Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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WORLD BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA U.S. Demands Journalist's Release

The United States said Monday that American journalist David Rohde had been jailed on trumped-up charges by a Bosnian Serb "kangaroo court," and demanded his immediate release.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns accused the Serbs of "utterly irresponsible" handling of the case. Rohde, 28, is the Christian Science Monitor reporter who broke the story of a suspected massacre of Muslims by Serbs near the U.N. "safe haven" of Srebrenica.

Rohde disappeared after entering Serb-held territory Oct. 29; Sunday, the United Nations said he was serving a 15-day sentence for falsifying documents. Burns said a U.S. representative met with Rohde for 90 minutes Sunday and found him in relatively good health, but failed to persuade the Serbs to release him. Reuters FRANCE Algerian Charged In Paris Bombing

An Algerian suspected of coordinating a wave of terrorist attacks in France was charged Monday in a Paris bombing that injured 13 people.

Anti-terrorist Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere charged Boualem Bensaid, 28, with attempted murder, destruction of property, violation of laws regulating explosives and association with a terrorist organization. The charges stem from a bombing near the Maison Blanche subway station Oct. 6.

Sources close to the investigation said they expect Bensaid to be charged with other bombings, including the Oct. 17 bombing of a subway train near the Musee d'Orsay station in Paris.

A second Algerian, Omar Allaoui, was also charged Monday with attempted murder in the Musee d'Orsay attack. AP CANADA Failure Of Security Perplexes Police

Embarrassed officials of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police offered no explanation Monday for the security breakdown that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to reach the door to the prime minister's bedroom.

Prime Minister Jean Chretien's wife, Aline, confronted the intruder early Sunday, shut and locked the door, and summoned police. …

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