Sea-based missile test called success
MOSCOW — Russia successfully tested a new sea-based ballistic missile yesterday after several previous failures, a naval spokesman said.
According to published Russian news reports, the Bulava is designed to have a range of 6,200 miles and carry six individually targeted nuclear warheads. It is expected to be placed on three new Borei-class nuclear submarines that are under construction.
President gets deal in sex-abuse case
JERUSALEM — President Moshe Katsav pleaded guilty yesterday to committing sexual crimes against female employees, signing a plea bargain that will keep him out of jail, Israel’s attorney-general said.
Katsav, who had denied any wrongdoing, also agreed to pay the equivalent of $3,500 in compensation to one of the women and $8,300 to the other.
Israeli news reports said Katsav would resign later in the day and the speaker of parliament would replace him until Shimon Peres, elected president by lawmakers earlier this month, becomes head of state as originally scheduled on July 15.
Lockerbie panel backs Libyan’s appeal
EDINBURGH — A former Libyan intelligence agent may have been wrongly convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, a judicial panel said yesterday, recommending that he be granted a new appeal.
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, who is serving a life sentence, was the only person convicted for the bombing, which killed 259 persons on the plane and 11 on the ground, including 179 Americans.
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