- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005

CANADA

Suspect confesses to aiding al Qaeda

TORONTO — A Canadian terror suspect confessed to buying guns and rocket launchers for al Qaeda to use against U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to a court filing yesterday.

In an affidavit submitted to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, where Abdullah Khadr appeared at a preliminary hearing, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Konrad Shourie said Khadr admitted ties to senior al Qaeda members and confessed to buying guns and rocket launchers for them in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

Khadr, 24, who entered no plea, faces extradition to the U.S. on charges of possessing, and conspiracy to possess, a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, where the charges were filed. He faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

COLOMBIA

Spy chief faulted in anti-Chavez plot

BOGOTA — Colombian President Alvaro Uribe publicly rebuked his spy chief yesterday for denying that former Venezuelan soldiers plotted against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a Colombian military site.

Mr. Uribe made the disclosure Saturday during a meeting with Mr. Chavez, who brought the purported Bogota-based conspiracy to the attention of his Colombian counterpart in late November.

“The Venezuelan soldiers who are in Bogota went to a building to meet with members of the Colombian military,” Mr. Uribe said. “I took responsibility before President Chavez, and I took it in public, because the government of Colombia, which suffers from terrorism, cannot permit anyone to plot conspiracies, especially against a brother country,” he said.

MEXICO

Fox raps expansion of U.S. border barrier

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced as “shameful” a move by the U.S. Congress to expand the wall separating the United States and Mexico, and blamed the Bush administration for its passage.

Speaking at an observance of International Migrant Day in Guanajuato state, Mr. Fox called approval of the legislation by the House of Representatives “a terrible sign.”

Weekly notes …

The parents of a Peruvian student killed in a racist attack in Russia said on Russian state television yesterday they will seek the equivalent of $3.6 million in compensation. Architecture student Enrique Angeles Hurtado, 18, died of his wounds after a mob set upon him in the western town of Voronezh on Oct. 9 while he was walking with friends. His father, Enrique Angeles Guerrero, said on NTV no amount of money could compensate the family for the loss of their only child, but that those responsible should be imprisoned for life. … At 100 years old, an Ecuadorean woman became bedridden and so weakened from a stomach ailment that a priest administered last rites. But Maria Esther de Capovilla, born on Sept. 14, 1889, recovered, and 16 years later she has become the oldest person in the world at 116, according to Guinness World Records.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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