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6           WORLD                                                                                                                                                                                                 SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2010

    Anglican leader laments
                                                    Obama ties failed plane       US school official
                                                    attack to Al-Qaeda, suspect among victims of
    ‘terrible and grueling’ decade
    LONDON: The world had endured a
    “terrible and grueling” past decade, the
    Archbishop of Canterbury said in a New

                                                    equipped by Islamic militants Mexican violence
    Year message Friday that called for coop-
    eration to tackle issues like extremism
    and global warming. Rowan Williams,
    the leader of the world’s 77 million An-
    glicans, added though that people should
    not give up on the “hope for change” or                                                                                                                                             DURANGO, Mexico: The bodies of six men - including a
    “shrug our shoulders and lower our ex-
                                                        HONOLULU: US President Barack Obama said it ap-                                                                             California educator - were found in the north-central Mexican
    pectations”. It had been a “terrible and
    grueling 10 years in all kinds of ways”,        peared the suspect who tried to bomb a Detroit-bound plane             Oxford                         Richmond                      Oxford                           Richmond
                                                                                                                                                                                    state of Durango, hours after they had been abducted from a
    he said, stressing the global nature of         over Christmas was a member of Al-Qaeda and had been                                                                            nearby restaurant, the man’s relatives said Friday.
    many of today’s concerns. “The truth is         trained and equipped by the Islamic militant network.                                                                               “He was needlessly and senselessly murdered,” said Carlos
                                                                                                                                            MICHIGAN                                                       MICHIGAN
    that there are fewer and fewer problems             Defending his administration’s counterterrorism efforts                                                                     Salcedo, 37, about his brother, Augustin Roberto “Bobby” Sal-
    in our world that are just local. “Suffering    amid scathing Republican criticism, Obama said he received                                                                      cedo, of El Monte, east of Los Angeles.
    and risk spread across boundaries, even         preliminary results of the reviews he ordered into air travel                                                                       Bobby Salcedo, 33, had traveled with his wife to visit her
    that biggest of all boundaries between          screening procedures and a “terrorist watch-list system” and                                                                    family in Gomez Palacio, his brother said. They were eating
    the rich and the poor. Crises don’t stop at     expected final results in the days to come.                                           Al-Qaida link in                                              Al-Qaida when in
                                                                                                                                                                                    in a restaurant Wednesday night link armed men barged in,
                                                                                                                                         failed plane attack                                           failed plane attack
    national frontiers. “It’s one thing that ter-       Obama, who is on vacation in Hawaii, had called for an                                                                      forced everyone onto the floor and abducted all six men who
    rorism and environmental challenge and          immediate study of what he termed “human and systemic                                                                           were in the party, Carlos Salcedo told CNN in a telephone
    epidemic disease have taught us.” -AFP          failures” that allowed 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk                                                                         interview.
                                                    Abdulmutallab to get on a Northwest Airlines flight from                                                                             At 7 a.m. Friday, police notified his sister-in-law that they had
    Chad president makes                            Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25 allegedly with ex-                 Detroit                                                       Detroit
                                                                                                                                                                                    found her husband’s body in a local ravine with bullet wounds to
                                                    plosives in his clothes.                                                                                                        the head and chest, he said.
    New Year peace plea to rebels                       “The investigation into the Christmas Day incident con-                                                   Lake St.                                                        Lake a violent act,
                                                                                                                                                                                        “All indications are that this was just random, St.
    NDJAMENA: Chad’s President Idriss
                                                    tinues, and we’re learning more about the suspect,” Obama
                                                    said in his weekly radio and Internet address, released on
                                                                                                                                                                    Clair                                                            Clair
                                                                                                                                                                                    just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he told
                                                                                                                                                                                    reporters in El Monte.
    Deby Itno called Friday on rebel forces in      Friday local time.                                                                                                                  “What we really want to do is just shed a light on this inci-
    the troubled central African nation to lay
    down their weapons, saying constant con-            “It appears that he joined an affiliate of al Qaeda, and                                       Windsor                                                      Windsor
                                                                                                                                                                                    dent and the senseless, violent acts that are happening across the
    flict was hindering development. “War            that this group - al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - trained                                                                   border from us and really just put a spotlight on this and make
                                                    him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to                                                                     sure that we find justice.”
    is not the solution,” the president in his
    New Year address. “Today, conditions are        attack that plane headed for America,” Obama said.                                                    CANADA                                                          CANADA
                                                                                                                                                                                        “He was a brilliant, a bright star for our community, and
