- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 25, 2004

ARGENTINA

Prince ends trip after shots heard

BUENOS AIRES — Britain’s Prince Harry left Argentina yesterday after shots were fired nearby, ending nearly two weeks on a polo pony farm well away from the paparazzi who pursue him at home.

Local news reports said Harry was whisked away earlier than expected because of security problems, but a Buckingham Palace spokesman said the prince was returning to England “as planned,” and was scheduled in London this morning.

Neither the palace spokesman nor the British Embassy in Buenos Aires would comment on the security question.

On Wednesday morning, shots were heard near the horse ranch where Harry was staying in Lobos in the Pampa region, 60 miles southwest of the capital.

BURUNDI

Clashes with army kill 17 rebels

BUJUMBURA — Members of the sole remaining rebel group in Burundi clashed twice with army patrols this week, losing 17 men in the firefights, military sources said yesterday.

In another reported incident, a soldier let off a rocket launcher during a visit by President Domitien Ndayizeye to northern Burundi, killing a member of the president’s guard.

In the first of the two reported clashes between guerrillas and the army, 10 guerrillas were killed and two army soldiers were injured in fighting just north of the capital, the military sources said.

SUDAN

Rebels blamed for fighting flare-up

CAIRO — A U.N. envoy and Britain blamed Sudanese rebels for renewed fighting in the crisis-ridden state of Darfur, and the World Food Program pulled its staff from the region yesterday because of the lack of security.

Britain called for an end to the fighting, and an international commission, including the United States, said it would take measures to keep humanitarian aid flowing. Jan Pronk, the U.N. envoy, called for a doubling of peacekeepers in Darfur.

The food program said the battle in north Darfur has forced it to suspend deliveries to about 300,000 displaced people in camps in that part of western Sudan. On Monday, African Union troops rescued 45 humanitarian aid workers trapped in the conflict zone.

MIDDLE EAST

Jordan, Europe back peace process revival

BRUSSELS — Jordan’s King Abdullah II and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso yesterday called for efforts to revive the Middle East peace process after the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

“We agree that it is now time to go ahead with this process. It is very important for the region but also for global peace,” Mr. Barroso told reporters after a meeting with the Jordanian monarch.

“We do hope that we have opportunities now to bring Israelis and Palestinians closer together to move the process along,” King Abdullah said.

BRAZIL

Suspected Mafia boss arrested in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police arrested a suspected senior member of the New York Mafia’s Gambino clan who is wanted in the United States, authorities said yesterday.

John Edward Alite, 44, also known as John Alletto, was arrested in a beachside district of Rio de Janeiro late Wednesday as he walked in the street, a federal police spokeswoman said.

Federal police officers, Interpol and FBI agents worked together to arrest Mr. Alite, thought to head an arm of the Cosa Nostra criminal organization in New York.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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