- The Washington Times - Friday, February 14, 2003

BRITAIN
Air passenger arrives with grenade in bag
LONDON British police yesterday arrested a man at London's Gatwick Airport carrying a grenade in his luggage, and two other suspects were taken into custody near Heathrow Airport, where troops have been on patrol after a terrorist threat.
Metropolitan Police said a 37-year-old Venezuelan was arrested at Gatwick when officers found the grenade, which appeared to be live, in his baggage after he arrived on a British Airways flight from Colombia.

JAPAN
Scientists to dig into red-hot rock
TOKYO In what resembles a journey to the center of the Earth, Japanese scientists began the world's first attempt yesterday to bore a hole into the red-hot core of a volcano and unlock the secrets of deadly eruptions.
A 164-foot-tall derrick, like an oil-drilling rig, perched on the scrubby slopes of Mount Unzen will begin drilling through the volcano's crust next week in a bid to sample the magma bubbling below.
Mount Unzen, a craggy, wind-swept 4,875-foot-high dome on the southern island of Kyushu, erupted in 1991, showering avalanches of hot rocks over a nearby town, killing 43 persons and leaving nearly 2,300 homeless.

BOLIVIA
Striking policemen return to work
LA PAZ Striking police officers returned to work yesterday after two days of violent street protests that left 23 persons dead and a trail of burned and looted buildings throughout the capital of South America's poorest nation, Bolivia.
People lined the streets of La Paz to cheer police officers as they began to restore order after demonstrators set fire to government buildings and looted stores in a wave of violence that began as a protest against a new income tax that the government suspended to calm the unrest.
Earlier in the day, sirens wailed and bands of looters ran through chaotic central La Paz, where tanks and 400 heavily armed soldiers were deployed near the presidential palace, which was besieged by protesters a day earlier.

ISRAEL
Arafat to name prime minister
JERUSALEM Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat plans to announce during a meeting with European negotiators that he will appoint a prime minister to share his powers, fulfilling a key reform demand, Palestinian officials said yesterday.
Israeli soldiers, meanwhile, fired on Palestinians planting a bomb near the Gaza settlement of Netzarim yesterday, hitting three, the military said.
In the West Bank, soldiers discovered a launcher with a rocket aimed at Efrat, a large Jewish settlement south of Jerusalem.

SAUDI ARABIA
Annual pilgrimage ends at Grand Mosque
MECCA More than 2 million Muslims concluded the annual pilgrimage, or hajj, yesterday with a farewell visit to the Grand Mosque, where they were shepherded by thousands of security officers.
The Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest site, overflowed with pilgrims saying prayers before leaving the holy city last night.

BRAZIL
Dissident Catholic gunned down
SAO PAULO The local leader of a dissident branch of the Roman Catholic Church was gunned down inside his church's headquarters in Sao Paulo, police said yesterday.
The gunman shot Bishop Paulo Pereira five times in the chest Wednesday before fleeing. Bishop Pereira, 38, led the Vetero Catholic Church, in the low-income district of Guainazes. He died on the way to the hospital.

ROMANIA
Body of 'playboy king' welcomed back home
BUCHAREST The remains of King Carol II, Romania's "playboy king," were welcomed with national honors at home, 50 years after he died in exile in Portugal.
The national guard carried his coffin and played the national anthem at a ceremony televised live. The remains are to be buried today in a state funeral in the royal chapel in the southern town of Curtea de Arges.

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