- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 1, 2008

AFGHANISTAN

Two soldiers die in suicide attack

KABUL - A suicide car bomb attack against a NATO convoy yesterday killed two soldiers and wounded four others, while fighting in the south killed 16 Taliban militants, officials said.

The bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad hit a contingent of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the alliance said.

ISAF did not release the nationalities of the troops involved, but most soldiers in that region are American.

LEBANON

Would-be bomber killed by troops

BEIRUT - Lebanese troops fatally shot a would-be suicide bomber near Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp yesterday, a senior military official said.

The official said the Palestinian man wearing an explosive belt approached an army checkpoint just outside the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern city of Sidon.

Soldiers manning the army checkpoint saw the young man climb out of a car and throw a hand grenade, which failed to explode, the official said. The man, wearing an explosive belt of 4.41 pounds of TNT and 2.2 pounds of metal balls, tried to blow himself up in an armored personnel carrier with the aim of killing as many soldiers as possible, the official said.

ZIMBABWE

Mugabe backers fatally shot

HARARE - Two supporters of Zimbabwe’s ruling party were fatally shot in the country’s northeast, state radio reported yesterday, amid mounting violence ahead of a presidential runoff next month.

The period since first-round elections in March has been marked by a steady rise in political violence, which the opposition says has seen more than 50 of its supporters killed by militias backing President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabweans go back to the polls June 27 for a second-round presidential election between Mr. Mugabe, who has led the country since independence in 1980, and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

COLOMBIA

5 killed, 13 missing after landslide

BOGOTA - At least five people died and 13 were missing yesterday after a landslide crushed homes in a poor area of the Colombian city of Medellin, northwest of Bogota, civil defense officials said.

Emergency services chief Fernando Arteaga said five bodies had been recovered, but added that local residents said 13 people could be trapped under the mud and rubble.

Another 18 people were injured in the landslide, which also destroyed about 30 houses in the township in the mountains around Medellin, officials said.

BRITAIN

London trains hit by drinking revelers

LONDON - The London transport system was heavily disrupted late yesterday as thousands of revelers held an unauthorized “drinks party” on Underground trains before an alcohol ban went into effect.

The key Circle Line, which serves some of the capital’s most exclusive districts, was shut down as thousands of people gathered to drink on Tube trains after being rallied by social networking Web sites.

Police made at least six arrests as the crowds became increasingly boisterous.

From today, anyone caught drinking from, or even carrying, open containers of alcohol will be ejected from trains and buses.

Newly elected London Mayor Boris Johnson introduced the alcohol ban in one of his first acts in office.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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