- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 23, 2001

Israeli jets respond in southern Lebanon

HALTA, Lebanon Israeli warplanes attacked suspected Hezbollah guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon yesterday after the guerrillas fired rockets and mortars at Israeli outposts in a disputed border area.

Witnesses said a jet fighter swooped twice over a hill in the Chebaa Farms area, firing air-to-surface missiles. Israeli artillery also shelled suspected guerrillas who earlier targeted Israeli positions with rockets and mortars.


350 migrants drown off Indonesia

GENEVA More than 350 people most of them Iraqis drowned when their boat sank off the coast of Indonesia, the International Organization for Migration said yesterday.

The organization said it was looking after 44 survivors who were rescued from the sea on Saturday, a day after the boat went down of the island of Java.

Iranians, Afghans, Palestinians and Algerians also were on board.


Russians issue warrant for Berezovsky

MOSCOW In a renewed attack on former Kremlin insiders, authorities in Russia issued an arrest warrant for tycoon Boris Berezovsky and charged the country's railways minister, the state prosecutor said yesterday.

Mr. Berezovsky, who lives in self-imposed exile, will be arrested if he sets foot in Russia, said Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov.


European help sought in anti-terror war

BRUSSELS President Bush has asked European Union leaders to consider a range of new measures to fight terrorism, including improvements to border controls and transportation safety, officials said yesterday.

EU and U.S. government officials said Mr. Bush made the requests in a classified letter to European Commission President Romano Prodi and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt.


Kashmir attack foiled by Indian troops

JAMMU, India Indian security forces foiled what they said was a suicide attack by Islamic militants yesterday on an important air force base in Kashmir.

A security guard and a civilian were killed and two persons seriously wounded in the gunbattle that ensued when militants drove a jeep up to the entrance of the Awantipora air base and opened fire, police said. Security forces posted nearby returned fire, killing all four militants.

The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba claimed responsibility for the attack.


'Internet twins' couple lose house in Wales

BUCKLEY, Wales The British couple who lost their battle for custody of twin girls they located through an Internet adoption agency have lost their house.

Alan and Judith Kilshaw's seven-bedroom farmhouse in this north Wales town was repossessed, and they moved out yesterday. Their battle for the baby girls, who were sent back to the United States in April, left the Kilshaws with legal bills of more than $90,000.


Pakistan warns India not to attack

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday threatened to teach archrival India a lesson if it attacked across their disputed border in Kashmir.

In an interview with state-run Pakistan Television, Gen. Musharraf warned Indian leaders not to hurl threats of attacks across the military Line of Control in the disputed Himalayan region and to follow the path of dialogue to settle the Kashmir dispute.


Leading cardinal says self-defense is OK

VATICAN CITY A leading cardinal, reflecting on the U.S. military strikes against Afghanistan, said yesterday that the Roman Catholic Church opposes violence but nations have the right to self-defense. Milan Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, in Rome for a monthlong gathering of bishops, expressed worry that "in trying to eradicate terrorism you run the risk of sparking it or fueling new breeding grounds."

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