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Gadhafi defies West over Lockerbie

TRIPOLI, Libya Leader Moammar Gadhafi said yesterday the world had been deceived over the Lockerbie airliner bombing, defying U.S. and British demands that he accept responsibility for the attack.
He repeated that neither the Libyan state, nor Libyan secret agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi who was convicted last week of the Pan Am airliner bombing, bore any guilt for the attack, which killed 270 persons over the Scottish town in 1988.
The United States and Britain were quick to react to Mr. Gadhafi's long speech to journalists in Tripoli, saying it gave no sign he was willing to meet their conditions to fully lift the sanctions imposed on Libya for the Lockerbie bombing.

Rescuers find siblings 10 days after quake

BHUJ, India Soldiers searching for the bodies of earthquake victims rescued a brother and sister yesterday who survived 10 days trapped on the second floor of their damaged building, living off cereal and water.
"Everyone had given up hope of finding any survivors. This is a miracle," said Bakshi Singh, inspector general of the Border Security Force.
The two survivors were discovered by a team of soldiers who had gone into Bhuj's Karsana neighborhood to help a resident search for a relative's body.
The pair were uninjured but weak. They had long ago finished all they had in the kitchen cereal and had been drinking only water. The man could walk and talk, but his sister had to be taken out by stretcher after soldiers cleared the building's entrance.

Vatican announces trip to Syria, Malta

VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II will visit Syria and the Mediterranean island of Malta in early May as part of his trips to biblical sites, the Vatican said yesterday.

It did not give the exact dates of the pilgrimage. In Syria, Archbishop Isidore Battikha said the pope would visit that country on May 5, discussing the Middle East peace process with President Bashar Assad.

John Paul has long said that he wanted to stop in Syria as part of a Middle East pilgrimage to places associated with the start of Christianity. St. Paul's travels took him to both Malta and Syria.

Experts say cover-up protected Hirohito

TOKYO Japanese military leaders tried to cover up germ warfare attacks on China during World War II, fearing Emperor Hirohito would be blamed for the war crimes, Japanese historians testified yesterday.

The historians were testifying before the Tokyo District Court as witnesses for a group of Chinese demanding an apology and reparations for the deaths of relatives who they claim were the victims of the germ warfare.

Citing newly obtained letters and documents, Takao Matsunaga, a history professor at Tokyo's prestigious Keio University, said Japanese leaders were "desperate" to keep the germ warfare secret because they were afraid then-Emperor Hirohito would be held responsible.

Hirohito died in 1989 and was succeeded by his son, Emperor Akihito.

Injuries a leading cause of child deaths

NEW YORK Injuries, caused by everything from abuse to bicycle accidents and fires, have become the leading cause of death among children in the industrialized world, replacing disease, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said yesterday.
More than 20,000 children younger than 15 die each year from road accidents, abuse or other intentional injury, falls, fires, drowning, poisoning or other injury, according to a UNICEF report.
For a child born in the industrialized world today, the chances are one in 750 of death from an injury before age 15, according to the report by UNICEF's Innocenti Research Center in Florence, Italy, which estimated that 12,000 of the deaths each year could be avoided through preventive measures.

Indonesian mobs burn offices of foes

SURABAYA, Indonesia Thousands of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters attacked a college campus yesterday and burned the offices of political opponents who want to speed up his possible impeachment over two corruption scandals.

The unrest in the president's home province of East Java followed huge demonstrations against Mr. Wahid in the capital last week and took place just hours before legislators handed documents to police that they say links him to two corruption scandals.

A legislative committee last week claimed Mr. Wahid knew about an illegal transfer of $4 million from the state food agency by a former business associate. It also criticized him for failing to declare a $2 million aid donation from the ruler of neighboring Brunei.

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