- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 18, 2006

ITALY

Police arrest Muslim, suicide attack feared

ROME — Italian police yesterday detained a young North African man in the northern city of Milan on suspicion of preparing a suicide attack, the Ansa news agency said, quoting legal sources.

The man was picked up after police intercepted a phone call during which he is reported to have said that he had dreamed that he was dead.

“The angel of death came to me and said: ‘I have to take your soul.’ … I am going to Milan to get married Friday or Saturday,” the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported him as saying.

Magistrates in Milan decided to detain him while anti-terrorist police checked on his identity and contacts, Ansa said.

PERU

Internet baby ring broken by police

LIMA — A German man and his Peruvian wife have been charged with trafficking Peruvian babies to adoptive parents in Europe through an Internet site, police said.

Investigators think the couple obtained the babies from poor women who were willing to give up their children for money.

The arrests capped a seven-month investigation that began when a German woman was stopped at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport as she tried to board a KLM flight to Germany with a 15-day-old girl, police said.

AUSTRIA

Saddam support ermeets with Gadhafi

TRIPOLI, Libya — Austrian nationalist leader Joerg Haider is in Tripoli for talks with Moammar Gadhafi on the row between Europe and the Islamic world over the publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, the Libyan leader’s son, Seif al-Islam, said yesterday.

Mr. Haider, whose BZOe party is part of the governing coalition in Austria, the current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, is a regular visitor of the Libyan leader and called earlier this month for the bloc to turn to him as a mediator.

Mr. Haider had a similar relationship with Saddam Hussein, whom he met in Baghdad, until the dictator was ousted by the U.S.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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