- The Washington Times - Friday, November 19, 2004

SPAIN

Al Jazeera reporter back in custody

MADRID — An Al Jazeera reporter indicted in Spain on charges of belonging to an al Qaeda cell has been rearrested after spending more than a year out on bail, court officials said yesterday.

Tayssir Alouni was arrested Thursday evening in the southern city of Granada, where he lives. A prosecutor said he posed a flight risk because the National Court this week rejected appeals from him and 20 other terror suspects, taking them one step closer to trial.

Alouni was among 35 persons — including Osama bin Laden — indicted in September 2003 by Judge Baltasar Garzon on charges of belonging to a Spain-based al Qaeda cell.

Alouni, who has both Spanish and Syrian citizenship, was a well-known war correspondent in the Middle East for Al Jazeera.

SUDAN

Government, rebels sign peace pledge

NAIROBI, Kenya — Sudan’s government and southern rebels committed themselves yesterday to ending Africa’s longest civil war by Dec. 31, signing a pledge in front of 15 U.N. Security Council ambassadors at an extraordinary meeting.

After the signing ceremony, the Security Council, meeting away from its New York home for the first time in 14 years, unanimously adopted a resolution promising political and substantial economic support once Sudan ended two wars that have left millions dead in the south and in Darfur in the west.

BURMA

Military releases 19 political prisoners

RANGOON — Burma’s military junta released at least 19 political prisoners yesterday, including members of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party who were among thousands of inmates whose detentions were ruled improper. Mrs. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, remained under house arrest.

The prisoners included at least three senior members of Mrs. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party and prominent 72-year-old journalist Win Tin, a dissident leader said.

RUSSIA

Chechen arrested in journalist’s killing

MOSCOW — Authorities have arrested a man from Chechnya on suspicion of involvement in the slaying of Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine’s Russia edition who was gunned down outside his Moscow office in July, a press report said.

A Moscow court sanctioned the arrest of Musa Vakhayev, 40, a resident of the Chechen town of Urus-Martan, the Interfax news agency reported.

Mr. Klebnikov, 41, had written a book based on his interviews with Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev, a former deputy prime minister in the Chechen separatist government.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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