- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Rebels capture town, kill 80 soldiers

KHARTOUM — Rebels in the Darfur region of western Sudan said they captured the town of Sheiria from government forces in a surprise attack yesterday, killing more than 80 government soldiers.

A Sudanese military official said the rebels had started a surprise attack on Sheiria, killing civilians and soldiers. He did not say the rebels had captured the town, about 45 miles northeast of Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state.

A statement by the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement said the rebels acted in response to government intrusions into rebel-held territory.


Tribunal says Vatican abets fugitive general

THE HAGUE — The chief prosecutor of the U.N. war-crimes tribunal has accused the Vatican of hindering the hunt for a fugitive Croatian general.

Prosecutor Carla del Ponte’s spokeswoman said Gen. Ante Gotovina was thought to be receiving support from a network of Catholic monasteries in Croatia.

If church leaders “would give orders not to harbor war-crimes suspects, if they would assist justice, fugitives wouldn’t find protection in monasteries,” Mrs. Del Ponte’s spokeswoman, Florence Hartmann, said.

The Vatican press office said it had no comment.


Militants threaten to disrupt oil output

ABUJA — A militant group in Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta yesterday threatened “grave mayhem” within 24 hours unless they receive word of their leader, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, whom they say has been arrested.

The delta accounts for most of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries member Nigeria’s oil output of 2.4 million barrels per day. Production has been cut in the past because of conflicts between rival armed groups or between militants and government forces.

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