- The Washington Times - Friday, October 27, 2006


Patrols follow threat to oil facilities

DUBAI — Coalition naval forces in the Persian Gulf are on watch for terrorist threats to oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Western naval officials said yesterday.

A British navy official said a threat from al Qaeda last month to target Gulf oil terminals had resulted in stepped-up security and vigilance at Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura terminal, as well as a refinery in Bahrain.

The British navy, part of the Italian-led Coalition Task Force 152 that patrols international waters off the Ras Tanura terminal, sent an e-mail yesterday warning merchant shippers in the region to be on alert for suspicious vessels or other activity. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain, said it was aware of the British warning.


Anti-tank mine kills 14 villagers

KABUL — A roadside blast struck a pickup truck in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 14 villagers who were traveling to a provincial capital for holiday celebrations, an official said.

The explosion went off near a village five miles west of Tirin Kot, the capital of the province of Uruzgan. A spokesman for the NATO force said it was caused by an anti-tank mine.


Opera to revive canceled Mozart

BERLIN — A German opera company said yesterday it would bring back a Mozart opera canceled because of security fears over a scene featuring the severed head of the prophet Muhammad.

The Deutsche Oper Berlin said it hoped to stage two performances of the controversial Hans Neuenfels production of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” before the end of the year, after receiving a new security assessment from police.

The cancellation of four scheduled fall performances last month by opera chief Kirsten Harms followed a security warning and triggered a furious debate about free speech.


Pinochet indicted in torture case

SANTIAGO — Former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was indicted yesterday for abuses at one of his regime’s most infamous secret prisons, where President Michelle Bachelet and her mother were once held and mistreated, a lawyer said.

Judge Alejandro Solis said he would make an announcement Monday, when Mr. Pinochet “will be legally notified” of the indictment for the abuses at Villa Grimaldi.


U.S. to give up part of airspace over base

TOKYO — The United States agreed yesterday on a plan to return 40 percent of the airspace over a U.S. air base in Tokyo to Japanese control, officials said.

The return of the airspace over Yokota Air Base stretching toward Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Japan could shorten flight times to civilian airports, save fuel and help Haneda’s planned expansion in 2009.


Intelligence chief quits over nuke test

SEOUL — South Korea’s intelligence chief became the latest member of President Roh Moo-hyun’s security team to resign in the wake of North Korea’s Oct. 9 nuclear test.

Kim Seung-gyu resigned Thursday, the president’s office announced yesterday. South Korea’s point man on the North, Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok, and Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung tendered their resignations earlier in the week.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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