arrested

JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces have arrested two Jewish settlers, including the father of a baby shot dead by a Palestinian sniper, Israeli media and a spokesman for settlers said yesterday.

Israel radio said Yitzhak Pass and his brother-in-law, Matityahu Shabu, were arrested on suspicion of “security crimes,” but had not yet been charged. It said a court order barred reporting further details

Mr. Pass’ 10-month-old daughter, Shalhevet, was shot dead in March 2001 in the tense West Bank city of Hebron.


Parts of bases to be returned

TOKYO — The United States has agreed to return to Japan four parcels of land used by the U.S. Navy in Yokohama — among the largest transfer of its kind in decades, officials said yesterday.

The parcels, totaling 618 acres, include housing, warehouses and two communication facilities mostly in residential areas in the city southwest of Tokyo.

In return, the Japanese government agreed to replace some buildings in use since the 1940s and build housing for 800 service members and their families to help ease a shortage, said Masaru Muraoka, a spokesman for Japan’s National Defense Facilities Administration.


Coup leaders agree to open talks

SAO TOME — The leader of a military coup in this tiny West African nation said yesterday that he has agreed to open talks with foreign envoys on ending the crisis in the oil-rich country.

Maj. Fernando Pereira, who heads a three-man junta installed after Wednesday’s bloodless coup, asked the United States, Nigeria and a delegation from Portuguese-speaking countries “to find a solution to the crisis.”

Sao Tome, a former Portuguese colony of about 140,000 people, lies in the Gulf of Guinea, a region of growing importance as a source of oil.


Missing tourists in Mali, report says

BERLIN — Fifteen European tourists missing for months in Algeria’s Sahara Desert have been taken to neighboring Mali by their kidnappers, German public television ZDF said yesterday.

The 10 Germans, four Swiss and a Dutchman went missing between February and March while trekking in southern Algeria.

No group has claimed to have kidnapped the tourists, but suspicion has focused on the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat.


Television reporter gunned down in Moscow

MOSCOW — A Russian television journalist who was once held by rebels in Russia’s troubled Chechnya region was gunned down in Moscow yesterday, Interfax news agency reported.

It said an unidentified man fired two shots at Alikhan Guliyev, who worked for Russia’s TVTs channel, as the reporter was entering his apartment in northern Moscow.

Interfax said Mr. Guliyev specialized in news coverage from the Northern Caucasus region, where Russian forces have been battling rebels in mainly Muslim Chechnya.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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