Terror suspect jailed in Yemen
SAN'A, Yemen - A Yemeni American on the FBI's most-wanted list of terror suspects was jailed in Yemen after an appeals court upheld his 10-year prison sentence, officials said yesterday.
Washington had offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to Jaber Elbaneh's arrest, but Yemeni law forbade his extradition even after police arrested him in 2004.
Elbaneh, who has been accused of belonging to al-Qaeda, was convicted of plots to attack oil installations in Yemen and of involvement in a 2002 attack on the French tanker Limburg off Yemen's coast that killed one person. Yemeni authorities had allowed Elbaneh to go free during an appeals process.
Venezuela says airspace violated
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela will summon the U.S. ambassador to explain a violation of its airspace by a U.S. military plane, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro told reporters yesterday.
The U.S. Navy plane was detected in Venezuelan airspace near the Caribbean island of La Orchila on Saturday night, and it was contacted by radio, Defense Minister Gustavo Rangel Briceno said.
A U.S. defense official said a Navy S-3 Viking plane, used for counter-narcotics missions, may have accidentally crossed into Venezuela's airspace while on a training mission. The incident could aggravate tensions between the two countries. President Hugo Chavez has repeatedly accused Washington of plotting to destabilize his government, despite U.S. denials.
Ex-vice president of Liberia testifies
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Charles Taylor's former vice president and his brief successor as Liberia's leader testified yesterday he never saw Taylor engage in cannibalism, and never heard him order his fighters to eat their slain enemies. But Moses Blah refused to rule out the possibility that Taylor ate human flesh or ordered his troops to do so.
In March, a witness told the Special Court for Sierra Leone that Taylor ordered fighters in his National Patriotic Front of Liberia to eat their enemies as a way of striking terror into his opponents. Joseph "Zigzag" Marzah, who described himself as Taylor's chief of operations, said he had sat with Taylor as he ate a human liver.
Blah, who said his own cousin was cannibalized in 1985 by forces loyal to former Liberian dictator Samuel Doe, told judges he had "never heard such an order from Mr. Taylor."
In western Nepal,
a bus carrying Buddhist pilgrims veered off a mountain road and plunged into a river, killing at least 13 people, an official said. Several more were missing and presumed drowned in the accident near Bhaluwang, about 250 miles southwest of the capital Katmandu.
A day after surrendering
to the army, Colombia's best-known female rebel commander, Nelly Avila Moreno, better known as "Karina," urged other guerrillas to follow her example and abandon their decades-long struggle.