- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 28, 2001

Video of Kursk shows force of blast
MURMANSK, Russia A video of the interior of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, released by Russian investigators yesterday, shows the horrific force of the blast that ripped open the vessel's hull and sent it to the bottom.
The film showed the vessel torn open from the stern to the conning tower, with much of the destruction apparently being caused by exploding torpedoes rather than the initial blast.
Kursk is now in dry dock after being raised from the sea bed where it lay after two as-yet-unexplained explosions ripped through its hull Aug. 12, 2000.

Iraq expecting U.S. to attack
LONDON Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said yesterday he expected the United States and Britain to launch attacks on Iraq.
In an interview with Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper conducted in Baghdad, Mr. Aziz said that Washington and London wanted to use the "war against terrorism" as an excuse to oust President Saddam Hussein.
"We know they are preparing for such an attack," Mr. Aziz said. "We are watching what is being said and what is being done in the United States and Britain, and we know that it is just a matter of time before such an attack."
U.S. and British officials have said operations may not be restricted to Afghanistan in future but have avoided saying that Iraq or any other specific countries could become targets.
Mr. Aziz said that the U.S. and British plans involved strikes against 300 targets in Iraq but that such an assault would be a "grave mistake," and would cause their carefully constructed international coalition against terrorism to collapse.

Iran declares war on satellite dishes
TEHRAN Iranian police said yesterday they had renewed their crackdown on satellite dishes after the authorities blamed a spate of riots on television broadcasts of exiled opposition groups.
A police spokesman said hundreds of dishes had been removed from homes in the capital Tehran since Tuesday as part of a campaign against "social vice."
Soccer fans took to the streets after three international games in the past fortnight, often chanting slogans against Iran's Islamic leaders.
Hundreds of people, mainly youths, have been arrested.
Iran's Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani yesterday blamed the riots on opposition calls for demonstrations against the Islamic system broadcast via satellite television.

Strong quake kills one in Chinese province
BEIJING An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rocked the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan yesterday, destroying hundreds of buildings, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
It said at least one person was killed and 130 people were injured in the latest tremor to hit the quake-prone region.
Rescue workers were looking for more victims of the early-afternoon earthquake which shook six villages in Yongsheng County, some 360 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Kunming, the agency reported.
Ancient buildings in the old town of Lijiang, much of it unchanged for hundreds of years, and a UNESCO World Heritage site some 60 miles from the earthquake zone, were undamaged, Xinhua quoted a local official as saying. But more than 1,500 buildings in the Yongsheng County village of Taoyuan collapsed, it said.

Anniversary sees more strife in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India Some 20 people were killed as Indian forces yesterday arrested prominent Kashmiri separatists on the anniversary of the arrival of Indian troops here 54 years ago.
Muslim militants also barricaded themselves in a mosque from where they engaged in a several-hour gun battle with Indian troops, as 11 persons were injured in attacks in Kashmir's Muslim-majority summer capital Srinagar.
Early yesterday, police arrested separatist leaders Javed Mir and Shahid-ul-Islam at their Srinagar homes and detained them at a police station, police said.
The arrests appeared to be an attempt to prevent the separatists from leading demonstrations on what anti-Indian Kashmiris mark as a "Black Day."

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