- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 9, 2008

INDONESIA

Three executed for ‘02 Bali attacks

CILACAP | Indonesia executed three Islamic militants Saturday for helping plan and carry out the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists, said lawyers and relatives.

Imam Samudra and brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Ghufron were executed at 11:20 p.m. several miles from their high-security prison on Nusakambangan island, said Qadar Faisal, one of their attorneys.

The Oct. 12, 2002, twin nightclub attacks, thought to be funded by al Qaeda and carried out by members of the Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, thrust Indonesia onto the front lines in the war on terror.

The three never expressed remorse, saying the suicide bombings were meant to punish the U.S. and its allies for purported atrocities in Afghanistan and elsewhere. They even taunted relatives of victims at their trials five years ago.

AFGHANISTAN

Canadian reporter set free unharmed

KABUL | Afghan and Canadian officials say a female Canadian journalist who had been held hostage for four weeks in Afghanistan has been freed.

Adam Khan Serat, spokesman for the provincial governor in Afghanistan’s Wardak province, said the journalist was freed after tribal elders and provincial council members negotiated her release. He said there was no ransom involved.

Mellissa Fung, a reporter for the CBC, was taken hostage Oct. 12 after reporting in a refugee camp in Kabul. She was the second abducted female journalist to be released in two days. On Friday, a Dutch journalist kidnapped just outside of Kabul was freed unharmed after a week in captivity.

HAITI

Death toll climbs in school collapse

PETIONVILLE | Rescuers digging through a collapsed school in Haiti pulled more bodies from sandwiched slabs of concrete, raising the death toll to 75 on Saturday as crews continued searching for survivors.

President Rene Preval said poor construction, including a lack of steel reinforcement, was to blame for Friday’s collapse of the concrete College La Promesse in Petionville. Roughly 500 children and teenagers typically crowded into the three-story building.

Mr. Preval told the Associated Press that structures throughout Haiti are at similar risk because of poor construction and a lack of government oversight.

BANGLADESH

Troops put on alert along Burma border

DHAKA | Bangladesh said it put border guards on alert Saturday because it had information that neighboring Burma was amassing troops after talks on oil and gas exploration in disputed seas off their coasts ended inconclusively, officials said.

Both countries claim areas in the Bay of Bengal that are thought to contain oil and gas reserves. Bangladesh has been angered because of recent moves by Burma, also known as Myanmar, to begin prospecting in some of those areas.

SPAIN

Asylum refused for bin Laden’s son

MADRID | Spain rejected a final appeal for asylum by a son of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and put him on a plane bound for Egypt, the Interior Ministry and a lawyer for the man said Saturday.

Omar Osama bin Laden and his British wife left Spain on a commercial flight Saturday afternoon, the day after his final appeal for asylum was rejected.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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