- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2003

BAHAMAS

4 killed, 16 injured as two vessels collide

NASSAU — A ferry boat and cargo ship collided in Bahamian waters early yesterday, killing four persons and injuring 16 as they were traveling to a holiday celebration, officials said.

Rescuers were searching deep waters for about seven persons missing after the accident nine miles southwest of Eleuthera island near the Exuma chain in the Caribbean archipelago off Florida, local police said.

The Sea Hauler was carrying 194 passengers and seven crew members when it left the capital, Nassau, in calm waters Friday night. It collided at about 1 a.m. with the United Star, a 178-foot cargo ship carrying about 11 crew members and passengers as well as cargo.

KENYA

Fatal raid linked to hotel blast probe

MOMBASA — Kenyan government officials said yesterday that a raid on suspected militants that ended with two deaths in a grenade blast was part of a hunt for accomplices in November’s bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel.

Last November, a suicide bomb attack on the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombasa killed at least 16 persons, including the three bombers.

A man arrested by detectives making what they called an antiterror raid set off a hand grenade in a police car in Mombasa on Friday, killing himself and a policeman.

SWEDEN

Skinheads attack gay-pride parade

STOCKHOLM — A group of around 30 skinheads attacked marchers in a homosexual-pride parade in Stockholm with stones and bottles yesterday, police said. At least one man was injured.

A witness said the attackers carried banners reading, “Lock up pedophiles” and “Crush pedophiles,” referring to a recent advertising campaign by a homosexual and lesbian rights group featuring pictures of young children.

The campaign, aiming to show that homosexual orientation can start at an early age, has drawn protests from a child-protection group that said the sexual depiction of children could encourage pedophiles.

LEBANON

Car bomb kills Hezbollah member

BEIRUT — A powerful car bomb killed a member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah yesterday in an attack the guerrilla group blamed on Israel.

Witnesses said the blast gouged a gaping hole in the ground in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah, whose forces helped drive Israeli occupation troops out of southern Lebanon in 2000.

The Shi’ite Muslim guerrilla group called the dead man — whom security sources had identified as a Lebanese driver for the Iranian Embassy — a martyr and one of its “holy warriors,” in accounts of the bombing on the group’s television station.

Documents retrieved from the car identified the body as that of Ali Hussein Saleh, a 42-year-old from the town of Brital in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, a traditional Hezbollah power base.

SAUDI ARABIA

2 newspapers drop pro-reform columnist

CAIRO — A Saudi columnist who has challenged his country’s conservative social and political traditions has been dropped by his two Saudi newspapers, the writer says.

Editors for the Arab News and Okaz confirmed they would no longer run Hussein Shobokshi’s weekly column, but they refused to say why. Okaz is an Arabic-language paper, and the Arab News is published in English.

In a July 1 column in Okaz, Mr. Shobokshi fantasized about a future in which his daughter could drive and he could vote. The column generated an unusually passionate response — both in favor and against.

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