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Kidnapped Calif. boy reunited with father



Published: Sun, September 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Kidnapped Calif. boyreunited with father

LOS ANGELES -- A 9-year-old boy who was abducted from his father's home in the middle of the night by two men has been reunited with his father, authorities said Saturday.

"He's very exhausted from the whole ordeal," said Lisa McConnell, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. "He seemed very happy to be back with Dad last night."

Nicholas Farber was found Friday at a campground in Jamul, about 20 miles east of San Diego. His mother, Debra Rose, and a man with her, Michael J. Riley, were taken into custody, authorities said.

Rose, 38, and Riley, 48, were both booked into the Riverside County Jail. Rose was being held on suspicion of felony child abduction. Riley was booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Bail for each was set at $1 million.

Authorities said Riley was wanted on warrants from Lincoln, Neb., and Tucson, Ariz., involving financial crimes, McConnell said. Authorities had no home town for him.

Riley was not one of the two assailants who abducted Nicholas at gunpoint from his Palm Desert home Wednesday after beating the boy's father, Michael Farber, authorities said.

2 Americans killedin ambush in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Gunmen armed with automatic weapons ambushed a convoy headed to a huge gold mine run by a U.S. corporation, killing two Americans and an Indonesian in an unprecedented attack Saturday in Indonesia's troubled Papua province.

At least 10 others, including six U.S. citizens, were injured in the attack near the world's largest gold mine, the bloodiest incident involving foreigners in almost four decades of intermittent warfare between government forces and separatist rebels.

The convoy of cars was headed from the town of Timika to the Grasberg mine, an immense open-pit dig that for many Papuans is a symbol of unwanted Indonesian rule.

The mine's operator -- PT Freeport Indonesia, an affiliate of New Orleans-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper-and-Gold Inc. -- has long been criticized by human rights advocates for reportedly cooperating with Indonesian security forces in suppressing pro-independence activities. Freeport denies any human rights abuses.

Judge sentences 6 mento hang for gang rape

DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan -- A judge sentenced six men to death by hanging in the gang rape of a woman to punish her family -- a case closely watched by government officials and international human rights groups. Eight men were acquitted in the verdict early today.

Defense lawyer Malik Salim said that he will appeal the decision in a higher court within seven days. "All of the accused should have been acquitted," Salim told The Associated Press. "We will challenge this decision."

Those receiving the death sentence included four accused of the actual rape and two members of a tribal council that ordered the June 22 assault in the village of Meerwala, about 350 miles southwest of Islamabad. They also were fined $660 apiece. The eight who were acquitted were also members of the council.

The council ordered the rape after a high-status clan, the Mastois, accused the victim's brother of having sex with one of their women. The victim's family is from a low-status clan.

Rights advocates say that the number of atrocities against women in Pakistan is increasing. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has demanded an end to punishments by tribal councils.

Gadhafi: Libya is nolonger a rogue state

CAIRO, Egypt -- Eager to shake off his pariah image, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Saturday his country is no longer a rogue state and has even detained some Islamists suspected of links with the Al-Qaida terror network.

In a two-hour speech on Libyan national television, Gadhafi condemned the Sept. 11 attacks, saying: "We have never seen such a horrific and terrifying act performed in such an exhibitionist manner."

But he warned the United States and Britain against any invasion of Iraq to topple President Saddam Hussein, saying "the collapse of the Iraqi regime will turn Iraq into another Afghanistan."

"Saddam Hussein's regime is better for them. It is a strong regime" that will not allow Islamic extremists to take over, he said.

Gadhafi said that Libya's policy toward the United States and Israel will now follow the line of the African Union -- a new grouping of African nations to which Libya belongs.




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