- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2004


Militant sentenced in Bali bombings

BALI — A Muslim militant was convicted and sentenced yesterday to life in prison for helping plan the Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 persons.

Sarjio, 32, was found guilty of helping organize planning meetings and preparing the explosives used in the attacks on Oct. 12, 2002.

He is the 30th defendant to have been convicted in the case. Three men were sentenced to death.


13 police officers held in drug killings

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Mexican federal police have arrested 13 police officers in the northern state of Chihuahua on suspicion of carrying out executions for a drug cartel, the attorney general said yesterday.

The officers from the Chihuahua police force are believed to have been involved in the slayings of at least 11 persons whose corpses were found this week buried behind the house of a suspected drug trafficker in Ciudad Juarez, near the Texas border.


Power-sharing deal close, Powell says

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, after meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul in Washington yesterday, said an agreement on power sharing in Cyprus was close and vowed to pressure Turkish and Greek Cypriots to reach a deal to allow a united island to join the European Union.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was meeting Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos for talks in Brussels yesterday, has been pressing both sides to revive talks in a bid to get an agreement before May 1.


Suspect from N.Y. linked to al Qaeda

SAN’A — Authorities in Yemen said yesterday they have arrested a Yemeni-American wanted by the United States for suspected links to an al Qaeda cell in New York state.

Yemen’s ruling party quoted an unnamed security official on its Web site as saying that Jaber Elbaneh, 36, was arrested several weeks ago and was being interrogated in a Yemeni jail.

Mr. Elbaneh has been accused of links to the “Lackawanna Six,” members of what prosecutors said was an al Qaeda cell based in Lackawanna, a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.


Shootout during Hajj leaves five dead

MECCA — Five security agents were killed in a shootout with terror suspects in the Saudi capital yesterday, as nearly 2 million Muslims from around the world began the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca amid heightened security after a year of terror attacks in the kingdom.

Security forces captured a militant and several suspects after the firefight during a raid on a house in Riyadh.The militant’s father also was killed and two policemen were injured.


President names new national security head

SEOUL — South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun today named Kwon Chin-ho, a former deputy head of the National Intelligence Service, as his new adviser for national security, Mr. Roh’s chief press secretary said.

Mr. Kwon will take over the post of Ra Jong-yil, who resigned recently, Yoon Tai-young said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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