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Ethiopia to cut a third of troops in Somalia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
A third of the Ethiopian troops who led a war to crush Islamist forces in Somalia late last month were expected to have withdrawn yesterday, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said.
In an interview on Saturday, Meles also revealed that up to five U.S. forensic experts entered Somalia to identify some of those killed in a lightning two-week war to oust the Islamists.
"We are reducing troop numbers by about a third ... that process should be completed today or tomorrow," Meles said.
Security experts estimated before the conflict that Ethiopia had sent between 5,000 and 10,000 troops into Somalia to back forces of the weak transitional government.
Spanish youths riot
ALCORCON, Spain
Spanish youths rioted through a Madrid suburb for a second weekend running on Saturday, though in smaller numbers, throwing stones at police and journalists they blame for branding them racists.
Last Sunday up to 1,000 young Spaniards rampaged through this dormitory town south of Madrid hunting for Latin American gangs they blamed for a stabbing the previous night.
Anti-riot police were primed for trouble on Saturday after text messages were sent between teenagers during the week calling for another show of force against Latin gangs.
Hundreds of youngsters goaded police and overturned bins and even a car according to newspaper El Pais, quoting police sources.
Pit bulls killed
DAYTON, Ohio
A dozen pit bull terriers seized in police raids have been put to death because of fears the dogs would attack employees caring for them at an animal shelter.
The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center had been holding 72 animals seized by Dayton police during raids between July and October. The dogs were to be used as evidence against five men facing felony dogfighting charges.
The county ordered the 12 pit bulls killed on the advice of Mark Kumpf, the director of the animal shelter. Kumpf said some of the dogs had attacked employees, and all of them were extremely aggressive toward other animals and the staff.
Attorney John Rion, who represents two of the defendants, said the owners could file a civil lawsuit over the decision by alleging unauthorized taking of property.
Ferry jacker arrested
ANKARA, Turkey
Police have detained an armed man who briefly held up a ferry and threatened to blow it up to protests against pro-Armenian slogans chanted at slain journalist Hrant Dink's funeral, a provincial official said yesterday.
The man, claiming to have plastic explosives on him, seized the ferry in the Dardanelles strait as it was on its way from Gelibolu to Lapseki late Saturday, said Yusuf Ziya Ince, deputy governor of Canakkale province. Ince identified the hijacker as Nihat Acar.
He gave himself up to police after 2-1/2 hours and released all passengers unharmed, Ince said. The man was armed but was not carrying any explosives, Ince said. Television footage showed the man shouting, "I did it for the country," as he was being led away from the ferry to a police vehicle.


Updated : 2021-02-28 17:04 GMT+08:00