- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2001

Riyadh embassy urges caution by Americans
KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia warned the thousands of Americans in the country yesterday to be more cautious after a bombing killed an American and another foreigner whose nationality was not immediately determined.
Some U.S. residents said Saturday's bombing, following local bomb attacks against foreigners and the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States, made them consider sending their families out of Saudi Arabia. The embassy in Riyadh urged Americans yesterday "to review their own personal security practices, to be attentive to their surroundings and to exercise caution."
The bombing on a busy shopping street in the eastern Saudi city of Khobar also injured an American, a Briton and two Filipinos, said a King Fahd Hospital spokesman. The nationality of a fifth injured person was not immediately known. The names of the Americans were withheld while their families were being notified.

Refugees toss children into sea off Australia
CANBERRA, Australia Refugees turned away from Australia threw children into the ocean in a desperate bid to reverse the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday Australia would not be "intimidated" into softening its tough stance on asylum seekers.
Refugees in life jackets jumped ship, and some threw their children overboard, after naval officers boarded the boat and ordered it to leave Australian waters about 130 miles from Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said.
The navy rescued the adults and children from the water Saturday night, Mr. Ruddock said. Nobody was reported drowned. The ship, which carried 187 persons, returned to international waters yesterday and was believed to be heading to Indonesia.
Campaigning in Sydney for Nov. 10 national elections, Mr. Howard said he would not change his policy of refusing entry to asylum seekers a stand that has seen his Conservative Party's popularity soar since he sent troops to prevent 433 boat people on a freighter from landing in Australia two months ago.

Salvage crews begin to lift Kursk
MURMANSK, Russia Salvage teams this morning started lifting the wreck of the Kursk nuclear submarine from the Arctic seabed, where it has lain ever since it sank last year with 118 crew members on board.
The Kursk rose off the ocean floor more than three hours after the salvage crews began trying to winch the vessel's stern from the grip of the muddy Barents Sea floor.
The lifting pressure was then transferred slowly forward in a delicate operation aimed at retrieving the submarine intact.
Dutch contract workers said the operation would take about 10 hours as the Kursk is lifted through the waters at the stately pace of about 10 yards an hour.
The Kursk, one of Russia's most advanced submarines, plunged to the seabed after two still-unexplained explosions ripped through its bow on Aug. 12, 2000.

Nobel Peace Prize to be announced Friday
OSLO The Nobel Peace Prize, celebrating its centennial this year, will be announced Friday. Prize-watchers view the United Nations and its secretary-general, Kofi Annan, as front-runners. As always, the selection committee is mum about those in the running.
Because nominations closed Feb. 1, this year's peace prize is very unlikely to reflect developments since the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States.

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