- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 29, 2005

DENMARK

More terror suspects arrested in probe

COPENHAGEN — Two more persons suspected of belonging to a terrorist network planning a suicide attack in Europe were arrested in Denmark, police said yesterday.

The man and woman, who were not identified, are suspected of assisting four young Muslims who were arrested Thursday in Copenhagen on charges of planning an “imminent” terror attack.

Danish police have said the four men arrested Thursday were linked to the arrests of Turkish, Swedish and Bosnian nationals in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Oct. 19-20 on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack.

GERMANY

Anti-Nazis battle police

GOETTINGEN — Sixty persons, including 14 police officers, were injured and 41 persons were arrested yesterday during a confrontation between neo-Nazis and anarchists in this central German town, police said.

Some 350 members of the neo-Nazi National Democrat Party were holding a rally and were met by a peaceful counterdemonstration of 5,000 people with a 3,800-strong police contingent separating the two groups, police said.

However, a group of anarchists involved in the counterdemonstration erected barricades, set fire to rubbish bins and threw missiles and burning objects at police.

Neo-Nazi gatherings in Germany are often outnumbered by counterdemonstrators who clash with police when they try to block the far-right marches.

PORTUGAL

Forest firefighters armed with copters

LISBON — Portugal’s Cabinet yesterday approved a package of firefighting measures including the purchase of water-dropping aircraft and higher fines for those who neglect their land.

The government has been under pressure to deal with wildfires after blazes destroyed an estimated 740,000 acres of forest and agricultural land this year, the second-worst on record.

The blazes, which reached their worst in July and August, killed 18 persons, most of them firefighters, destroyed crops and forced the evacuation of dozens of villages.

Interior Minister Antonio Costa said the government would buy four water-dropping tanker planes and 10 helicopters.

VATICAN

Eight Spaniards beatified as martyrs

VATICAN CITY — Seven priests and a nun who were killed during the Spanish Civil War were beatified as martyrs yesterday at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, praised for having refused to betray their faith when faced with death.

Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints, presided over the late-afternoon ceremony, saying in an opening prayer that the eight had “sacrificed their lives for the Gospel.”

All eight were killed in 1936, in the opening days of Spain’s civil war. The Catholic Church claims 4,184 clergy were killed during the war by the government, or Republican side, which accused the church of backing fascist Gen. Francisco Franco.

Pope John Paul II honored several clergy killed in the war during his 26-year pontificate and had approved the beatification of the eight honored yesterday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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