- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2003

ARGENTINA

Duhalde to pardon mutiny leaders

BUENOS AIRES — Outgoing Argentine President Eduardo Duhalde plans to pardon two men convicted of leading armed uprisings against the government in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In a television interview late Monday, Mr. Duhalde, who leaves office Sunday, said he would pardon Enrique Gorriaran Merlo, a former leader of the leftist guerrilla group People’s Revolutionary Army. He was involved in the killing of former Nicaraguan leader Anastasio Somoza, and Mohamed Seineldin, a former army colonel who led an unsuccessful military uprising in 1990.

Mr.Duhalde’s successor, President-elect Nestor Kirchner, said he disagrees with the pardons plan.

TURKEY

Leftist outlaw killed in suicide bombing

ANKARA — A bomb exploded in the restroom of a cafe in Turkey’s capital, killing a woman who belonged to an outlawed Marxist group and wounding another person.

News reports said the woman, identified as Songul Alpyurt from the southeastern province of Malatya, was a member of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front or DHKP-C.

The group has orchestrated a number of assassinations and bombings since the 1970s. In 2001, it took responsibility for a suicide attack near a police post at a busy Istanbul square popular with tourists. Four persons, including an Australian woman and the bomber, died in the attack.

AFGHANISTAN

Governors agree to deliver revenue

KABUL — Afghan provincial governors promised yesterday to deliver millions of dollars of customs revenue owed to the cash-strapped central government after President Hamid Karzai threatened to resign.

Presidential adviser Zalmai Hewadmal said all the 12 governors collecting customs revenue signed an agreement after a showdown with Mr. Karzai in Kabul during which he threatened “serious action” against anyone who failed to comply.

The Finance Ministry says customs revenue exceeded a half-billion dollars last year, but only $80 million reached Kabul.

LIBERIA

Soldiers commandeer ship to flee fighting

MONROVIA — Liberian soldiers fleeing a rebel advance in the east commandeered a timber-company vessel at gunpoint, ordering the captain to carry them to the capital, passengers said yesterday.

Fleeing civilians among the 1,000 to 1,500 people on board filed off the ship yesterday in Monrovia with their goats, chickens, bedding and other household materials.

The ship set sail Sunday from the eastern Liberian port city of Harper, which workers from the United Nations said fell to Liberia’s rebels during the weekend. The offensive has sent thousands fleeing, with more than 10,000 crossing into Ivory Coast.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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