2 Arrested in Shooting

Of Taiwanese Leader

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese police said Friday they have arrested two men who might have been involved in an unexplained March 19 shooting that lightly wounded President Chen Shui-bian one day before his disputed reelection.

The men were caught with a handgun and bullets similar to those used to shoot the president, investigator Wang Chong-jong told reporters in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

But initial tests showed that the weapon and bullets were not the same as those used in the shooting, prosecutor Wang Sen-jong said.

"The gun and bullets tested today were smaller than the ones used on March 19. They didn't match," the prosecutor said.

Nevertheless, investigators suspected the men might have other weapons, and they were still looking for a possible connection with the shooting. Both men said they were innocent, police said.


* PARIS -- A rebel group in Chad said it had captured one of North Africa's most notorious terrorists, an Algerian extremist suspected in the hostage-taking of 32 European tourists last year.

Amari Saifi and nine others were apprehended after a brief firefight in March with members of the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad and were being held at an undisclosed location in a rebel-controlled zone, a rebel representative said.

Saifi, a former Algerian paratrooper also known as Abderrazak Para, is an alleged leader of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, an organization fighting to install an Islamic state in Algeria and alleged to have links to al Qaeda.

The rebels have sought to contact Algeria, France, Germany, Niger and the United States about handing over Saifi and his followers, the representative said. He added that a foreign government would have to retrieve the captives because the rebels don't have the means to transfer them.


* BANJA LUKA, Bosnia -- A special commission investigating the Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims said it has learned of three more mass graves.

U.N. and Muslim experts have found the remains of about 5,000 of the more than 7,000 men and boys who were killed and buried in mass graves around Srebrenica. Milan Bogdanic, the head of the Srebrenica Commission, said he did not know when the new graves would be exhumed.

The Americas

* SAO PAULO -- Brazil's government decided not to revoke the visa of a New York Times reporter who wrote an article suggesting President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a drinking problem. The decision came after lawyers for correspondent Larry Rohter wrote a letter to the government saying that the article was not written to offend the president.

-- From News Services