- The Washington Times - Friday, July 8, 2005

PHILIPPINES

President asks Cabinet to resign

MANILA — Embattled President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said yesterday that she won’t quit and asked her entire Cabinet to resign instead to give her maneuvering room to survive her biggest crisis.

Her announcement in a hastily arranged radio address appeared to be a pre-emptive move amid rumors that at least two — and as many as a dozen — of her Cabinet members were preparing to resign because of accusations that she fixed last year’s election.



CANADA

Eco-terror suspect extradited to U.S.

VANCOUVER — A court yesterday ordered the extradition of suspected eco-terrorist Tre Arrow, one of the FBI’s most-wanted fugitives, to face firebombing charges in the United States.

Mr. Arrow, born Michael Scarpitti, is accused of participating in the 2001 firebombing of logging and cement trucks in Oregon. The FBI says he is associated with the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a group that has taken responsibility for dozens of acts of destruction in the past few years.

British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Kristi Gill ruled that there was enough evidence against Mr. Arrow to have him extradited to face federal charges. His lawyer said he would appeal.

UZBEKISTAN

U.S. air base future under review

TASHKENT — Uzbekistan indicated yesterday that it was reconsidering the future of a U.S. air base it hosts, threatening a key support base for the U.S.-led efforts in neighboring Afghanistan.

The move, which throws into doubt the American military presence in the Central Asian nation, follows an increasing chill in relations between Washington and the authoritarian Uzbek leader Islam Karimov.

The Foreign Ministry said the air base at Karshi-Khanabad, which U.S. forces use to support operations and supply humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, was only intended for combat operations in Afghanistan during the overthrow of the Taliban regime after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban threatens to kill U.S. hostage

KABUL — A U.S. commando still missing in Afghanistan is being held by the Taliban, and rebel leaders have decided to kill him, a purported spokesman for the group said yesterday.

The spokesman, Mullah Latif Hakimi, offered no evidence to back up the claim, which he has made previously. U.S. military spokeswoman Lt. Cindy Moore said, “We hope he is not in harm’s way. We are making every effort to locate him.”

The commando is the last of a four-member U.S. Navy SEAL team that went missing for 10 days in Kunar province, near the Pakistani border. One of the men was rescued, and the other two have been found dead.

JORDAN

Saddam lawyer quits, charges U.S. meddling

AMMAN — Saddam Hussein’s chief lawyer quit the Iraqi dictator’s Jordan-based legal team, saying yesterday that some of the team’s American members were trying to control the defense and tone down his criticism of the U.S. presence in Iraq.

Lawyer Ziad al-Khasawneh said former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Curtis Doebbler, another American lawyer helping defend Saddam, were “upset with my statements and have often asked me to refrain from criticizing the American occupation of Iraq and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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