- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2005


Police accuse 15 of al Qaeda recruiting

MADRID — Spanish police arrested 15 persons yesterday on suspicion of recruiting al Qaeda fighters to send to Iraq, the government said.

The suspects, of several nationalities, were detained in southern and northeast Spain and on the island of Mallorca, said Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso.

They are thought to be members of a network that sent volunteers “to wage [holy war] as members of the al Qaeda network,” Mr. Alonso said at a press conference.

He said the group had two fighters ready to send to Iraq at the time of the arrests.


Court indicts 11 in Srebrenica massacre

SARAJEVO — Bosnia’s war crimes court announced yesterday that it had indicted 11 Bosnian Serbs on genocide charges in the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica.

The 11, detained this year, are suspected of “committing the crime of genocide … by killing over a thousand Bosnian [Muslim] men” on July 13, 2005, the court said in announcing the first genocide indictment issued in the Balkan country.

The slayings were part of a weeklong killing spree by Bosnian Serb forces and took place at a warehouse of an agricultural cooperative near Srebrenica, the court added.


Gunmen wound three peacekeepers

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Three Chilean soldiers with the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti were ambushed and shot in the troubled Caribbean nation, which is scheduled to hold elections next month, said officials from the United Nations yesterday.

A U.N. civilian spokesman in Haiti, Damian Onses-Cardona, said the wounded peacekeepers were members of a road reconnaissance mission on Friday in Plaisance, a town between the northern cities of Gonaives and Cap-Haitien.

Haiti has scheduled legislative and presidential elections for Jan. 8 amid concerns over security in a country gripped by political and gang violence and a spate of kidnappings since a bloody rebellion forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power Feb. 29, 2004.


Strike hits Quebec ski resort

TORONTO — Workers at Eastern Canada’s biggest ski resort, Mont-Tremblant, were on strike yesterday as operator Intrawest Corp. presented a new contract offer just days ahead of the crucial Christmas season.

Vancouver-based Intrawest, one of the world’s biggest ski resort operators, sent the union at Mont-Tremblant in Quebec a new five-year offer Sunday. Details of the proposal were not disclosed.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said about 1,500 workers were on strike.


Neo-Nazis step up propaganda via music

BERLIN — Neo-Nazis increasingly are using music to spread their message, particularly among the unemployed youth of the former communist East Germany, said specialists on extremism.

Last year, neo-Nazis applied for permission to hold 137 concerts, mostly in the poor eastern provinces of Saxony and Thueringen, show figures released by the federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

From January to September 2005, the authorities had received 100 such requests, and the “trend shows no sign of slowing down,” said an official from the office, who asked not to be named.

He said the amount of racist audio and video material seized by the authorities also had increased.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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