Terror suspect had D.C. sites’ photos
LONDON — Police charged three men with a variety of terrorism offenses after searches turned up a recipe for rocket propellant in the home of one of them and images of Washington in another, authorities said yesterday.
Waseem Mughal and Younis Tsouli, both 22, and Tariq Al-Daour, 19 — all from the London area — made a brief appearance at Bow Street Magistrates Court in London, speaking only to confirm their names and ages.
Court papers said police found a video on the hard drive of Mr. Tsouli’s computer showing how to make a car bomb, and another showing a number of places in Washington.
A DVD in Mr. Mughal’s bedroom was titled “Martyrdom Operations Vest,” and he reportedly possessed information about a recipe for rocket propellant.
Annan cancels trip over Israel remark
NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan canceled his forthcoming trip to Tehran after the Iranian president’s call to “wipe Israel off the map,” the United Nations said yesterday.
Mr. Annan had planned to visit the Iranian capital in mid-November during a swing through the Middle East beginning next week, presumably to talk about Iran’s nuclear policy.
Five detainees return from Guantanamo
KUWAIT — Five Kuwaitis held at a U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, returned home yesterday after more than three years’ captivity and will face a local court, an Interior Ministry official said.
The five were among about 500 held at the base since the 2001 U.S.-led war that ousted al Qaeda from Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks.
Nearby Bahrain said three Bahraini Guantanamo detainees, including a member of the Gulf Arab state’s royal family, would be released today.
Japan, N. Korea talks end without accord
BEIJING — Two days of talks between Japanese and North Korean officials ended yesterday without agreement on the North’s demands for compensation for colonial-era oppression or answers to Tokyo’s questions about the abduction of its citizens by Pyongyang’s spies.
The two sides did say they would meet again to discuss their obstacles to forming diplomatic relations following their first full-scale talks in more than a year. The talks were held in the Chinese capital.
Theater fire causes panic in towers
KUALA LUMPUR — A fire in a movie complex in Malaysia’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers late yesterday triggered panic among patrons who fled screaming and coughing in the thick, acrid smoke, witnesses said. No serious injuries were reported.
About 800 people rushed from the 13-screen Tanjong Golden Village facility on the third floor of the Suria KLCC shopping mall in the towers shortly before midnight after smoke engulfed hallways, foyers and the cinemas, witnesses said.
The glass-and-steel Petronas Twin Towers, once the world’s tallest before being upstaged by a building in Taiwan, are located in downtown Kuala Lumpur and are Malaysia’s most famous landmark.
60 killed as ferry capsizes in sea
ISLAMABAD — A ferry overloaded with people heading to a memorial for three drowned boaters capsized yesterday in the Arabian Sea off southern Pakistan, killing about 60 people, officials said.
Five persons who managed to swim to shore notified authorities. The accident occurred near the remote coastal town of Kharo Chao, about 110 miles southeast of the port city of Karachi.
From wire dispatches and staff reports