- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 16, 2001

Blast at McDonald's kills one in China
BEIJING An explosion ripped through a McDonald's restaurant during the busy dinner hour in China's western city of Xi'an yesterday, killing one person and injuring as many as 30, witnesses and hospital officials said.
Local reporters quoted a police statement as saying the blast was an "intentional sabotage" and had been set off deliberately, but it gave no motive for the attack that left two of the injured in critical condition.
The official Xinhua news agency said a preliminary police investigation showed the explosion was caused by a man-made device.

Glenn Miller mystery likely solved
LONDON American big band leader Glenn Miller could have been killed in a wartime accident by British bombers, according to a new television documentary.
The New Year's Eve documentary on the independent Channel 4 network will suggest a theory that could solve the mystery that has baffled Miller fans for more than half a century, the Guardian newspaper reported.
The hugely popular leader of the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band may have been killed by a fleet of Lancaster bombers dumping unused bombs over the English Channel while his plane was flying underneath, according to the documentary.

Iran closes reformist paper
TEHRAN Iran has ordered the closure of reformist journal Asr-e-Ma and sentenced its director, a political ally of President Mohammed Khatami, to more than two years in prison, the Norouz newspaper reported yesterday.
It is the second paper in three days to be suspended in a crackdown on the pro-reform press by the nation's powerful judiciary, which is led by conservatives, although a new reformist newspaper hit newsstands yesterday.

Sinn Fein leader to visit Cuba
HAVANA Gerry Adams, leader of the Irish Republican Army's political wing Sinn Fein, is due to arrive today in Havana, at the invitation of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, local press reported yesterday.
Mr. Adams is scheduled to meet with Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage tomorrow, along with other "party, government and Cuban state personalities," according to the daily Granma newspaper.
Mr. Adams's trip, originally planned for September, was postponed after the August arrest in Colombia of Niall Connolly, Sinn Fein's representative to Cuba. Mr. Connolly was detained along with two other Irishmen, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan, on suspicion of training left-wing guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Government accused of breaking accords
NAIROBI, Kenya Sudanese rebels accused the government yesterday of reneging on accords brokered by the United States, claiming Khartoum's forces were still bombing civilians as well as humanitarian targets.
"Despite the call to bring to a halt bombardment of the civil population as an aspect of confidence building, the government has instead intensified its murderous and cowardly attacks on civilians," said Samson Kwaje, a spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Government forces have been targeting women and children as well as hospitals and markets, he claimed.

U.S. issues Nepal warning
KATMANDU, Nepal Gunmen robbed and shot dead a security guard from the U.S. Embassy in Nepal's capital, Katmandu, yesterday, and the State Department warned U.S. citizens living in the Himalayan kingdom to be on their guard.
Washington, which has supported Nepal's crackdown against Maoist rebels, condemned the attack. The guard was killed near the compound of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), about five miles from the embassy.

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