    more than ripe for everyone to satisfy              The president’s comments were his most explicit to date                                                                     he as taken from us,” said El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero of
    their political ambitions through the bal-      tying the suspect with the Al-Qaeda group.                                                               Leamington                                                     Leamington
                                                                                                                                                                                    Salcedo, who served on the city school district board. “He was
    lot box.” The landlocked nation is rich in          Republicans have accused Obama, a Democrat, of mis-                                                                         stolen from us and now we need to hold them accountable for
    natural resources but has been blighted         handling the incident and not doing enough to prevent at-                                                                       what they did.”
    by violence and instability. In February        tacks on the United States.                                                                                                         A man who answered the phone at Gomez Palacio’s Secre-
    last year, rebels swept across the whole of         Appearing on the defensive, Obama used much of his              Monroe                                 0        10 mi       tariat of Protection and Roads said no one was 10 mi Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                     Monroe                                    0        available
    south Chad to Ndjamena in a week and            address to outline his administration’s actions to keep the                                                                     to discuss the matter.
    were only defeated with French help. But
    Deby, who took power in a 1990 military
                                                    country safe, including withdrawing troops from Iraq,                             Lake Erie                0      10 km                          Lake Erie
                                                                                                                                                                                        Violence in Mexico has been heightened10 km years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               0         in recent
                                                    boosting troop levels in Afghanistan and strengthening ties                                                                     by drug-related disputes. The country ended 2009 with a re-
    coup but has since been democratically
                                                    with Yemen, where the suspect spent time before the at-                                                                         cord number of drug-related deaths, exceeding the record tally
    elected, insisted Friday that the country’s
                                                                                                                     Map locates Detroit where plane passenger set off anAP
                                                                                                                     SOURCE: ESRI                                           ex-   SOURCE: ESRI
                                                                                                                                                                                    reached in 2008, unofficial counts indicate.                AP
    rebel movements had no future and ac-                                                                            plosive device Friday in failed terrorist attack. (AP)
    cused them of acting as “a brake on the             Obama has summoned US intelligence chiefs to a meet-                                                                            The government has not released official figures, but national
    country’s development”. -AP                     ing next week at the White House to discuss how to prevent       official briefed on the intelligence.                           media say 7,600 Mexicans lost their lives in the war on drugs in
                                                    a repeat of the attempted airplane bombing.                          The CIA first learned of Abdulmutallab in November,         2009. Mexican President Felipe Calderon said earlier this year
                                                        US intelligence and counterterrorism officials, speak-        when his father came to the US Embassy in Nigeria and    Editor’s Note: Mexicans died in drug violence in 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                    that 6,500 It is mandatory to include all
    Kinshasa plans new offensive                    ing this week on condition of anonymity, said spy agencies       sought help in finding him, a spokesman said.                       The accompany this graphic when
                                                                                                                                                                              sources thatvast majority of the deaths have been among criminals,
    against Rwandan rebels                          picked up important information about Abdulmutallab, and
                                                    about the intentions of Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen, in the
                                                                                                                         The agency said it then worked with the embassy to add
                                                                                                                     Abdulmutallab and his possible Yemeni contacts to the US
                                                                                                                                                                                    not civilians, Calderon and other Mexican officials have said re-
                                                                                                                                                                              repurposing or editing it for publication
    KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of                months before the attempted bombing.                             terrorism database and forwarded biographical information          Though the family has received no official word about wheth-
    Congo forces are to mount a new offen-
    sive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the
                                                        The intelligence trail began at least four months ago,
                                                    when the US National Security Agency intercepted commu-
                                                                                                                    <AP> DETROIT PLANE 122509: Map locates Detroit, where a plane
                                                                                                                     about him to the National Counterterrorism Center.
                                                                                                                         Although worrying, a US intelligence official said, the
                                                                                                                                                                                    er the killing was related to drugs, “We imagine it had something
                                                                                                                                                                                    to do with it,” Salcedo’s sister, Griselda, said in a telephone in-
    east of the country with the backing of         nications between Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen discussing the      passenger set off an explosive device Friday in a failed terrorist attack;
                                                                                                                     information the CIA received about Abdulmutallab was           terview. -Reuters
    UN troops, a Congolese army officer
                                                                                                                    1c x 2 3/4 inches; 47 mm x 72 mm; with related stories; AGP; ETA 9 p.m.
                                                    possibility of using a “Nigerian” bomber, according to one       sketchy. -Reuters
    said Friday. The operation dubbed Am-
    ani Leo, or Peace Now in Swahili, aims
    to complete an operation launched in                                                                            </AP>

