- The Washington Times - Monday, April 12, 2010


Police arrest 6 suspected of terrorism

ATHENS | Police have arrested six people suspected of links to the country’s leading far-left extremist group Revolutionary Struggle, authorities said Sunday.

“The suspects will be taken to a prosecutor for participation in the activities of terrorist group Revolutionary Struggle,” police spokesman Thanassis Kokkalakis told reporters.

He said police raids on the suspects’ homes had produced “a large amount” of potential evidence. At one home in rural Kalyvia, east of Athens, police found a computer hard drive containing proclamations on past attacks by the group, and a draft text and area notes on upcoming strikes.

Those arrested were five men ages 30 to 39 and a 41-year-old woman, Mr. Kokkalakis said.


Voters expected to usher in right

BUDAPEST | Hungarians voted Sunday in a general election that looked likely to bring the right-wing Fidesz party back to power, while giving a far-right group its first ticket into parliament.

About 8.3 million Hungarians are eligible to vote, with surveys predicting a stunning victory for Fidesz as well as the entry to the national parliament of the far-right Jobbik party, known for its anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Fidesz leader Viktor Orban, who served as prime minister from 1998 to 2002, cast his ballot in the first-round vote at an elementary school in Budapest. He was accompanied by his wife and two of their five children.


Serbs remember ‘Croatia’s Auschwitz’

BANJA LUKA | About 2,000 people on Sunday paid tribute to the mainly Serb victims of a notorious Croatian World War II concentration camp in northwestern Bosnia.

A ceremony held in the former Jasenovac camp, known as “Croatia’s Auschwitz,” marked the 65th anniversary of an escape attempt by about 600 inmates. About 90 of them have survived.

The ceremony started with a memorial service for the victims and was attended by survivors, members of the victims’ families, top Bosnian Serb officials as well as Serbian President Boris Tadic, SRNA news agency reported.


Mourners pay tribute to Wagner grandson

BAYREUTH | About 1,500 people, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have paid tribute to Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of Richard Wagner and longtime leader of the Bayreuth opera festival.

Wolfgang Wagner died on March 21 at age 90. He led the festival dedicated to his grandfather’s works from 1951 until 2008.

Sunday’s memorial service at the opera house built by the composer featured music from “Lohengrin,” “Goetterdaemmerung” and “Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg,” directed by star German conductor Christian Thielemann.

The German news agency DAPD reported that Wagner’s daughters, Katharina and Eva — the new festival directors — attended the memorial, along with his sister Verena.

Bavarian Gov. Horst Seehofer said Wagner’s “life’s work will endure.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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