- The Washington Times - Monday, November 19, 2001

Socialist has small lead for Bulgarian presidency
SOFIA, Bulgaria Bulgaria's presidential election hung in the balance last night after several exit polls in the runoff vote showed Socialist Party leader Georgi Parvanov narrowly ahead of incumbent Petar Stoyanov.
All polls put Mr. Parvanov in front, but his lead varied between five and two percentage points.
Exit polls in the first round a week ago put Mr. Stoyanov ahead but proved wrong when the Central Electoral Commission announced the final results: 36 percent for Mr. Parvanov and 35 percent for Mr. Stoyanov.
Official partial results from the second round are not expected until tomorrow.

Bangladesh gunmen kill ruling-party politician
DHAKA, Bangladesh Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior politician in Bangladesh's Islamist-allied ruling party yesterday, police said.
Three assailants entered the home of Babul Ahmed in the Mohammadpur district of Dhaka and fired three bullets into his chest after he refused to come out of his home yesterday morning, a local police official said.
He said Mr. Ahmed, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party's general secretary in the district, was pronounced dead on arrival to a hospital.
The shooting comes two days after 60-year-old private college principal Gopal Chandra Muhuri was shot dead in a similar fashion at his home in the southeastern port city of Chittagong.

55 Venezuelan prisoners escape through sewer
CARACAS, Venezuela Fifty-five inmates have escaped from a prison in eastern Venezuela by tunneling into sewage pipes and crawling to freedom, the biggest jail break so far this year in the South American nation, authorities said yesterday.
They said the inmates of La Pica prison, in the eastern state of Monagas, were awaiting trial on charges ranging from murder to rape and armed robbery, and were highly dangerous.
The prisoners took advantage of the disruption caused by an electricity blackout at dawn yesterday to make their escape, police said. So far, none of the escapees has been captured.
"The breakout took place in the early hours of the morning through a tunnel which led into the sewage system and emerged in mountains behind the prison," Angel Gonzalez, head of the National Guard in Monagas, told Union Radio.

Albanian militants claim responsibility for bomb
SKOPJE, Macedonia A powerful explosion ripped through a city in northwestern Macedonia yesterday, and a shadowy ethnic Albanian militant group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Macedonian police said an explosive device was detonated near the market in Tetovo, but no one was injured.
"It was a strong explosive device of an unidentified type. Several shops were damaged," police spokesman Vasko Sutarov told the Associated Press.
Alban Berisha, a spokesman for a new militant group calling itself the Albanian National Army, told the Associated Press by telephone that his organization claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.
"This is a response to [Interior Minister Ljube] Boskovski's claims that we are nonexistent and a phantom organization," Mr. Berisha said.

10,000 in London protest Afghan war
LONDON At least 10,000 peace demonstrators, including politicians and leaders from Britain's Muslim community, marched through central London yesterday to demand an end to the war in Afghanistan, police said.
But organizers of the protest, Stop the War Coalition, said 50,000 people had turned out for the rally, which began in Hyde Park and continued on to Trafalgar Square.
Muslims held prayers for peace on mats placed on the park's grass while speakers told the rally that the apparent rout of the Taliban militia did not justify U.S. and British military action in Afghanistan.
"We are hoping to send out a clear message that [British Prime Minister] Tony Blair does not speak for Britain and we hope that message carries across Britain and across the world," said committee member Mike Marqusee.


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