Chilean Court Will

Question Pinochet

SANTIAGO, Chile -- A Chilean judge will question former dictator Augusto Pinochet next week about the killings of 19 people who opposed his rule, a high-level court source said Tuesday.

The court-ordered interrogation will be the first time the retired general, 88, has been forced to answer questions about human rights abuses since the country's Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial in a different case.

The court stripped Pinochet of his immunity from prosecution on Thursday in a case involving the deaths of 19 Chileans in the mid-1970s as part of Operation Condor, a joint effort by South American dictators to wipe out dissidents. About 3,000 people disappeared or were killed during Pinochet's 17-year rule, which ended in 1990.


* TOKYO -- Accused U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins will surrender to the U.S. military "very shortly" to face the charges against him, he said in a letter released by the Japanese government Wednesday.

In the signed letter, released by the cabinet office handling his case, Jenkins said he intended to "voluntarily report to Camp Zama," a U.S. Army base south of Tokyo.

Jenkins, 64, is accused of deserting from his U.S. Army unit in 1965 and defecting to North Korea. He arrived in Japan in July for medical treatment after being reunited in Indonesia with his Japanese wife, who was kidnapped by North Korean agents in 1978 and repatriated in 2002. The United States has held off pressing its case against Jenkins while he is in the hospital.

* SRINAGAR, India -- Militants threw a grenade near a crowded bus stop in Indian Kashmir on Tuesday, killing a schoolteacher and wounding 22 people just days before India and Pakistan were to hold more talks to resolve a dispute over the region.

Police said that the guerrillas aimed the grenade at a police patrol in Pulwama, in southern Kashmir, but that it exploded on the street instead, wounding people waiting for buses.

The Americas

* BUENOS AIRES -- Hundreds of protesters sparred with police and burned tires while IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was meeting with Argentine officials on his first visit to the financially crippled country.

Riot police fired tear gas at the protesters, who were a mix of radical political groups and unemployed workers.

* CHAMPERICO, Guatemala -- At least seven people were killed and 15 injured in a battle between riot police and peasants armed with assault weapons at a Guatemalan ranch.

Witnesses said about 2,000 police officers were sent to the Nueva Linda cattle ranch, near the town of Champerico in southern Guatemala, to evict occupying peasants. The police were met by an estimated 3,000 peasants, some armed with AK-47 assault rifles, radio reports said.

The Middle east

* TEHRAN -- Iran said it had arrested a group of spies, including several who passed the country's nuclear secrets to its foes, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi did not name any of those arrested but said members of the Mujaheddin Khalq, an armed opposition group, were the main players in the spy operation.


* PARIS -- Police have new evidence against a man detained in connection with an arson attack on the Jewish community center where he worked as a volunteer, judicial officials said.

The blaze in eastern Paris on Aug. 22 was initially believed to have been motivated by anti-Semitism. On Monday, however, officials held a 52-year-old Jewish man for questioning.

-- From News Services