- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Blast derails train in India
GUWAHATI, India A crowded passenger train was derailed yesterday when a powerful bomb reportedly planted by tribal separatists exploded on the tracks in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, police said.
The attack occurred in the oil-rich Indian province bordering Bhutan and Bangladesh, they said.
The police blamed the bombing on outlawed tribal separatists belonging to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), but said details of the attack or casualties were not available. More than 20,000 people have died in separatist campaigns in Assam in the past 20 years.

Polish election results set back EU expansion
WARSAW Concern grew among European Union candidates yesterday that Poland's inconclusive general election could slow the European Union's (EU) eastward enlargement.
Sunday's vote left Poland's pro-EU former communists just short of the outright majority polls had shown them winning, while a late surge by populist parties will create a noisy euro-skeptic caucus in parliament.
Poland, the largest EU aspirant with 39 million people, already was lagging behind the Czech Republic and Hungary in entry talks, and the need for policy concessions by the leftists to a coalition partner could slow preparations further.

Kabila, Kagame to hold crucial talks
BLANTYRE, Malawi The presidents of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, arch foes in Africa's biggest conflict, will hold talks in Malawi today, Malawian government officials said yesterday.
They said President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Joseph Kabila of the former Zaire would meet for two days in Blantyre under the auspices of Malawian President Bakili Muluzi.
The talks are expected to focus on speeding up the implementation of the July 1999 Lusaka Peace Agreement and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Africa's third-largest nation.
Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda back splintered rebel groups fighting to overthrow Mr. Kabila's government.

European court condemns bugging
STRASBOURG, France The European Court of Human Rights rapped Britain yesterday for permitting the use of bugging equipment in the home of a man suspected of planning an armed attack.
The court said that by using covert listening equipment both in the suspect's home and at a police station, the police had violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which defends privacy rights.
Two Britons were sentenced to 15 years in prison in August 1996 for conspiring to rob on the strength of audio evidence.

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