Morocco Is Said to Have

Lost Track of Militants

MADRID -- Moroccan authorities have warned Spain that they have lost track of 400 suspected militants who trained in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Most of the suspects in the March 11 bombings of four commuter trains in Madrid are Moroccan. About 600 Moroccans were known to have trained in Afghanistan in camps sponsored by Osama bin Laden, the daily El Pais newspaper reported, quoting unidentified sources close to police and judicial officials. Moroccan authorities, however, know the whereabouts of only 200 of them, El Pais said.

Moroccan authorities gave the warning to Judge Baltasar Garzon, Spain's leading al Qaeda expert, in Rabat earlier this month, El Pais said, citing a person who was present at the meeting.

Garzon earlier told a Spanish parliamentary commission investigating the Madrid bombings that about 100 cells linked to al Qaeda were in Morocco and were capable of staging suicide attacks in Europe.


* DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Workers and volunteers frantically stacked sandbags to protect Bangladesh's capital from rising water, and a crowded boat ferrying villagers across floodwaters capsized in northeastern India, killing at least 10 people. Rivers around the capital, Dhaka, burst their banks, leaving 40 percent of the city under water. The death toll in both countries rose to more than 760, with about 200 deaths in Bangladesh.


* MEXICO CITY -- Many Mexicans criticized a special prosecutor for accusing a former president of genocide, with some saying the charges did not fit the crime. Others questioned a judge's decision to reject the case.

Special prosecutor Ignacio Carrillo argued that dozens were killed on June 10, 1971, when security forces attacked protesters with sticks and guns, and that the crime fit a 1967 Mexican law outlawing genocide.

Judge Julio Cesar Flores Rodriguez disagreed, and many in Mexico said the charges against former president Luis Echeverria, accused of ordering the attack, devalued the term "genocide."

"This was the wrong way to do this," said former national security adviser Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, who had suggested that President Vicente Fox form a truth commission rather than prosecute former leaders.

* OTTAWA -- Canadian officials said they were not satisfied with an Iranian court's acquittal of a man accused of killing Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi and said penalties against Iran were being considered.

Intelligence Ministry agent Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi was cleared of "semi-intentional murder" for lack of evidence. Kazemi was detained a year ago after taking photos of a Tehran prison and died from a blow to the head while in detention.

"Canada continues to insist that justice be done," Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said in a statement. "The process has to be both transparent and credible."

* CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez said that his security forces were investigating opponents suspected of planning violence to disrupt next month's recall referendum on his rule.

"We have begun to conduct raids, to decommission weapons and explosives. We are conducting intelligence operations," the president said in his weekly broadcast.

Chavez's comments came after former president Carlos Andres Perez said in a newspaper interview that the referendum would fail and that violence was the only way for the opposition to get rid of Chavez.

* MEXICO CITY -- Cuban and Mexican ambassadors returned to their posts here and in Havana, marking the end of a three-month diplomatic spat between the government of President Fidel Castro and the country that was once its strongest ally in Latin America.


* VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia -- A senior Chechen police officer was killed in a car bombing, a year after his son was shot dead in front of fellow students, officials said.

Yaragi Nikayev, an investigator with a police unit on organized crime in Chechnya and surrounding regions, died when his car exploded after he tried to start it, the Interfax news agency reported. Nikayev's wife was injured in the early morning blast in the Chechen capital, Grozny.


* ANKARA, Turkey -- A passenger train slammed into a minibus rushing to cross railroad tracks in western Turkey, killing 15 people returning from a wedding party and injuring four, days after the deadly derailment of a Turkish express train.

-- From News Services