- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2003

ISRAEL

Palestinian official boycotts Cabinet

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia came under pressure yesterday from one of the Palestinians’ most internationally respected figures to end bickering that has delayed peace moves.

Finance Minister Salam Fayyad said he would boycott the caretaker Cabinet created Tuesday after formation of a permanent government was delayed by a struggle between the two leaders for security powers key to a U.S.-backed peace plan.

GERMANY

U.S. rejects request for terror testimony

HAMBURG — U.S. authorities rejected a German court’s request that accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed be allowed to testify in the trial of a suspected member of the Hamburg al Qaeda cell behind the attacks.

A Justice Department letter read in court yesterday gave no reasons why Mohammed would not be allowed to appear in the trial of Abdelghani Mzoudi, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Mzoudi, 30, is charged with providing logistical support to the al Qaeda cell.

MAURITANIA

President’s rival held on vote eve

NOUAKCHOTT — Police armed with automatic weapons arrested the leading opposition candidate yesterday on the eve of a presidential vote some hoped would herald the first democratic transfer of power in this northwest African desert nation.

Riot police dragged Muhammad Khouna Ould Haidalla from his home and arrested six members of his Forces for Change party, which was hoping to unseat President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya in elections today.


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