- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Americans warned after convictions
The State Department, after the convictions of four persons in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in East Africa, urged overseas Americans last night to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take steps to increase their security awareness.
The statement was a reaffirmation of a May 11 warning that American citizens abroad may be the target of a terrorist threat from extremist groups with links to Osama bin Ladins Al Qaida organization.
It said the U.S. government was not aware of any specific threat in response to the verdicts in the New York trial.
The statement was issued hours after the conviction of four of bin Ladens followers of a global conspiracy to murder Americans.
The charges stemmed partly from the bombings three years ago of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Among those killed were 12 Americans.

Tony Blair rides higher in polls

LONDON — British Prime Minister Tony Blairs lead over the opposition Conservatives has shot up by six points over the past week to 19 percentage points, according to an opinion poll published today.
With the June 7 general election fast approaching, a poll conducted for the Guardian newspaper put Mr. Blairs Labor Party at 47 percent, the Conservatives at 28 percent and the Liberal Democrats at 17 percent.

Mexicos Fox seeks smaller government

MEXICO CITY — President Vicente Fox, whose election ended an era in Mexicos political history, revealed his vision for the next one yesterday, declaring an end to big government and a drive for balanced budgets and more jobs.
Mr. Foxs six-year National Development Plan also seemed to promise a more active role abroad. Reluctance to intervene in other countries affairs has been a cornerstone of Mexican foreign policy, but Mr. Foxs plan replaced it with a commitment to "promote human rights and democracy abroad."

Russia court orders Media-Most liquidated

MOSCOW — A Russian court yesterday ordered the liquidation of Media-Most, backing a lawsuit by tax authorities who accused the independent media group of violating financial security rules, a court spokesman said.
The suit was initially filed in December at the height of Media-Mosts political and business battle with the government.
Tycoon Vladimir Gusinskys media group was among the most vocal critics of President Vladimir Putin.
The groups supporters said the series of legal proceedings was part of a Kremlin campaign to muzzle the independent press.

Terrorists threaten to kill 20 hostages

MANILA — A Muslim guerrilla group that abducted 20 persons, including three Americans, threatened yesterday to kill the hostages if the military mounts a rescue effort.
The threats and counterthreats escalated with no clear indication of where the Abu Sayyaf separatist guerrillas have taken the Americans and Filipino hostages seized over the weekend. The kidnappers vanished in boats speeding across the Sulu Sea.

Japanese leader to visit White House

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will hold his first summit with President Bush on June 30 at Camp David, government officials said yesterday.
Japanese media reports said Mr. Koizumi hoped to confirm the strength of the two countries security relations and brief the U.S. president on his proposals for economic and other reforms.


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