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Kuwaitis foil plot against U.S. base

Kuwait

Plot against U.S. base is foiled

Kuwaiti authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested members of an al-Qaida-linked group that was planning to attack a key U.S. military base. The Interior Ministry said security officials detained a "terrorist network" of six Kuwaitis who gave "detailed confessions" about plans to bomb Camp Arifjan, the main U.S. base in the country, as well as the headquarters of the Kuwait's security agency, in addition to other facilities it did not name. The statement did not provide details. Kuwait's Alrai daily quoted anonymous security sources on Tuesday as saying that the group had confessed to buying a truck which it intended to load with fertilizer, chemicals and gas cylinders and ram it into the camp. The U.S. military in Kuwait declined to comment on the foiled plot.

Costa Rica

President has swine flu, is quarantined

Nobel Peace laureate and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Tuesday that he has swine flu, showing that not even a head of state is safe from the virus that has caused worldwide concern but relatively few deaths. The 69-year-old president and Nobel Peace Prize winner said in a statement that he was quarantined at home and is being treated with the antiflu medicine oseltamivir. "I am being submitted to the recommendations that health authorities have established for the entire population," Arias said. He suffers from asthma and is at higher risk than most but was in good enough health to continue working. The president had flu symptoms since Sunday, but participated in public activities as late as Tuesday morning, when he appeared at a call center.

Elsewhere

Mexico: U.S. officials handed to Mexican authorities Tuesday $2.4 million paid by Houston-based Trammo Petroleum after company president Donald Schroeder admitted buying and reselling petroleum products stolen from Mexico's oil monopoly.

Iran: The opposition said Tuesday it had verified the deaths of 69 people in two months of unrest since the disputed presidential election, confirming suspicions that the toll was more than double the official figure.

Russia: Zarema Sadulayeva, the head of a children's charity in Chechnya, and her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov, were found shot to death in the trunk of a car Tuesday in the latest sign of violence and lawlessness in the region.

Papua New Guinea: Rescuers in a helicopter saw no immediate signs of life today at the wreckage of a chartered plane that crashed while carrying 13 people.

Times wires

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