- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 18, 2005

NETHERLANDS

Throng protests immigration rules

AMSTERDAM — About 2,000 people gathered in Amsterdam yesterday to protest against the Dutch center-right government’s stern integration and immigration policies.

The protest was organized mainly by Turkish and Moroccan Muslim organizations and left-wing political parties united in a collective called “Enough is enough.”

Although there were also some women’s organizations in the collective, the overwhelming majority of the protesters were men.

MEXICO

Zapatista plans tour of Mexico

LA GARRUCHA, Mexico — Masked rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos plans to tour Mexico for six months beginning in January to build up a leftist, anti-capitalist front to influence politics ahead of presidential elections next July.

Six weeks ago, Marcos emerged from his jungle hide-out for the first time in four years and slammed Mexico’s political leaders, including the leftist presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, as “shameless scoundrels.”

SPAIN

Reporter held for reputed terror link

MADRID — An Al Jazeera reporter has been taken into custody in Spain for fear he may flee the country after he was charged with financing al Qaeda.

Tayseer Alouni, an Al Jazeera television reporter with dual Spanish and Syrian citizenship, is accused of giving money to al Qaeda in Afghanistan. He also is accused of a close relationship with another man on trial, Immad Yarkas, who is accused by Spanish authorities of having some role in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mr. Alouni denies any wrongdoing.

GREECE

Police, protesters clash at neo-Nazi rally

ATHENS — Hundreds of anarchist and left-wing demonstrators clashed with police, who were trying to keep them apart from a gathering of neo-Nazis in central Athens yesterday.

The anarchists, many wearing helmets and masks, threw gasoline bombs and stones at riot police who responded with tear gas. The neo-Nazi demonstrators dispersed after an earlier tense stand-off between the two groups.

The clashes occurred in the Exarchia student quarter, where about 150 members of the extreme right-wing group Chryssi Avgi (“Golden Dawn”) had gathered outside their headquarters to protest a ban on Eurofest, a planned gathering of European neo-Nazi and fascist parties in Greece this weekend.

LIBYA

Rice affirms closer U.S. ties

NEW YORK — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Libya yesterday the United States was committed to closer relations with its former enemy, which promised to work hard to stamp out terrorism.

Miss Rice met Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Shalgam on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where the two discussed expanding relations, human rights and cooperation on counterterrorism issues, according to a joint statement.

“Secretary Rice reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to working to broaden and deepen the relationship between Libya and the U.S. as Libya implements its undertakings,” according to the statement, released by the State Department.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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