- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2003

MALTA
Voters give approval for membership in EU
VALLETTA Malta has voted "yes" to joining the European Union, the island's prime minister announced after a referendum.
European Commission President Romano Prodi hailed the result as "a choice for stability and growth, as well as for the peaceful reunification of Europe and the European people."
Maltese Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami told a news conference that 53 percent of the votes were yes and 45 percent no.
Malta, a former British colony of barely 400,000 people will become the smallest member of the European Union.

PAKISTAN
Informant motivated by $25 million reward
NEW YORK An Egyptian Islamist turned in the man believed to be al Qaeda's No. 3, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, for a $25 million reward, Newsweek magazine reports in this week's edition.
Mohammed, accused of masterminding the September 11 attacks, was arrested March 1 outside of Islamabad, Pakistan, on a tip from the Egyptian, who had been arrested in a previous raid of an al Qaeda safehouse, the magazine says.
The Egyptian offered to finger Mohammed for the reward plus an extra $2 million to relocate his family in Britain.

MEXICO
Violent protests disrupt key election
SAN SALVADOR ATENCO Protesters wearing ski masks and waving machetes demolished voting booths and fought with authorities yesterday during municipal elections in Mexico's largest state.
More than 8 million voters were choosing 124 mayors and 45 lawmakers in the state that borders Mexico City. The vote comes four months before congressional elections that could determine the success of President Vicente Fox's administration, which has struggled during its first three years against hostile lawmakers.
Violence broke out yesterday in San Salvador Atenco 15 miles northeast of Mexico City, where attackers managed to destroy all three voting booths.
Analysts predicted a tight race between the Institutional Revolutionary Party and Mr. Fox's National Action Party.

UKRAINE
Anti-Kuchma protest is largest since 1991
KIEV Tens of thousands of Ukrainians braved bitter cold yesterday to demand that President Leonid Kuchma resign in the largest protests since the country gained independence in 1991.
Columns of protesters down Kiev's main boulevard to a rally marking the second anniversary of violent demonstrations against Mr. Kuchma.
The critics accuse the president of endemic corruption, abuse of office, arms dealing and vote rigging, and many say he has smothered democracy and impoverished the former Soviet republic.

ALBANIA
Nation offers troops for war on Iraq
TIRANA Albania said yesterday that it would send troops to join any U.S.-led attack on Iraq, a largely symbolic gesture that underlines Tirana's gratitude to Washington for intervening in the 1999 Kosovo crisis.
Prime Minister Fatos Nano said the Cabinet decided at an emergency session to contribute commandos and allow Albanian territory and airspace to be used for a war on Iraq expected to begin in the coming days.
"Our military troops, though small in number, have made a respected name for themselves in peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan," Mr. Nano said.

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