- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 8, 2000

Car bomb in Bilbao kills 3 terror suspects

MADRID A car bomb exploded yesterday in the northern Basque city of Bilbao, killing at least three suspected separatists who appeared to be transporting the explosive, news reports said.

Police did not immediately release information about the blast.
Spanish news media speculated that the three victims who were inside the moving car when it exploded and burst into flames were activists of the Basque separatist group ETA.
The national news agency Efe said the explosion occurred in the industrial neighborhood of Bolueta in Bilbao shortly before 11 p.m.

Fiji shooting kills two, wounds three

SUVA, Fiji A soldier and a policeman died and three soldiers were wounded when rebels opened fire on a group of soldiers on patrol about 15 miles outside of Suva early today, the military said.
The dead policeman, an Indian, was part of a group of about 10 soldiers sent in to investigate reports of shooting in the area.
Rebels in a white cab opened fire on the group as they were looking around the area at about 3:00 a.m., said army spokesman Col. Filipo Tarakinikini.

U.S. soldiers testifies in shooting death

GNJILANE, Yugoslavia An Army sergeant testified yesterday that he shot at an ethnic Albanian last year in Kosovo, according to those who heard his testimony. That evidence may clear a Serbian family accused in the death.
Testimony in the trial of the father and his two sons ended with Sgt. Robert Black describing the July 1999 gunfight. At the request of French Judge Patrice de Charette, the court traveled to this southeastern town to show where he and other American snipers were deployed.
Reporters were not allowed inside the heavily guarded building, but several people who were present said the soldier repeated statements he gave Army investigators detailing how he fired at an ethnic Albanian who had been shooting at U.S. troops.
Sgt. Black is not expected to face charges since the rules of engagement at the time allowed peacekeepers to fire in self-defense.

Study: phone kits reduce radiation

LONDON A British government study into mobile phone hands-free kits said today they significantly cut the exposure of users to radiation from their mobile phones.
The study, commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry, concluded that hands-free kits offered substantial reductions in exposure compared with normal use of mobile phones.
The result contradicted an independent report four months ago that warned that the kits, designed to protect mobile phone users from radiation, actually channel three times more of it to their brain.

Israeli gunfire wounds two journalists, boy

BEIRUT Israeli soldiers shot at stone-throwers preparing a Molotov cocktail near Fatima Gate on the Israeli-Lebanese border yesterday, injuring a teen-ager and two journalists.
It was the second violent incident in the area in two days; both times Israeli soldiers opened fire. One man was wounded Sunday.
U.N. peacekeepers have deployed in much of southern Lebanon, but not near Fatima Gate, where hurling stones at an Israeli observation post has become a ritual for visitors from Lebanon since Israel withdrew its troops from southern Lebanon May 24.

Gloucester Cathedral in 'Harry Potter' film

LONDON Britain's 900-year-old Gloucester Cathedral is to be transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a film based on the "Harry Potter" best sellers.
The cathedral, with its striking Gothic spires and vaulted cloisters, has signed a deal with Warner Bros., which is making the first film based on the schoolboy wizard's adventures.
The dean of Gloucester, the very Rev. Nicholas Bury, told the London Times: "Gloucester is … an atmospheric place."

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