- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Police investigate synagogue attack

JERUSALEM Police yesterday investigated the weekend firebombing of a Jerusalem synagogue, which was condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak as a shocking act.
Affiliated with the Conservative stream of Judaism, the Ramot Forest synagogue in a well-to-do section of Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood has been the target of demonstrations and protests by Orthodox Jews. Three weeks ago, unknown parties tried to burn its entrance.
In Saturday night's attack, windows of the synagogue were broken and burning rags thrown inside, police said.
No arrests have been made in the firebombing or the previous incident, police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. He said police had ruled out an attack by extremist Palestinians.

Booby-trapped package found in Paris

PARIS Workers yesterday found a package booby-trapped with 25 sticks of dynamite at a work site facing Paris' International Conference Center, not far from the Arc de Triomphe, police said.
The bomb, equipped with a fuse, was disarmed by police. Experts said the bomb had been programmed to explode early yesterday.
The police anti-terrorism division, investigating the incident, said it appeared that "no threat targeted the conference center," which was to hold a ceremony for Slovenia's national day last night. Authorities do not consider Slovenia "sensitive," or a likely target for attack, police said.

U.N. forces report Israeli violations

NEW YORK The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon reported half a dozen Israeli border violations yesterday, backing Lebanese government claims that Israel's troops have been violating the withdrawal line drawn by the United Nations.
The Security Council called for an immediate end to the violations, but council President Jean-David Levitte of France stressed that they were minor and expressed hope they would be cleared up in a few days.
Since the Israeli army's withdrawal from southern Lebanon last month, the Lebanese government has repeatedly accused Israeli troops of violating the U.N. line, which was drawn as a temporary border between the two nations.

Bosnian search reveals 58 bodies in cave

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina The remains of 58 persons, believed to be non-Serbian civilians, have been exhumed from a cave in northwestern Bosnia and at a site near the capital, the head of the Muslim commission for missing persons said yesterday.
Amor Masovic said the remains of 41 victims, most of them presumed to have been killed in a Serbian prison camp during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, had been retrieved from the cave.
They were taken over the last five days from the cave near the town of Bosanska Krupa, about 150 miles northwest of Sarajevo.

Taiwan begins summer war games

TAIPEI, Taiwan The Taiwanese military began its routine summer season of war games yesterday, drills designed to prepare troops to defend this island from a possible Chinese invasion, the military said.
The war games near Hualien, in east-central Taiwan, involved an unspecified number of soldiers, U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets and navy anti-submarine helicopters, the military said.

Kashmir passes autonomy proposal

SRINAGAR, India The Kashmir assembly yesterday passed a controversial proposal advocating autonomy for the separatist-hit Indian state, setting the stage for a confrontation with the central government.
The proposal, supported by the ruling National Conference party, which enjoys a two-thirds majority in the assembly, was passed by voice vote.
It calls for full autonomy for the Muslim-majority state, except in matters related to finance, defense and communications.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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