- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2006

INDIA

Bombs injure 13 in New Delhi mosque

NEW DELHI — Two bombs shook New Delhi’s main mosque yesterday shortly before worshippers gathered for evening prayers, sending terrified people running through the ornate 17th century complex, officials said. At least 13 persons were injured.

The explosions at Jama Masjid came the same day that a series of apparently coordinated grenade attacks by suspected separatist rebels left a bloody trail through the streets of Srinagar, the main city in violence-wracked Indian Kashmir, killing five persons and injuring 30 more.

CHINA

Hospital claims face transplant

BEIJING — A man whose face was badly disfigured after an attack by a black bear received a partial face transplant yesterday, in what a hospital described as a first for China. The claim, if verified by independent specialists, would make China the second country to conduct the procedure.

The partial face transplant on Li Guoxing at Xijing Hospital in the central city of Xi’an came only half a year after doctors in Amiens, France, performed the world’s first such procedure, transplanting lips, a chin and a nose on to a woman who had been attacked by a dog.

ITALY

Disputed ballots fail to boost Berlusconi

ROME — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s hopes of overturning his election loss were dashed yesterday when it emerged there were not enough disputed ballots to swing victory back from his rival, Romano Prodi.

Mr. Berlusconi refused to concede defeat after the center-left opposition won a razor-thin majority in the April 9-10 election, demanding a check of disputed ballots. But after four days of political stalemate, the Interior Ministry said the number of ballots in question for the lower house of parliament was 2,131, not enough to overturn Mr. Prodi’s 24,000-vote majority.

ISRAEL

U.S. bars business with Palestinians

JERUSALEM — The Bush administration has barred Americans from having most business dealings with the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, warning violators could face sanctions, according to a Treasury Department document.

But the Bush administration made an exception for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and U.N. aid agencies, and authorized some donations of medicine to the Palestinian Ministry of Health by U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations.

The restrictions do not apply to business dealings with individual Palestinians and other entities in the Palestinian territories.

EGYPT

Coptic worshippers attacked during Mass

ALEXANDRIA — A man armed with a knife attacked worshippers at two Coptic churches in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria during Mass yesterday, killing one person and wounding five before he was arrested, the government said.

The Interior Ministry identified the attacker as Mahmoud Salah-Eddin Abdel-Raziq and said he suffered from “psychological disturbances.”

The attacks came on what is Good Friday to many of the world’s Christians, although Egypt’s Copts mark the holiday a week later.

From wire services and staff reports

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