- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2001

Israel touts arrest of Arafat bodyguard

JERUSALEM — Israel said yesterday it had arrested one of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's bodyguards, charging he was involved in organizing a group that carried out attacks in the West Bank.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office said the Shin Bet internal security service arrested Annis Mahmoud Namourah several days ago. It said he was an officer in a bodyguard unit that protected Mr. Arafat when he visited the West Bank.

The official Palestinian news agency WAFA issued a statement in Gaza saying, "The detained was not a member of President Arafat's special guard."


Ex-Beatle Harrison holds scant hope

LONDON — Ex-Beatle George Harrison has said he expects to die soon from cancer, the group's former producer was quoted yesterday as saying.

The 58-year-old musician has been treated for a brain tumor at a clinic in Switzerland, having already undergone an operation for lung cancer earlier this year.

The Mail on Sunday said Mr. Harrison had told his friend and former producer George Martin, dubbed the "fifth Beatle," that he does not have long to live.

Mr. Martin told the newspaper: "He is taking it easy and hoping that the thing will go away. He has an indomitable spirit, but he knows that he is going to die soon and he is accepting that."


Macedonia says NATO invaded its air space

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The Defense Ministry yesterday accused NATO of invading its air space, saying two alliance helicopters landed in territory held by ethnic Albanian rebels near the border with Kosovo.

A NATO spokesman denied the accusations and said he was concerned that such charges could hinder their cooperation in the country.


Dozens are injured in Korean protests

SEOUL, South Korea — Police fought with hundreds of workers protesting layoffs stemming from President Kim Dae-jung's corporate restructuring program yesterday, injuring at least 20.

Witnesses said the clashes occurred when some 12,000 workers tried to march into the center of Seoul but were blocked by 600 riot police.

Workers pushed, kicked and punched police, who fought back. The outnumbered police were frequently overrun, and some were isolated and beaten.


China mine blast — claims more than 100

BEIJING — More than 100 Chinese miners were feared to have died in a blast at an illegally operated pit in the southeastern province of Jiangsu, state media and rescue officials said today.

The bodies of 15 miners were recovered from the privately run coal mine and 91 were missing, presumed dead, said an official in charge of the rescue effort who declined to be named.

"We have so far pulled 15 bodies from the pit and there is little hope for the 91 still underground," said an official. He said 13 miners had been rescued alive.


Kashmiri militant denies Hindu massacre

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan-controlled Kashmir — A top Kashmiri guerrilla leader yesterday condemned the massacre of 15 Hindus in Indian-administered Kashmir and rejected the involvement of Muslim militants.

"The mujahideen have nothing to do with this tragic incident," said Syed Salahuddin, chief of Kashmir's dominant separatist group, Hizbul Mujahideen.

Indian police said at least 15 Hindus were massacred late Saturday when militants dragged them out of their homes in the village of Paddar village in Doda district and shot them dead at point-blank range.

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