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Saudi: 'Jewish pressure' forced Giuliani move
A Saudi prince has blamed "Jewish pressure" for the rejection of his $10 million donation to a New York relief fund.
New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who accepted the donation from billionaire Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal on Thursday, ordered the money returned when he learned about a statement Prince Alwaleed had made criticizing U.S. foreign policy and its support for Israel in the Middle East .
"The whole issue is that I spoke about their position [on the Middle East conflict] and they didn't like it because there are Jewish pressures and they were afraid of them," Prince Alwaleed said in remarks published in the Saudi daily Okaz.
He said Mr. Giuliani "can say what he wants."
"My comments were welcomed in Palestinian circles, and [Palestinian leader] Yasser Arafat sent me a thank-you letter," he said.

Firefighter charged in bomb threats
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A firefighter has been charged with making repeated bomb threats to government facilities over the phone in the name of "jihad," said a statement by the U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday.
Adam Ray Elliott, of Jacksonville, was indicted on five counts of making bomb threats and false bomb reports to 911 operators by a Jacksonville jury Thursday. He faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines if convicted.

Networks shun al Qaeda video
NEW YORK Two cable news networks, after being asked by the Bush administration to use discretion in showing videotapes from Osama bin Laden's organization, refused to show the latest tape delivered yesterday.
CNN aired a brief portion of the message from bin Laden spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith about an hour after it was received from the Al-Jazeera television network, but Fox News Channel and MSNBC executives said the tape was not newsworthy.

School bus crash kills 3, injures 28
OMAHA, Neb. A school bus returning from a high school band competition veered off a road, went through a bridge guard rail and crashed into a gully yesterday.
Three persons were killed and 28 were injured, some critically, authorities said.

Police arrest man in failed bomb plot
COSTA MESA, Calif. A man accused in a failed bomb plot against the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok was arrested in California, the FBI said.
Vo Van Duc, 41, a Vietnamese-American citizen, was apprehended Friday at an Orange County airport and charged with using weapons of mass destruction, said Cheryl Mimura, FBI spokeswoman. He had flown from Seattle to California on board an Alaska Airlines flight.
Authorities charge that he helped plant two bombs at the Vietnamese Embassy in downtown Bangkok in June. The bombs one thrown inside the gate and the other placed just outside the gate were connected to mobile phones, which were to function as remote detonation devices.
The bombs were discovered and detonated by police. There was no damage.

Escaped inmates said involved in robbery
DALLAS Two escaped inmates were involved in an armed robbery yesterday, a day after they broke out of jail with three other men, took a woman hostage and fled in stolen pickup trucks, authorities said.
The two men who robbed two persons in east Texas at gunpoint were accompanied by an unidentified woman and had a variety of weapons, Lt. John Norton of the Collin County Sheriff's Department said.
Lt. Norton said the men stole a truck owned by one of the robbery victims and left behind a truck they had stolen Friday from a horse stable.
"We have no clue where they're headed," Lt. Norton said, adding that he didn't know the whereabouts of the third escapee. "We're following up on leads."
Two of the five inmates were captured Friday.

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