Saudi Security Forces Hunt

For Escaped Hostage-Takers

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia -- Security forces on Monday continued to hunt for three hostage-takers who escaped after a weekend assault on a residential complex. Twenty-two people, most of them foreign oil industry workers, were killed.

The attackers fled Khobar to nearby Dammam, where they abandoned their truck, commandeered a car at gunpoint and drove off with police in pursuit, a police official said.

A fourth militant, described as the ringleader, was captured Sunday after hundreds of Saudi security forces stormed the compound.


* ISTANBUL -- The trial of 69 suspected members of a Turkish al Qaeda cell accused in a string of suicide bombings in Istanbul last November was postponed after the court ruled that it did not have the authority to hear the case.

In May, parliament abolished state security courts like the one assigned to this trial, but that order does not take effect for about another month. The reform was approved as part of Turkey's bid to join the European Union.


* SAINT CATHARINES, Ontario -- Montreal Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, regarded as a liberal in the divisive dispute over homosexuality, was elected as the new leader of the Anglican Church of Canada.

* RIO DE JANEIRO -- Prison inmates ended a three-day riot in which one guard was killed and nine were people injured, releasing 21 hostages and handing over their arms.

* MEXICO CITY -- An administration review of the killings of scores of women in Ciudad Juarez is expected to blame state authorities for botching the effort so badly that in many of the cases the killers may never be identified.

Federal authorities, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the report is expected to point to shoddy detective work hampered by widespread corruption and complicity by state and municipal authorities.


* FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- A U.N.-backed court ruled that ousted Liberian leader Charles Taylor is not immune from prosecution for war crimes. He is accused of backing Sierra Leone's rebels in a brutal civil war.


* TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- A detainee who died in jail this month showed no signs of torture, a Canadian forensic expert said, casting doubt on a report by Human Rights Watch, which reported the May 21 death of Andrei Shelkovenko as the fifth "torture death" it had documented in the past year.


* MOEDLING, Austria -- Five people drowned when a boat carrying elderly German and Belgian tourists overturned on Europe's largest underground lake, officials said.

-- From News Services