Spain Begins Returning

Migrants to Morocco

MELILLA, Spain -- Dozens of African illegal immigrants who charged across the border into the Spanish enclave of Melilla were deported to Morocco after a week of deadly clashes, officials said Friday.

The 73 men from Mali were handcuffed and flown Thursday evening from Melilla to Algeciras, on the Spanish mainland, where they were put aboard a ferry bound for the Moroccan city of Tangiers, a police spokesman in Algeciras said.

They were the first group of immigrants to be expelled after Spanish authorities announced Wednesday that they would send back Africans who made it from Morocco to Melilla, on Morocco's north coast.

For the past week, increasing waves of men from impoverished, sub-Saharan African nations seeking entry into Europe have charged guard posts along the borders separating the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta from Morocco. Eleven people have died in the last 10 days.


* BALI, Indonesia -- Indonesian police raided a house where one of the suspected masterminds of last week's Bali bombings was believed to be hiding out, but the fugitive had fled three hours earlier, officials said.

The pre-dawn raid occurred at a house in central Java province used by Noordin Mohammed Top. Noordin, 35, is one of two Malaysians accused of planning Saturday's blasts, which killed at least 22 people, including the bombers.

* KABUL, Afghanistan -- Coalition forces who were engaged in combat with militants opened fire on a vehicle carrying Afghan police officers, killing four and wounding one. The police were not in uniform at the time of the shooting, the U.S.-led coalition said.

* DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Russia is to build an air base outside Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, officials said, in the latest sign of Moscow seeking to build its presence in ex-Soviet Central Asia. The move comes as neighboring Uzbekistan has ordered U.S. troops to leave an air base they have used since 2001 for operations in Afghanistan.


* PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue said general elections scheduled for November may be postponed to give struggling electoral authorities more time to prepare. The planned elections will be the first ballot since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled into exile in February 2004.


* LONDON -- Two British hackers were jailed for helping to spread a computer worm that affected machines around the world, including some at the U.S. Department of Defense. Jordan Bradley, 22, and Andrew Harvey, 23, were part of an international group that created the "TK worm." Harvey received six months, Bradley three.

-- From News Services