- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 5, 2006


LRA rebels declare immediate cease-fire

KAMPALA — Uganda’s Lord Resistance Army (LRA) declared a cease-fire yesterday and called on the government to lay down its arms ahead of peace talks due to resume in south Sudan next week.

A spokesman contacted by satellite telephone at the rebels’ camp in Congo said the cessation of hostilities was issued by the rebels’ deputy commander Vincent Otti, on behalf of LRA leader Joseph Kony.

Otti, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, has rejected requests by mediators to attend the negotiations in the southern capital Juba, saying he feared arrest.

The LRA began one of the world’s most brutal insurrections from north Uganda 20 years ago, later moving to south Sudan and lately hiding out in the jungles in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Yanukovych gets parliament’s approval

KIEV — Ukraine’s parliament approved Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister yesterday, sealing the comeback of the Moscow-leaning politician after his humiliation in the Orange Revolution two years ago.

He will share power with President Viktor Yushchenko, the man who defeated him in 2004. Mr. Yanukovych, who held the prime minister’s job before the revolution, gained 271 votes from the 450 deputies in the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

Many supporters of the Orange Revolution say Mr. Yanukovych will use his new power to check Ukraine’s drive to join NATO and the European Union.


18th man held on terror charges

TORONTO — Canadian police have arrested a Toronto-area teenager on terror charges, bringing to 18 the number of men accused of taking part in an al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack Canadian targets, police said yesterday.

Ibrahim Alkhalel Mohammed Aboud, 19, is accused of knowingly participating in a terrorist organization, and with attending a terrorism training camp north of Toronto that police say some of the suspects took part in.

He was arrested on Thursday in Mississauga, a suburban city just west of Toronto.

Most of the suspects were arrested in a police sting in early June, after purportedly attempting to purchase three tons of ammonium nitrate, which can be mixed with fuel oil to form a powerful explosive.


Chavez plans to buy anti-aircraft missiles

CARACAS — Venezuela will install an advanced air-defense system with anti-aircraft missiles capable of shooting down approaching enemy warplanes, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.

Mr. Chavez, who has repeatedly accused the United States of plotting to overthrow him, said the missiles would help defend the oil-rich country against any “aggression.”

“We’re going to acquire the most modern anti-aircraft defense system,” Mr. Chavez said during a televised speech Thursday in the coastal state of Falcon, where military planes and newly purchased Russian helicopters swooped overhead during a military parade.


Missile moved from launch site

SEOUL — North Korea may have removed a long-range missile from a launch site, lowering the possibility of the communist regime immediately carrying out further tests, a South Korean official said yesterday.

Intelligence reports have said North Korea may have moved two long-range Taepodong-2 missiles to its Musudan-ri launch site on its east coast before test-firing one of them July 5.

Fresh intelligence suggests the remaining missile may have been moved somewhere else, a government official said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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