Jordan Terror Suspects

Say They Were Tortured

AMMAN, Jordan -- Fourteen men who earlier admitted plotting terrorist attacks and sparking riots that killed six people in southern Jordan testified Sunday that they were tortured into confessing. The men then pleaded not guilty before a military court.

Mohammad Ahmad Chalabi, accused of leading a 108-member cell that allegedly plotted to strike in the southern city of Maan, said he committed no acts of terrorism and was innocent of the accusations against him.

"Interrogators forced me to sign a guilty confession under beating and torture," Chalabi testified.

His statement echoed testimony by the other 13 alleged cell members in custody.


* ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Two men were charged in connection with the disappearance last week of an Alabama teenager who was visiting the island with classmates to celebrate their high school graduation, Aruba's attorney general said.

Authorities on the Dutch Caribbean island also requested a special diving team from the FBI, said Attorney General Caren Janssen.

The arrests came nearly a week after 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared during a five-day trip to Aruba with more than 100 other classmates.


* BEIJING -- Flooding has devastated villages and crops in southern China, killing at least 204 people and leaving another 79 missing at the start of the summer flood season, the government said.

* TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will continue his annual visits to a war shrine that also honors war criminals, a close aide said, despite furious objections from China and other Asian countries that the visits glorify Japan's past military brutality.

* SYDNEY -- A Chinese diplomat seeking asylum in Australia is lying to stay in the country, Chinese Consul General Qiu Shaofang said.

Chen Yonglin, 37, has said spies began hunting him after he aided pro-democracy supporters and criticized Beijing.


* ANKARA, Turkey -- Kurdish rebels have killed four Turkish soldiers in a clash in southeastern Turkey, officials said.

The clash occurred near the city of Tunceli, the Anatolia news agency reported, citing the governor's office. It was not clear when the fighting took place.


* BUJUMBURA, Burundi -- Burundi's former main rebel group claimed victory in elections that will determine the makeup of parliament's upper chamber, but authorities ordered repeat balloting in five areas hit by violence that killed one person.

* NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Algerian insurgents attacked an army base in this vast country's northern desert, setting off a gun battle that left at least 24 people dead.

-- From News Services

Japanese Premier Junichiro Koizumi