- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 1, 2005


Partner pleads guilty in shoe-bombing plot

LONDON — A British man pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring with “shoe bomber” Richard C. Reid to blow up a U.S.-bound aircraft in 2001.

Saajid Badat, 25, who prosecutors said dismantled his bomb after having second thoughts, was to be sentenced at a later date. It was the first major conviction for a terrorist plot in Britain since the September 11 attacks in the United States.

Reid was arrested after trying to detonate his device aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22, 2001. He was sentenced to life in prison.


Germany to charge Holocaust denier

TORONTO — Canadian authorities prepared to deport Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel back to his native Germany, and authorities there said yesterday that he faces charges of inciting racial hatred on his return.

Mr. Zundel, author of “The Hitler We Loved and Why,” has been held in a Toronto jail for two years while authorities determined whether he posed a security risk to Canadian society. A court ruled Friday that Zundel’s activities were a threat to national security.


Palestinians warned against attacking

JERUSALEM — Israel’s defense minister warned yesterday that he will send large forces into Palestinian neighborhoods if Israeli troops and settlers come under fire during the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip this summer.

The military faces twin threats during the pullout, from extremist settlers and Palestinian militants.


Pope starts speech, breathing therapy

Pope John Paul II has begun speech and respiratory therapy after surgery to ease his latest breathing crisis, the Vatican said yesterday, without indicating when he might be able to speak in public or leave the hospital.

Throat specialists, including one who attended the pope’s operation on Thursday to cut a breathing hole into the windpipe, said John Paul should be able to speak normally again, although not as loudly.


Generals surrender to war crimes court

THE HAGUE — Two generals from opposite sides of the Bosnian war, a Muslim and a Serb, surrendered to the U.N. war crimes tribunal yesterday to answer charges that they were responsible for atrocities during the 1992-95 conflict.

Gen. Rasim Delic, 56, the former commander of the Muslim-dominated Bosnian army, was in charge of foreign Islamic volunteers, who are thought to have killed, tortured and raped Bosnian Croat civilian prisoners.

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