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Real IRA suspected in London blast
BIRMINGHAM, England A car-bomb explosion in the central English city of Birmingham was probably the work of the outlawed anti-British group the Real IRA, police said yesterday.
The device partially exploded in a busy area late Saturday but caused no serious injuries.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion, though police said it bore the hallmarks of the Real IRA, an Irish dissident group that has carried out several attacks in Britain.
A police spokesman said the bomb was similar in size to two car bombs planted earlier this year, one of which contained nearly 90 pounds of explosives.

Fans are ecstatic at Harry Potter premiere
LONDON Shrieks of excitement and a blizzard of photo flashes greeted three astonished young stars at yesterday's premiere of the long-awaited film "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."
Young fans, some dressed up as the boy-wizard and his friends, gave a wild welcome to Daniel Radcliffe, the 12-year-old who plays Harry, and Rupert Grint, 13, and Emma Watson, 11, who play Harry's school pals Ron and Hermione, respectively.
The British trio, getting their first taste of celebrity, seemed happy, stunned and nervous before the masses of cameras and microphones, and the voices shouting their names from every direction.
"I knew it was going to be big, but I wasn't really expecting this," said Rupert. "I am a bit blown away to be honest."

Pope beatifies eight, including two martyrs
VATICAN CITY In a Mass that included a special prayer for peace, Pope John Paul II yesterday beatified eight Catholics, including two considered martyrs for their suffering under communism.
Addressing some 20,000 pilgrims in sun-baked St. Peter's Square, John Paul said the eight had dedicated their lives "for the glory of God and the good of their brothers."
A prayer was dedicated to "the world shaken by violence" and marked by divisions and injustices that "foment hate and terrorism."
John Paul has used frequent beatifications and canonizations to honor people as models for Catholics today. He has beatified a total of 1,282 persons.

Bosnian Croat indictee will give himself up
ZAGREB, Croatia Bosnian Croat policeman Pasko Ljubicic is prepared to surrender to The Hague-based war crimes tribunal that indicted him for crimes against humanity last month, Croatian television reported yesterday.
The tribunal charged Mr. Ljubicic, 35, with murder and persecution of Muslims in central Bosnia between June 1992 and July 1993 while he commanded a Croatian military police battalion in the area.
The worst crime he is charged with is an attack on the village of Ahmici in April 1993, when more than 100 people were killed, marking the start of the Croat-Muslim war.

U.S. dialyzers blamed in 11 kidney deaths
MADRID, Spain The Spanish Health Ministry released a preliminary report yesterday that it said established a connection between the deaths of 11 kidney patients and a U.S. company's dialysis instrument.
Baxter International Inc. dialyzers were involved in the deaths in mid-August at hospitals in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, according to the report, which the ministry is to make official this week.
"There is a clear relation between the dialyzer and the deaths," said Garcia Lopez, an epidemiologist who worked on the ministry report presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the Association to Combat Kidney Diseases.
The dialyzer is a device that filters waste from the blood before it is returned to patients suffering kidney failure.

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