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Jordanian guards foil bid to hijack airliner

AMMAN, Jordan Three men attempted to hijack a Syria-bound jetliner late yesterday, wounding 15 passengers by exploding a small bomb before one attacker was shot to death by guards, authorities said.
The two other suspects were captured and the Royal Jordanian plane returned safely to Amman, said Capt. Jihad Irsheid, director general of Jordan's Civil Aviation Department. He said all the attackers were Syrians.
The captain said three passengers had shrapnel wounds and were in stable condition at an Amman hospital. The remaining 12 were slightly wounded, he added.

Zimbabwe whites warn of economic collapse

HARARE, Zimbabwe White farmers warned yesterday of economic collapse if Zimbabwe does not take urgent action to end the seizures of white farms and restore order.
Rural violence has already destroyed a fifth of Zimbabwe's tobacco crop, on which it relies for export earnings, said Tim Henwood, head of the Commercial Farmers Union. Militants have also disrupted normal farming operations, slaughtered cattle and scared off foreign investors, he said.
The farmers union chief said that if the militants are not stopped, the entire sector could break down, which analysts said could cost tens of thousands of jobs and trigger a financial crisis as farmers default on loans owed to banks.

Law on spankings upheld in Canada

TORONTO A Canadian court yesterday upheld a law that allows a parent, schoolteacher or a guardian to spank a child who becomes unruly, but conceded the law should be re-examined.
The Ontario Court rejected an appeal by the Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law to strike down section 43 of the Canadian Criminal Code, which allows force deemed "reasonable in the circumstances" to be used to correct a child.
Justice David McCombs said the law first introduced in 1892 did not infringe on a child's rights. But he said it may be time for Parliament to make amendments to allow specific criteria and guidelines for adults.

Israeli diplomat leaves Brazil under a cloud

BRASILIA, Brazil An Israeli diplomat suspected of hosting child prostitution sessions after police found pictures of naked teen-age girls in his apartment has left Brazil on his way home, Israeli officials said yesterday.
Israel's administration consul to Rio de Janeiro, Arie Scher, flew out of Rio's international airport on Tuesday after the Israeli government recalled the middle-ranking diplomat to investigate whether or not he was guilty.

U.S. shrugs off probe of industrial espionage

The United States yesterday questioned the need for France and the European Parliament to investigate reports that Washington used an electronic surveillance system for industrial espionage in Europe.
CIA Director George J. Tenet in March denied the United States used the spy system of satellites and listening posts, called Echelon, to gain economic advantage over its allies after a British journalist reported to the European Parliament that Washington, and London did.

10 Bengal tigers die as antibiotics fail

BHUBANESHWAR, India Limping and gasping for breath, 10 sick Royal Bengal tigers including seven rare white tigers died one by one at an Indian zoo despite being injected with antibiotics, officials said yesterday.
Some tigers lay dead in their concrete enclosures at the Nanankanan Zoo, which houses India's largest collection of Royal Bengal tigers and the world's largest collection of white tigers. Workers slung the dead animals on a pole and hauled them to a building where a team of veterinarians, microbiologists and pharmacologists conducted necropsies.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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