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Aruba suspects leave jail

By wire services
Published September 4, 2005

SINT NICOLAAS, Aruba - All three suspects in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager were released from jail Saturday in a setback for the prosecution and the biggest blow yet to Natalee Holloway's family.

Joran van der Sloot, an 18-year-old Dutchman, and two Surinamese brothers, Satish Kalpoe, 18, and Deepak Kalpoe, 21, were released on condition they remain in Dutch territory and be available to police for questioning.

"We would like to express our happiness to have Joran back in our lives," said his mother. "His life has been turned upside down."

She said her family had been the victim of "slander based on rumor and gossip."

Van der Sloot's lawyer, Richie Kock, said the teenager would soon be going to university in Holland: "Joran will be trusted to be on his own in Holland and to do as he pleases," he said. The missing teen's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, renewed her criticism of the investigation.

"If the investigation had been handled properly during the first 10 days, the world would not have witnessed and experienced the pain and suffering my family and I have endured," she said.

The Holloway family has insisted that all three young men know what happened to the Alabama student, who vanished May 30 on the last day of vacation to celebrate high school graduation.

Van der Sloot and the brothers were arrested June 9 on suspicion of involvement in Holloway's disappearance. All three have denied any connection to the disappearance. Holloway was last seen leaving a bar with van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers.

Abbas supports talks; Hamas unveils leadership

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said Mideast peace talks should resume immediately after Israel completes its Gaza withdrawal.

"We live off hope," Abbas told the Associated Press. "And we hope that a Palestinian state can be achieved next year, God willing."

In a challenge to Abbas, Hamas' secretive military wing emerged from hiding Saturday, laying bare its command structure on its Web site, naming commanders and detailing how the group attacked Israelis. The Web posting was part of a competition with Abbas' Palestinian Authority over who will get credit for Israel's Gaza pullout.

Beslan families remember 2004 school massacre

BESLAN, Russia - Thousands of anguished residents of the small town of Beslan on Saturday marked the anniversary of one of Russia's deadliest terrorist attacks with white doves rising into the air, the tolling of bells, and tears.

Mourners again bid a wrenching farewell to the 331 adults and children who perished in a storm of gunfire and explosions on Sept. 3, 2004, after enduring nearly three days of thirst and fear as hostages at Beslan's School No. 1.

President Vladimir Putin ordered a fresh investigation, acknowledging criticism of the authorities' handling of the school seizure.

Also ...

FRENCH LEADER IN HOSPITAL: President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized after suffering a blood vessel problem in his eye, the prime minister said Saturday. Officials said he was canceling several appointments this week. Chirac, 72, was alert and consulting with advisers after being taken Friday evening to a Paris military hospital, said Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

KIDNAPPED BRITON FOUND DEAD: A kidnapped British engineer, David Addison, was found dead Saturday and two bodies discovered in Afghanistan's southern desert were identified as missing Japanese tourists Jun Fukusho, 44, and Shinobu Hasegawa, 30, raising fears that elections this month may be disrupted by militant violence. Taliban-led rebels have vowed to disrupt Sept. 18 voting.

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