                                                    Spain takes over European Union presidency
    February last year, which was reported to
    have claimed hundreds of civilian lives,
    Major Sylvain Ekenge told AFP. Ekenge,
    spokesman for the military in Nord-Kivu
    province, said the aim was to “completely
    eradicate” the Democratic Forces for the
    Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels in a
    three-month campaign beginning in Janu-             MADRID: Spain took over the presidency of the European
    ary. He claimed that in the previous of-        Union on Friday, with the prime minister promising to work to
    fensive government troops destroyed all         end the continent’s economic crisis.
    FDLR bases in Nord- and Sud-Kivu, kill-             The six-month rotating post passed from Sweden to Spain
    ing 1,472 of the rebels. A further 2,029        at the stroke of midnight, and the country launched its stint in
    surrendered or were captured and sent           the helm with a spectacular sound and light show for New Year’s
    back to Rwanda by the UN mission in DR          Eve revelers gathered at the Puerta del Sol, one of Madrid’s most
    Congo, he added. -AFP                           emblematic plazas.
                                                        Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Spain’s
                                                    main goal as EU president is “to fight for economic recovery, for
                                                    recovery from the crisis, and make Europe an economy that is

        Police shoot                                more and more productive, more and more innovative and more
                                                    and more sustainable.”
                                                        Zapatero also said that under the new Treaty of Lisbon,
        man attacking                               which went into effect Dec. 1, the 27-member European Union
                                                    must work to assert itself more on the global stage as it deals

        Prophet’s                                   with powerhouses like the United States and China.
                                                        “We have to make Europe an ever stronger factor in the in-
                                                    ternational context; a Europe that defends and extends the val-
        cartoonist                                  ues of peace, cooperation, and dialogue among all peoples and
                                                    nations,” Zapatero said in a short video posted on a Web site the
                                                    government has created to launch the presidency.
             COPENHAGEN: Police shot                    One of the key goals of the Lisbon treaty is to streamline
        a Somali man wielding an axe and            EU decision-making procedures so the bloc can act with more
        a knife as he tried to break into           agility.
        the home of an artist whose car-                It also created the post of full-time president, Belgian Her-
        toon of the Prophet Muhammad                man Van Rompuy, and named a new foreign policy chief, Britain’s
        with a bomb-shaped turban out-              Catherine Ashton, but retained the system of rotating presiden-
        raged the Muslim world, the head            cies for handling the bloc’s day-to-day affairs.
        of Denmark’s intelligence agency                As chance would have it, the EU’s efforts to resurrect the
        said Saturday.                              economy will now be led by the country that is perhaps the worst
             Jakob Scharf said in a state-          off of all of them.
        ment that a 28-year-old man with                Spain has an EU-high unemployment rate of 17.9 percent,
                                                                                                                        Blue lighting and the European flag shine on the Puerta del sol in Madrid to mark the Spanish European Union presidency as
        ties to Al-Qaeda attempted to               about double the bloc’s average, and while countries including
                                                                                                                        people gather to celebrate New Year’s Day early on Jan 1. (Reuters)
        enter Kurt Westergaard’s home in            France and Germany have managed to climb out of technical
        Aarhus Friday night. But Wester-            recession, Spain acknowledges it is lagging behind and will not        Spain had posted nearly a decade of solid and sometimes           tor, until the real estate bubble collapsed over the past two
        gaard pressed an alarm and police           see net creation of jobs until late this year.                      robust growth, largely on the strength of its construction sec-      years. -Reuters
        arrived minutes later.
             The attack on the artist, whose
        rendering was among 12 that led

