- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2005


Travel warning issued for Indonesia

SYDNEY - Australia updated its warning against travel to Indonesia for the second time in a week today after police there warned that militants were planning attacks against Western targets.

“We continue to receive a stream of credible reporting suggesting that terrorists are in the very advanced stages of planning attacks in Indonesia,” said the travel warning issued by the foreign ministry.

“Attacks could occur at any time, anywhere in Indonesia and could be directed at any locations known to be frequented by foreigners,” it said.

“Recent credible reporting suggests that international hotels frequented by westerners in Jakarta are being targeted in current terrorist planning,” it added.


Annan opposes U.S. reform package

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday attacked a bill moving through Congress that would withhold up to half of U.S. dues to the world body if a string of reforms are not adopted.

Mr. Annan told reporters, “I don’t think holding back on contributions sends the right message, and it might be counterproductive” to U.S.-backed efforts to reform the United Nations.

The House International Relations Committee narrowly approved the reform package Wednesday, but the bill has not been backed by the Bush administration and faces an uphill battle on the House floor and in the Senate.


Acquittal upheld of 9/11 suspect

BERLIN — A German appeals court yesterday upheld the acquittal of a Moroccan accused of helping the September 11 hijackers, but authorities said the man remained a threat and would be expelled from the country within two weeks.

Abdelghani Mzoudi, 32, was acquitted in February 2004 of charges he helped September 11 hijackers Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Ziad Samir Jarrah in their plot to attack the United States. He faced more than 3,000 counts of being an accessory to murder.

Though the acquittal was upheld, Hamburg’s top security official, Udo Nagel, said his office will expel him because it “stands by its view that Mr. Mzoudi threatens the free democratic order and supports terrorist organizations.”


Capital closed after deadly riots

ADDIS ABABA — Most stores were shuttered yesterday and families collected the dead for burial following riots over election results and government warnings that any more civil unrest would be dealt with sternly.

Ethiopian security forces opened fire on stone-throwing demonstrators in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, leaving at least 22 persons dead, the government said. European Union observers said some opposition politicians were placed under house arrest following the government’s victory in last month’s election.


U.S. lifts aid ban, cites cooperation

BELGRADE — The United States yesterday lifted its freeze on a $10 million aid package for Serbia-Montenegro, saying the Balkan country had shown better cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal.

Congress in January withheld $10 million in aid because of Serbia’s failure to arrest and extradite several Serb suspects to the tribunal in The Hague. Another $16 million was withheld last year for the same reason.

But since October, Serbia negotiated the surrender of about a dozen Serb war crimes suspects. Still, former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, believed hiding in Serbia, and wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, believed to be in Bosnia, remain at large.

“It’s our very strong hope that Mladic will be sent to The Hague and put on trial for war crimes he was accused of,” said R. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs.


Pink rose named for Camilla

LONDON — It’s pink with a spicy fragrance: introducing the new Duchess of Cornwall rose, named for Prince Charles’ new wife.

Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, will be presented with a specimen of the rose named for her when she and Charles attend a gardening show at Birmingham in central England next week, officials said yesterday.

A donation from the sale of each rose bush will be given to the National Osteoporosis Society, of which the duchess is president.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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