- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 9, 2004

ISRAEL

Drug kingpin held, to be handed to U.S.

JERUSALEM — Israeli police said yesterday they have arrested a reputed underworld kingpin and planned to extradite him at Washington’s request to the United States, where he is wanted on drug smuggling charges.

Zeev Rosenstein, 50, who has survived numerous attempts on his life by organized-crime members, was arrested after a three-year investigation on the suspicion he was behind a major smuggling ring trafficking the drug Ecstasy in the United States and Europe.

The investigation, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, began in 2001 after U.S. law-enforcement officials caught smugglers bringing 700,000 Ecstasy pills into New York.

NICARAGUA

SANDINISTAS GAIN IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

MANAGUA — NICARAGUA’S LEFTIST OPPOSITION SANDINISTA PARTY, WHICH FOUGHT A CIVIL WAR WITH U.S.-BACKED REBELS WHEN IT RULED IN THE 1980S, MADE STRONG GAINS IN WEEKEND ELECTIONS BY TAKING CONTROL OF ALMOST ALL THE COUNTRY’S MAJOR CITIES.

RESULTS RELEASED YESTERDAY SHOWED THE SANDINISTAS HANDING A HEAVY DEFEAT TO THE RULING ALLIANCE FOR THE REPUBLIC PARTY, WHICH HAS BEEN WEAKENED BY INTERNAL FEUDING AND A RECENT DRIVE TO REMOVE PRESIDENT ENRIQUE BOLANOS AMID CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND CORRUPTION CHARGES.

“MOST NICARAGUANS ARE CONVINCED THAT THE ONLY FORCE THAT CAN SAVE THIS COUNTRY, THE RICH AND THE POOR, IS THE [SANDINISTA NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT],” FORMER PRESIDENT DANIEL ORTEGA, THE PARTY LEADER, TOLD THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS IN MANAGUA, THE CAPITAL.

WITH 73 PERCENT OF VOTES COUNTED IN THE RACE FOR MANAGUA MAYOR, THE SANDINISTA CANDIDATE HAD 45 PERCENT, COMPARED WITH 36 PERCENT FOR THE RULING PARTY. THE SANDINISTAS ALSO APPEARED HEADED FOR VICTORY IN AT LEAST 15 OF NICARAGUA’S 17 PROVINCIAL CAPITALS AND IN 91 TOWNS ALTOGETHER.

TAIWAN

STRONG QUAKE SHAKES NORTH

TAIPEI — A STRONG EARTHQUAKE HIT NORTHERN TAIWAN LAST NIGHT, SHAKING BUILDINGS IN THE CAPITAL, TAIPEI, FOR SEVERAL SECONDS. NO INJURIES OR SERIOUS DAMAGES WERE REPORTED.

THE EPICENTER OF THE QUAKE, WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 5.7, WAS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN, ABOUT FOUR-TENTHS OF A MILE FROM THE NORTHEAST COASTAL CITY OF ILAN. ILAN IS ABOUT 30 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TAIPEI.

LAST MONTH, A MAGNITUDE 7 EARTHQUAKE FORCED THE TAIPEI SUBWAY SYSTEM TO SHUT DOWN AND KNOCKED OUT POWER AT THE WORLD’S TALLEST SKYSCRAPER, TAIPEI 101.

TURKEY

MAN WHO SHOT POPE TO BE FREED EARLY

ANKARA — A TURKISH COURT YESTERDAY REDUCED THE PRISON TERM FOR THE MAN WHO SHOT POPE JOHN PAUL II IN 1981, ALLOWING HIS RELEASE AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR, HIS ATTORNEY SAID.

TURKISH CITIZEN MEHMET ALI AGCA, 46, WAS EXTRADITED TO TURKEY IN 2000 AFTER SERVING ALMOST 20 YEARS IN ITALY FOR SHOOTING AND WOUNDING THE POPE IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE IN ROME.

UPON HIS RETURN TO TURKEY, AGCA IMMEDIATELY WAS SENT TO PRISON TO SERVE A 10-YEAR SENTENCE FOR SLAYING TURKISH JOURNALIST ABDI IPEKCI IN 1979. HE WAS SEPARATELY SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS FOR TWO ROBBERIES IN TURKEY THE SAME YEAR.

RUSSIA

SOYUZ-2 ROCKET LAUNCHED AFTER DELAYS

MOSCOW — RUSSIA LAUNCHED A NEW MODEL OF BOOSTER ROCKET YESTERDAY AFTER TWO POSTPONEMENTS, NEWS AGENCIES REPORTED.

THE SOYUZ-2 ROCKET BLASTED OFF FROM THE PLESETSK LAUNCHPAD IN NORTHERN RUSSIA CARRYING A MOCK-UP OF AN UNSPECIFIED “SPACE APPARATUS,” THE INTERFAX NEWS AGENCY REPORTED.

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