- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 13, 2001

West Bank strife claims 11 more lives
JERUSALEM — Ten Palestinians were killed in fresh Israeli strikes against "terrorist operations" yesterday, as Israel pressed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to renounce terrorism following the horrific attacks in the United States.
An Israeli settler died after she was wounded late yesterday in an attack by Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank, military officials said. Her death brought the number of people killed since the start of the intifada, or uprising, nearly a year ago to 797, including 609 Palestinians and 165 Israelis.
Nine Palestinians were killed and nearly 50 were wounded in the West Bank during a second night of incursions in and around the autonomous Palestinian town of Jenin in a move the army said targeted terrorist bases.
But a top Arafat aide, Nabil Abu Rudeina, described the Jenin raids as "a new massacre against Palestinians." A 10th Palestinian was killed and two were wounded when Israeli troops opened fire on their taxi near Qurara town in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security sources said.

Bow of sunken Kursk removed on sea bottom
KIRKENES, Norway — An international team cut the bow off the sunken nuclear Russian submarine Kursk yesterday, bringing salvagers a step closer to raising the wreck from the floor of the Barents Sea later this month.
Salvagers plan to raise the Kursk, which sank after explosions ripped through its bow last August, killing all 118 men aboard, and bring it to dock at Roslyakovo on Russia's northern coast by the end of September.
"The bow has now been cut off," said Lars Walder, spokesman for the Dutch Mammoet-Smit rescue team aboard the Giant 4 barge, docked off Kirkenes in northern Norway. The Giant 4 will hoist the wreck to the surface using 26 mammoth cranes.
Divers have been working for more than a week in icy waters over 300 feet deep to slice off the bow using robotic cutting gear. Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to raise the Kursk before winter storms and darkness make the work too hazardous.

Freetown lawmakers extend Kabbah's term
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Parliament has again extended the term of President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah by six months, agreeing with him that conditions in the war-torn West African nation make elections impossible now.
The president postponed presidential and parliamentary elections to May 14, and resisted demands by rebels and some civil groups for an interim government.
Mr. Kabbah had already won one six-month extension of his constitutionally set five-year term. That extension expires Sept. 28. The president "has no intention to hang on to power unnecessarily and his concern is that peace and serenity prevail in the country," said Sahr Gbomar, one of the lawmakers backing the extension.

Sonia Gandhi ruled an Indian citizen
NEW DELHI — Italian-born Sonia Gandhi is a legitimate citizen of India, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday, upholding her election to Parliament. Two voters had challenged her election two years ago to the Lok Sabha, the powerful lower house of Parliament. They claimed government irregularities in granting her Indian nationality.
Mrs. Gandhi became an Indian citizen in the 1980s after having lived in New Delhi for 16 years with her late husband, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Tainted liquor kills 47 in Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia — Forty-seven persons were confirmed dead yesterday after drinking a lethal batch of bootleg alcohol in southern Estonia, and doctors said hope was fading for many of the hospitalized, who numbered 77.
New cases were being admitted for hospitalization almost hourly, even though several days had passed since the liquor, laced with methyl alcohol, was sold in plastic soda bottles over the weekend in the seaside resort of Parnu, 80 miles south of Tallinn.


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