38 Arrested in Dutch Raid

Of Suspected Terror Camps

AMSTERDAM -- Dutch authorities on Friday raided a camp suspected of training Kurdish guerrillas for terrorist attacks in Turkey and arrested 38 people, officials said.

About 200 police officers descended on sites across the south of the Netherlands, including a camp in the village of Liempde where "it appeared around 20 people were receiving training to prepare them for the armed struggle of the PKK in Turkey, including terrorist attacks," prosecutors said.

The PKK, or Kurdistan Workers' Party, has fought for 20 years for a Kurdish homeland in southeastern Turkey. The European Union calls it a "terrorist organization."


* MOSCOW -- Supporters of a candidate in a disputed election in Georgia's separatist Abkhazian region stormed government buildings, and one protester was killed in the melee, Russian news media reported. Thousands of supporters of presidential hopeful Sergei Bagapsh seized control of buildings in the Abkhazi capital, Sukhumi. The crowd dispersed after Bagapsh arrived and called for a peaceful solution.

Election officials and a court declared Bagapsh the winner, but rival Raul Khadzhimba called for a new vote.

* PARIS -- A Venezuelan man stole a policeman's gun while handcuffed and opened fire at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, injuring an officer and two security guards, officials said. The incident occurred as the man was being held for trying to enter a restricted area.


* KABUL, Afghanistan -- Kidnappers threatening to kill three foreign U.N. workers in Afghanistan complained that the government had yet to free 26 Taliban prisoners as part of a deal they said it made to secure the trio's release.

Sabir Momin, a commander of Jaish-e-Muslimeen, or Army of Muslims, said the Taliban splinter faction was considering withdrawing better conditions it had provided to the hostages.

The three were abducted in Kabul on Oct. 28 after helping organize the country's presidential election. The Afghan government and United Nations have declined to comment on the alleged release deal.

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* PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Prime Minister Gerard Latortue said he had ordered his justice minister to obtain an arrest warrant on corruption charges against the ousted president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Latortue, installed as the head of an interim government after the bloody rebellion that forced Aristide into exile at the end of February, made the announcement as he formed a committee to investigate possible acts of corruption by the Aristide government.

Latortue said if the warrant was not issued by Monday, he would set a deadline. "This is something we should have done a long time ago," he said.

-- From News Services