                                                    Mudslide kills 19 people in Brazil island resort
        to the torching of Danish diplo-
        matic offices in predominantly
        Muslim countries in 2006, was
        “terror related,” Scharf said. He
        said the man would be charged
        with attempted murder.                          ANGRA DOS REIS, Brazil: A rain-soaked          outcome.”                                          Lula da Silva to briefly interrupt his vacation in   with civil defense authorities.
             Westergaard, whose 5-year-             slab of hillside collapsed on three houses and        The rains prompted President Luiz Inacio        northeastern Brazil for an emergency meeting            Gov. Sergio Cabral, who was expected to
        old granddaughter was in the                an upscale waterfront lodge after New Year cel-                                                                                                           visit the area Saturday, released a statement la-
        home on a sleepover, sought shel-           ebrations on an island resort in this city near                                                                                                           menting “this sad and painful” moment.
        ter in a specially made safe room           Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 19 people, au-                                                                                                               The mudslide at the Pousada Sankay resort
        when the suspect broke a window             thorities said. Another mudslide elsewhere in                                                                                                             apparently happened after tourists had re-
        of the home, said Preben Nielsen            the city killed 11.                                                                                                                                       turned to their rooms following the New Year’s
        of the Aarhus police.                           Ten people were injured by the resort slide                                                                                                           celebration at the lodge on Ilha Grande, a 90-
             Officers arrived two minutes            early Friday, and about 120 rescuers scrambled                                                                                                            minute ferry ride from Angra dos Reis on the
        later and tried to arrest the assail-       through mud and around toppled trees and                                                                                                                  mainland, fire department commander Pedro
        ant, who wielded an ax at a po-             large rocks to search for more survivors. Police                                                                                                          Machado said.
        lice officer. The officer then shot           helicopters and navy vessels helped in the res-                                                                                                               Police said some of the dead may have been
        the man in a knee and a hand,               cue effort.                                                                                                                                               in the houses. They did not immediately release
        authorities said. Nielsen said the              In addition to the two deadly mudslides in                                                                                                            the identities or nationalities of the victims.
        suspect’s life was not in danger.           Angra dos Reis, local authorities said nearly 80                                                                                                              Coroner Frank Perlini told Globo TV that
             The suspect’s name was not             mudslides were reported throughout the re-                                                                                                                a boy and a teenage girl were among the vic-
        released in line with Danish pri-           gion, toppling trees and destroying power lines.                                                                                                          tims, which also included at least three men and
        vacy rules.                                 Rain-related deaths in Rio de Janeiro state from                                                                                                          three women. “We were told that many of these
             “The arrested man has, ac-             three days of heavy rains reached 50, officials                                                                                                            houses here were rented by tourists for the holi-
        cording to PET’s information,               said, and more rain was predicted across the                                                                                                              days,” Pezao said.
        close relations to the Somali ter-          region. “People had never seen so much rain                                                                                                                   A bulldozer was brought in to help in the
        rorist group al-Shabab and al-              in this region,” Rio de Janeiro’s vice governor,                                                                                                          search for survivors. Bodies recovered from the
        Qaida leaders in eastern Africa,”           Luiz Fernando Pezao, told Globo TV.                                                                                                                       rubble were being transported off the island
        Scharf said. PET is Denmark’s in-               Pezao indicated he feared the death toll                                                                                                              by boats and helicopters. Authorities said the
        telligence agency. -AP                      could rise. “We’ll have to wait for the rescue     View from the sea of the hill at Praia do Bananal, Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis, 100km south            search was expected to continue through the
                                                    efforts, but we’ll likely encounter a very sad     west of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan 1. (AP)                                                            night. -AP

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