- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2003

SUDAN

Peace deal likely this year, Powell says

NAIVASHA — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said yesterday Sudan’s government and rebels have pledged to sign a peace deal this year, spurring hopes of an end to two decades of civil war.

Mr. Powell visited the talks in Kenya to ratchet up pressure on both sides, sensing a potential success for U.S. diplomacy that could transform relations with Sudan, listed by Washington as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”

Mr. Powell said President Bush would invite both sides to Washington if they struck an agreement. He later flew into Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheik for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

SWEDEN

Man detained under terror laws

STOCKHOLM — Swedish police have detained a Lebanese-born man under new antiterror laws and the FBI said yesterday it has an “investigative interest” in talking to him.

Sweden’s SAPO security police arrested 37-year-old Oussama Kassir in a Stockholm suburb Tuesday.

Swedish newspapers said he was wanted by the FBI in connection with a plot uncovered in 2002 to set up a U.S. training camp for al Qaeda at a ranch in Oregon.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Ex-Kosovo rebel held in Slovenia

PRISTINA — Police in Slovenia said they yesterday detained the wartime chief of staff of the ethnic Albanian guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army on an international warrant initiated by Belgrade.

Gen. Agim Ceku was one of the top figures in the rebel movement that battled Serbian forces in 1998-99. He now heads the civilian emergency force it became after the United Nations took control of Kosovo.

Serbian officials said they would demand custody of him, and Kosovo Albanians reacted angrily to the arrest.

UKRAINE

Russian dam plan elevates tensions

KIEV — A Russian project to build a dam near Ukraine’s territorial waters plunged relations between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbor to a postcommunist low yesterday, but politicians on both sides appealed for calm.

With tension rising rapidly throughout the day in both countries, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov called for a suspension on work on the dam extending toward a disputed island near the juncture of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, pending talks with his Ukrainian counterpart.

BRITAIN

German team finds secret of mummies

LONDON — A German research team has unraveled the mystery of how the ancient Egyptians mummified their dead, using sophisticated science to track the preservative to an extract of the cedar tree.

Chemists from Tubingen University and the Munich-based Doerner-Institut replicated an ancient treatment of cedar wood and found it contained a preservative chemical called guaiacol.

The findings will surprise Egyptologists who had thought the embalming oil was extracted from juniper rather than cedar.

NIGER

Chirac greeted by thousands

NIAMEY — French President Jacques Chirac was greeted by tens of thousands of people as he drove over newly repaired roads through Niger’s capital, Niamey, yesterday at the start of a two-nation African tour.

It is the first visit by a French president to Niger, a former French colony, since 1982. Authorities declared a half-day holiday to give people a chance to see Mr. Chirac.

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