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Order to arrest Marine issued

By Times Wires
Published January 30, 2008


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MEXICO CITY

Mexican officials have ordered police to arrest a U.S. Marine suspected of killing his pregnant colleague and fleeing to Mexico, a U.S. Embassy official said Tuesday. That could lead to his extradition or deportation to the United States. The embassy official, who wasn't authorized to give a name, said Mexican officials issued a provisional arrest warrant for Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, which means authorities can take him into custody, on Monday at the request of U.S. officials. Laurean is being sought on an indictment charging first-degree murder of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who had accused Laurean of rape. Lauterbach's charred remains were found this month with those of her fetus in a fire pit in Laurean's back yard in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Both were stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune.

ANKARA, Turkey

Head scarf legislation raises secular fears

A bill that would lift a decades-old ban on women wearing head scarves at universities was submitted to Parliament on Tuesday, worrying secular Turks who fear the government is raising the profile of Islam. Deniz Baykal, leader of the pro-secular Republican People's Party, called the attempt to lift the ban a "threat against the republic." Under the new proposal, female students would be allowed to wear head scarves at universities as long as they tied them under the chin. "Chadors, veils and burqas will not be allowed," Nationalist Action Party leader Devlet Bahceli said in reference to clothing that covers the body from head to toe.

LONDON

Beatles get Israeli invite, but no apology

More than 40 years after it barred the British band from playing there, Israel said it wants the surviving members of the Beatles to participate in a concert celebrating Israel's 60th birthday. The Israeli Embassy in London denied a report that the Jewish state had apologized for its original refusal to let the Beatles perform in the country. The band had been booked to appear in 1965, but the government refused to grant the necessary permits on the ground that its music might corrupt the country's morals. The Israeli Embassy's letters were sent to Jerry Goldman, CEO of the Beatles Story, and to Sir Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr.

Elsewhere

Thenia, Algeria: A car loaded with explosives and headed for a police station in northern Algeria exploded Tuesday after officers stopped the attack with bullets. At least two people were killed and 23 wounded, the Interior Ministry said.

Quito, Ecuador: Price controls will be imposed on basic foods including rice, milk, corn, bananas and flour, in a bid to stem creeping consumer costs, Agriculture Minister Walter Poveda said Tuesday.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The Agriculture Ministry said about 158,000 chickens were killed after the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain was found at an infected farm. The kingdom has a $10-billion poultry industry.

[Last modified January 30, 2008, 02:18:51]


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