The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has flown to Switzerland for what is described as medical tests, the official Emirates News Agency reported Sunday.
He is the second head of state from the Persian Gulf region in three days to fly to Europe for medical reasons. The emir of Kuwait flew to London Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
Zayed is both the president of the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven emirates, and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest of the seven.
Their departures come at a critical time for the United States as it builds up military forces in the gulf region for an offensive against terrorists allied to Osama bin Laden, the Afghanistan-based extremist who is the prime suspect for the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
High-tech methods unearth
ancient Roman army camp
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Scientists using ground radar and computers have accomplished what archaeologists using spades could not -- uncover the heart of one of Austria's most important digs -- a first century Roman military camp on the Danube River.
Wolfgang Neubauer, director of the University of Vienna's Institute for Archaeological Science, said Sunday that experts had located the forum of Carnuntum, a Roman camp that dates from A.D. 6 and is considered one of the empire's most important strategic strongholds north of the Alps.
Archaeologists have dug around the site about 25 miles east of Vienna for nearly a century, but geophysicists using radar were able to peer through layers of earth to locate the forum where the Romans held meetings, Neubauer said.
Mall parking garage rocked
by two bombs in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Two powerful bombs rocked the parking garage of a busy shopping mall here Sunday, injuring several people.
The bombs badly damaged eight cars on the second-level lot at Atrium Plaza mall, but no deaths or serious injuries were reported, police said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack at the mall, which also was the site of a bombing last month.
The blasts came just days after Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri held talks with President Bush at the White House and became one of the first leaders to support his war plans in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on Washington and New York.
Almost 90 percent of Indonesia's more than 200 million people are Muslim, making it the world's most populous Islamic nation.
A number of militant religious groups have threatened to act if the United States launches military strikes against Islamic nations in retaliation for the attacks.
Macedonia parliament plans
to discuss rebel amnesty
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Moving to fulfill a key element of a Western-backed peace plan, Macedonia's parliament plans discussions this week on an amnesty for ethnic Albanian rebels who fought government troops, a legislator said Sunday.
Blagoya Stojkovski of the Social Democratic Party said the issue will be formally raised Tuesday, a day after parliament is scheduled to wrap up preliminary voting on constitutional amendments -- another important ingredient for peace -- ahead of their final adoption.
"I am very convinced that the law about amnesty .. . will be accepted," he told reporters watching NATO soldiers collect weapons from the rebels near Matejce, 15 miles northeast of the capital, Skopje. The rebels have agreed to hand in 3,300 weapons and disband under the peace plan.
The government has promised amnesty to rebels who are not implicated in criminal acts.