Bali Gathering Marks
Deadly 2002 Bombings
BALI, Indonesia -- Survivors and relatives of those killed in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings gathered at the site of the attacks Wednesday to remember the 202 people killed and to send a defiant message to the al Qaeda-linked terrorists who allegedly carried them out.
Snipers were deployed on buildings and thousands of troops were stationed at beaches, resorts and businesses close to the site where militants blew up two packed nightclubs on Oct. 12, 2002.
Fewer than 200 people turned out Wednesday in part because of tensions following the Oct. 1 bombings in Bali that killed 20 people, in addition to the three attackers.
On Tuesday, police confirmed the arrest of a man who allegedly shared a rented house with a bomber in this month's attacks. But on Wednesday, police played down the arrest. Bali police chief I Made Pastika said the 45-year-old construction worker was "a zero, not even a small fish."
* LONDON -- British police arrested 19 people on human-smuggling charges Tuesday in early morning raids against what authorities called a large multinational organization that brought tens of thousands of Turkish Kurds into Britain illegally in recent years.
The operation, involving more than 200 police officers and a dozen London homes and businesses, was Britain's largest against a human-smuggling network, said Bill Skelly, Scotland Yard's detective chief superintendent. Skelly said the two-year probe involved authorities in France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark.
The network was allegedly run by eight Turkish-born British residents who were arrested in the operation, Skelly said. The immigrants normally traveled in groups of up to 20, often hidden in the backs of trucks carrying cargo across Europe, he said. Others came on ferries, planes and private cars, Skelly said.
Such smuggling has been a serious problem for years. In 2000, 58 illegal Chinese immigrants suffocated in the back of a truck attempting to enter Britain.
-- Mary Jordan
* PARIS -- Police detained a former French ambassador to the United Nations for questioning Monday in a corruption inquiry over the U.N.-run oil-for-food program in Iraq, a judicial source said. Jean-Bernard Merimee, 68, was France's U.N. ambassador from 1991 to 1995.
* WARSAW -- Polish presidential candidate Lech Kaczynski fired his campaign manager Tuesday for saying the family of rival Donald Tusk had ties to Nazi Germany's army during World War II. Kaczynski, a social conservative, trailed free-market enthusiast Tusk after Sunday's vote. The two will face each other in a runoff on Oct. 23.
THE MIDDLE EAST
* CAIRO -- Thousands of Islamic students from across Egypt held a rally at Cairo University, calling for greater freedom on campuses and in national politics. Egyptians go to the polls in stages starting Nov. 9 to elect a new parliament.
* DOHA, Qatar -- Qatar has taken another step toward boosting ties with Israel, donating $6 million to help build a soccer stadium for a mixed Arab-Jewish team, the first such funding by an Arab state for any town inside Israel, officials said. The stadium will be in the northern Israeli Arab town of Sakhnin.
-- From Staff Reports
and News Services