World in brief: U.S. reviewing ‘combatant’ status
The U.S. military is reviewing its decision to classify hundreds of Guantanamo Bay inmates as “enemy combatants,” a step that could lead to new hearings for men who have spent years behind bars in indefinite detention.
Navy Capt. Theodore Fessel Jr., the lead officer at Guantanamo for the Defense Department agency that oversees the panels, said authorities have begun seeking new or previously overlooked evidence that may warrant new hearings after the process came under fire.
“With all the outside eyes looking in at the process, it’s forcing us to say, ‘OK, did we take everything into consideration when we did the Combatant Status Review Tribunals?’ ” Fessel told journalists at the naval base in southeast Cuba.
Bhutto set to end exile next week
The party of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Thursday she will return to Pakistan next week to campaign for parliamentary elections even though Gen. Pervez Musharraf wants her to delay until his new presidential term is confirmed.
Bhutto plans a grand homecoming Thursday to resurrect a political career on hold since she went into self-imposed exile in 1999 to avoid corruption charges.
Musharraf last week enacted an amnesty quashing cases against her and other politicians.
Singer barred for criticizing Chavez
Venezuela’s government has blocked a popular Spanish singer from using a stadium because he criticized President Hugo Chavez three years ago.
Higher Education Minister Luis Acuna said Alejandro Sanz would not be allowed to hold his scheduled Nov. 1 concert at the Poliedro – a state-controlled stadium.