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King pledges moderate oil policy

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia will continue a moderate oil policy to ensure a stable world economy, King Abdullah said yesterday.

He made his remarks on his nation’s oil policies come as prices appear headed back toward $70 a barrel, a level not reached since Hurricane Katrina battered the U.S. Gulf Coast in August.

Saudi Arabia holds more than 260 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, a quarter of the world’s total. It currently produces about 9.5 million barrels per day, or 11 percent of global consumption.


Plane crash kills all 19 on board

RIO DE JANEIRO — A plane carrying 19 persons crashed in a mountainous region outside Rio de Janeiro, killing everyone aboard, civil defense officials said yesterday.

The LET 410 double-propeller plane operated by the local airline Team was missing Friday night about 20 minutes after leaving the city of Macae, 110 miles east of Rio de Janeiro.

Rescue workers found the plane’s wreckage near Saquarema, about 60 miles east of Rio.


Arrests foil terrorist attack

CANBERRA — The arrests of three terrorist suspects in the southern city of Melbourne seriously disrupted the activities of a group that was planning a major attack in Australia, police said yesterday.

The three men arrested late Friday were charged with being members of an terrorist organization and intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organization, police said. The charges carry maximum penalties of 25 years in prison.


Captain detained for cruise-boat deaths

MANAMA — The captain of a cruise boat that capsized off the coast of Bahrain has been detained and is being questioned about the accident in which 57 persons drowned, most of them Indians and Britons, Bahrain’s public prosecutor said yesterday.

The captain, who is Indian but was not further identified, did not have a license to pilot the boat, Nawaf Hamza said.

The dead from the disaster Thursday included 21 Indians and 15 Britons; 67 others were rescued.


Roadside bomb wounds 5 Americans

KABUL — A roadside bomb wounded five U.S. troops when it hit their vehicle in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, and a suicide attack on a U.S.-led coalition convoy in the country’s south killed the bomber but hurt no one else, officials said.

The insurgents opened fire on the troops after the roadside bombing in mountainous Kunar province, the U.S. military said. The wounded service members were airlifted for treatment to Bagram, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the military said. Their conditions were not immediately available.

The suicide bombing happened on a main road in Maywand district, Kandahar province, when the convoy of coalition and Afghan forces was passing.


Taylor seeks funds to pay lawyers

MONROVIA — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor will plead not guilty to war crimes charges this week, but the ex-warlord needs donations from “goodwilled people” to pay for his defense, his lawyer said yesterday.

Mr. Taylor, whose name became synonymous with a decade of brutal conflict in West Africa, is behind bars at a U.N.-backed court in Sierra Leone and faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during that country’s 1991-2002 civil war.

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