- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 13, 2001

Terrorist's link to Czechs probed
PRAGUE Police are investigating possible ties between Czech businesses and Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta, a senior government official said Friday.
The probe broadens the terrorist's potential connection to the Czech Republic, coming amid the disclosure he held secret meetings there with an Iraqi diplomat suspected of helping to plot a terrorist attack in Prague. The diplomat was later expelled from Prague.
Atta, who is suspected of piloting one of the aircraft that crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, reportedly had business interests in Prague while studying architecture in Germany.

Rivals of ANC roiled by split
CAPE TOWN, South Africa The leader of South Africa's political opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday demanded the resignation of the mayor of Cape Town in the worst crisis to hit the shaky 15-month merger with the apartheid-era National Party.
Alliance leader Tony Leon asked Mayor Peter Marais, who used to be member of the NP before the merger, to quit some six weeks after a scandal hit the popular mayor's office.

Madrid square bomb inflicts minor injuries
MADRID A powerful explosion last night sent smoke spewing out of an underground parking lot near a subway, leaving at least seven persons with minor injuries, officials said.
The blast occurred a few minutes before midnight near the Plaza de Colon square, a popular gathering place for young people, according to news reports.
Leopoldo Herrainz, spokesman for the local ambulance services, said seven persons were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, adding there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Pregnant woman sentenced to stoning
GUSAU, Nigeria An Islamic court in northern Nigeria has sentenced a pregnant woman to death by stoning for having premarital sex, court officials said yesterday.
Safiya Hussaini Tungar Dudu, 30, became the first person to be sentenced to death by a Shariah court in Sokoto state since it adopted the strict Muslim legal code last year.
Gwadadawa Upper Shariah Court Judge Mohammed Bello Sanyinnawal sentenced the woman to death Thursday after she pleaded guilty to having sex without being married.

Dublin opens trial in Omagh bombing
DUBLIN An Irish bar owner pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges related to the 1998 Omagh bombing, the single bloodiest episode in 30 years of conflict between Northern Ireland's Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Colm Murphy, a 50-year-old father of four, is the only person charged in connection with the Real IRA guerrilla group's bombing of Omagh in Northern Ireland, which killed 29 persons and injured 200 others.
Mr. Murphy sat impassively throughout the opening proceedings, rising only to plead "not guilty" to the charge of conspiracy to cause an explosion between Aug. 13 and Aug. 16, 1998.

$500,000 fine sought against McDonald's
BUENOS AIRES Health officials in Argentina's capital are asking a court to fine McDonald's Corp. up to $500,000 after tests showed beef and chicken burgers at four restaurants were tainted with the potentially deadly E.coli bacteria, officials said yesterday.
"Contamination was confirmed," said Marta Lopez Barrios, head of the Buenos Aires health authorities. "The paperwork was sent to the court authorities [on Thursday] for it to be judged," she added.
In August, health officials closed four restaurants in Buenos Aires after tests found traces of E.coli in chicken burgers after complaints from one customer who had fallen ill. Beef burgers also tested positive for the bacteria.

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