- The Washington Times - Friday, August 6, 2004

SAUDI ARABIA

Most-wanted terrorist arrested

CAIRO — An al Qaeda-linked cleric who boasted of his ability to evade capture has been arrested in Saudi Arabia without firing a shot, an Interior Ministry official said yesterday.

Faris Ahmed Jamaan al-Showeel al-Zahrani, who was No. 12 on a list of Saudi Arabia’s 26 most-wanted terror suspects, was captured late Thursday in Abha.

With the arrest, 11 of those on the wanted list are believed to remain at large, including Saleh Mohammed al-Aoofi, regarded as the new leader of al Qaeda’s network in Saudi Arabia.

GERMANY

Wall killings earn two probation

BERLIN — A court found two former top East German officials guilty yesterday of failing to stop the killing of people trying to escape across the Berlin Wall and sentenced them to probation.

The trial of Hans-Joachim Boehme, 74, and Siegfried Lorenz, 73, was likely to be the last high-profile case, closing an era nearly 15 years after the wall was torn down to mark the beginning of the end of Soviet domination in Central and Eastern Europe.

About 1,000 people were killed trying to cross the Berlin Wall and other heavily fortified stretches of Germany’s East-West border between 1961 and 1989.

BRITAIN

Conan Doyle relics handed to city

PORTSMOUTH — One of the world’s greatest collections of memorabilia from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was handed over yesterday to a library in the port city where the author once had a medical practice and wrote the first two Sherlock Holmes adventures.

When he died in March, writer and collector Richard Lancelyn Green left the 20,000-item collection worth more than $3.6 million to the Portsmouth library service. The collection includes a full-size re-creation by Lancelyn Green of the study at 221B Baker Street, Holmes’ fictional London address, and a small medical book by a Doctor Sherlock, which is believed to have been the inspiration for the name of Conan Doyle’s detective.

VENEZUELA

Kerry victory could help ties, Chavez says

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said yesterday he hoped ties between his country and its biggest oil client, the United States, would improve dramatically if Democrat John Kerry won the U.S. presidential election in November.

Left-winger Mr. Chavez faces a referendum on his own rule on Aug. 15 and has accused President Bush of backing opposition efforts to overthrow him. The Bush administration denies this charge but has strongly supported the Venezuelan referendum process.

“If Mr. Kerry wins, we hope that a new stage in relations can begin, of frank, sincere and friendly cooperation between the two governments,” Mr. Chavez said during a ceremony awarding a gas development license to U.S. oil firm ChevronTexaco Corp.

GREENLAND

Powell signs accord on missile defense

IGALIKU — The United States, Denmark and Greenland signed agreements yesterday to upgrade the early warning radar system at Thule, a Cold War U.S. air base with a crucial role in Bush administration plans for an anti-missile defense system.

All 47 residents turned out, many wearing local costumes, at a ceremony in this Inuit village on a fjord attended by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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