Musharraf: Location

Of Bin Laden Unknown

* ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan's president said there were no reliable reports on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, and anyone who believed that the al Qaeda chief was in his country should disclose his location.

The comments by Gen. Pervez Musharraf came more than a week after the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, claimed that bin Laden and the fugitive Taliban chief, Mohammad Omar, were not in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad did not say where the two were believed to be hiding.

"There are a lot of people who say that Osama bin Laden is here in Pakistan," Musharraf said Saturday in Islamabad before leaving for an official visit to Saudi Arabia. "Please come and show us where he is or tell us where he is. We will act on such information."


* HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Hundreds of homes have been built in Zimbabwe's capital to replace some of the thousands destroyed in a widely criticized official "cleanup" campaign, the government said ahead of a planned visit by a United Nations envoy.

President Robert Mugabe earlier scorned Western "demonization" of his five-week program, called Operation Murambatsvina, or "Drive Out Trash," which has left between 200,000 and 1.5 million Zimbabweans without homes or livelihoods.

* VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda -- Rwanda's president joined villagers and conservation workers on the edges of this national park to name 30 rare mountain gorilla babies, in what the country hopes will be an annual ceremony highlighting one of its biggest tourist attractions.

* NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Mauritanian authorities have seized documents they say were used by Islamic militants in the West African nation to "justify terrorism" and which also give practical tips on staging attacks.

The interior minister of the former French colony, where an Islamic fundamentalist group allied to al Qaeda killed 15 soldiers this month, displayed the documents during a news conference Friday.

* ALGIERS -- An Algerian Islamic rebel wanted in Germany for kidnapping 32 European tourists in the Sahara desert in 2003, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for helping to create a terrorist group.

Amari Saifi, deputy head of the al Qaeda-aligned Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, was convicted in a court in Algiers of creating an armed terrorist group and spreading terror among the population.

In the same trial, three Algerians were acquitted and two received three years in prison, the presiding judge said.


* SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgaria's Socialists claimed victory over the ruling centrists in elections, but early results showed they would be struggling to form a government and steer the Balkan country into the European Union in 2007.

With about 10 percent of the vote counted, the Socialists had won 31 percent vs. 24 percent for former king Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha's National Movement for Simeon II -- results that closely reflected exit polls.

* MADRID -- A bomb exploded in the parking lot of a Madrid sports stadium, the centerpiece of the city's 2012 Olympics bid, after a warning in the name of Basque guerrillas ETA, the Spanish government said.

There were no injuries, a government statement said.

* ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin assured U.S. executives of Russia's commitment to free markets during a meeting at his palatial St. Petersburg residence.

Putin's guests included News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips, James Mulva, and IBM's chairman Samuel Palmisano. On Sunday, a similarly high-powered group of top German businessmen were to visit.

Putin was aiming to reassure investors amid signs that the Russian economy was flagging, after years of soaring growth due largely to oil exports.


* TOKYO -- Sunday will mark the fifth anniversary since the start of volcanic eruptions of Mt. Oyama on Japan's Miyake Island. The eruptions led to the evacuation of all the island's residents for more than four years.

-- From News Services