- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006


Police make arrests for terrorist blasts

BOMBAY — India arrested three men in connection with last week’s bombings that killed more than 200 people and urged Pakistan yesterday to hand over a top Kashmiri militant as a gesture of its determination to fight terrorism.

The three men, all Indian Muslims, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the July 11 attacks on packed commuter trains and stations in India’s financial hub, a police official said.

The chief of Bombay’s anti-terrorism squad said their links appeared to come from Nepal and Bangladesh but added they were also in some way connected to Pakistan.


Taylor appears before tribunal

THE HAGUE — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor appeared before a war-crimes tribunal in the Netherlands for the first time yesterday, with his attorney complaining about the deposed leader’s limited access to telephones and “Eurocentric” prison food.

Mr. Taylor faces 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for purportedly overseeing the murder, rape and mutilation of thousands of people during neighboring Sierra Leone’s 10-year civil war. The former warlord has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted.


King approves election rerun

BANGKOK — King Bhumibol Adulyadej sprang a surprise yesterday by approving a rerun of Thailand’s annulled general election on Oct. 15, saying he wanted a swift end to a prolonged political crisis.

It was not clear whether any political deal was involved in the royal approval of an election date set by the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in May after a snap April 2 poll proved inconclusive and was annulled by the courts.


Protesters take town, drive tourists out

OAXACA — Protesters have taken over the center of folkloric Oaxaca, making tourists show identification at makeshift checkpoints, smashing the windows of quaint hotels and spray-painting revolutionary slogans. Police are nowhere in sight.

Supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador are holding nationwide demonstrations to demand a recount in the disputed July 2 presidential election.

The protests have reduced tourism by 75 percent, costing the city more than $45 million, according to the Mexican Employers Federation.


Islamic leader orders ‘holy war’ on Ethiopia

BAIDOA — Somalia’s top Islamic leader called yesterday for a “holy war” against Ethiopia to drive out troops the largely Christian nation sent to protect the internationally backed Somali government.

The radical Islamic forces control more of Somalia than the government and have made clear they consider themselves the legitimate authority in the country.

Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, in an angry radio broadcast, said, “I am calling on the Somali people to wage a holy war against Ethiopians in Baidoa.”


Barred Islamist denied Lebanon evacuation

LONDON — An Islamist preacher barred from Britain for his radical views said yesterday that he tried to join the British evacuation from Lebanon but was turned away.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, speaking from Beirut, said he had been prevented from boarding a naval warship evacuating Britons from the chaos because he did not have a British passport.

Mr. Bakri, who lived in London until his exile in August, said he asked British authorities to rescue him from Lebanon for the sake of his family, who are still living in Britain.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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