Russia Asks the U.N.
To Create Terrorist List
UNITED NATIONS -- Russia, which argues that its war in Chechnya is part of the global fight against terrorism, proposed Thursday that the U.N. Security Council establish a new blacklist of terror suspects that calls for the extradition of anyone on it.
The Russians circulated a draft Security Council resolution asking a committee that monitors what governments are doing to fight terrorism to consider how to create a list of "individuals, groups and entities involved in or associated with terrorist activities."
The resolution also asked the committee to consider punishments against targets of the list, including an arms embargo, freezing financial assets, imposing travel bans and "expedited extradition of anyone named in the list."
* BRUSSELS -- Turkey's bid to join the European Union was back on course after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan backed down in a battle with the bloc over attempts to ban adultery in his Muslim nation.
The E.U.'s executive commission all but guaranteed Erdogan that its crucial report on Turkey's readiness to start accession talks, due on Oct. 6, would now be positive.
* LONDON -- After 15 years of bitter arguments, Britain agreed to open a public inquiry into the assassination of Patrick Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who specialized in defending Irish Republican Army suspects.
Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy confirmed that he would introduce legislation permitting a fact-finding commission to look into allegations that intelligence officers from the Northern Ireland police and British army colluded with the killers.
Finucane was shot 14 times in the head on Feb. 12, 1989, in front of his family as they sat down to a meal in their Belfast home.
* LONDON -- A 15-year-old Missouri girl who came to Britain without telling her parents was found safe near Loch Ness in Scotland, police said.
Jing Wen Chen of Rolla, Mo., arrived Monday in London on a flight from Philadelphia, police said. Police said she had apparently used her mother's credit card to pay for the ticket.
* SAN SALVADOR -- Imprisoned gang members enraged by a tough new anti-crime law rioted and seized about 100 hostages at two Salvadoran prisons.
* MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has detained two men thought to be from the Middle East on suspicion of having links to terrorists, Mexico's attorney general said.
The men, deported from Costa Rica and held in Mexico this week for traveling with false passports, are Jordanians who may have been trying to enter the United States, local press reports said.
* RIO DE JANEIRO -- Motorcycle gunmen shot and killed a notorious former drug baron as he drove to work from prison, police said.
Jose Carlos dos Reis Encina, also known as "Escadinha" ("Stepladder") for his daring escape from a top security prison in a helicopter in 1985, was serving a 50-year sentence in a prison on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He was allowed to leave during the day to work.
* PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria -- Rebel fighters in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta will attack oil wells and pipelines if the army does not halt assaults on their forces, a rebel commander said.
* HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai accused President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe of trying to ram through cosmetic electoral reforms ahead of next year's vote. Tsvangirai said his party would not support the reforms.
Tsvangirai said his Movement for Democratic Change was preparing to fight parliamentary elections set for March but would run only if the government implemented "real" reforms to ensure a free and fair poll.
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* JERUSALEM -- World Episcopalian leaders are recommending that the church withdraw investments from Israel to pressure the country to ease the "draconian conditions" imposed on the Palestinians, a church official said.
Those recommending divestment include church leaders from the United States, Australia and New Zealand, said Nancy Dinsmore, director of development for the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
-- From News Services