- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Bin Laden declared alive and well abroad
CAIRO Osama bin Laden is alive and well and planning a new terror attack, according to an extremist group quoted by the Lebanon-based Arabic newspaper al-Hayat.
Al-Hayat said it received a letter Monday from the extremists, who identified themselves as Qai'dat al-Jihad.
The letter, addressed to "our Islamic state and to the heroic Palestinian people," said "God had given permission to resume our activities.

Al Qaeda man freed in India on technicality
BOMBAY A suspected member of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network was formally charged yesterday with waging war against India, an offense punishable by death, and then freed on bail because of a technicality.
Indian police claim Mohammed Afroz, a pilot from the Bombay area, had confessed to being part of an al Qaeda plan to hijack a plane and crash it into the British Parliament. He also reportedly told investigators that he was planning to attack buildings in Australia and the Indian capital, New Delhi.
A judge ordered Mr. Afroz freed on the equivalent of $2,000 bail because he had been held illegally for more than six months.

Kim Dae-jung is hospitalized
SEOUL South Korean President Kim Dae-jung is in a hospital for treatment for a strained thigh muscle and digestion problems, the presidential Blue House said today.
The 77-year-old president's schedule was canceled for today and tomorrow, spokeswoman Park Sun-sook told reporters.
The Blue House said Mr. Kim had been under treatment since late yesterday in a military hospital near the Blue House. The spokeswoman said Mr. Kim had not eaten well over the past three days. He was expected to stay in the hospital for two or three days.

Mexican Senate blocks president's travel
MEXICO CITY The Senate denied President Vicente Fox permission yesterday to travel to the United States and Canada the first time Congress has stopped a Mexican leader from leaving the country.
Lawmakers, apparently fed up with Mr. Fox's frequent trips overseas, voted 71-41 to deny permission for Mr. Fox's trip next week to the Western United States and Canada.
Mr. Fox was scheduled to travel next week to Calgary and Vancouver in Canada, as well as San Francisco and Seattle in a trip designed to strengthen economic and political ties between the three North American countries.
Under Mexican law, the Senate must authorize any presidential trips outside of Mexico.

Musharraf begins bid to stay in office
LAHORE, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf began a campaign to extend his rule yesterday, proclaiming at an elaborately staged rally that his military government had saved Pakistan from being branded a terrorist state.
Tens of thousands of people were bused into the park where Pakistan's independence movement began in 1940 to hear Gen. Musharraf's campaign speech.
Gen. Musharraf, who took power in a bloodless 1999 coup, has called an April 30 referendum to extend his rule by five years and to expand the powers of the president and of the military in advance of parliamentary elections in the fall that will restore civilian rule.

Booby-trapped car kills Colombian policemen
BOGOTA, Colombia A parked car with a body inside blew up yesterday south of Bogota when two police explosives experts tried to open the door, killing both officers.
Two small bombs later exploded in manholes in downtown Bogota, injuring a young girl. Police safely detonated another small bomb in the area after evacuating nearby businesses.
No one claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Gen. Luis Ernesto Gilibert, head of the national police, blamed the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Police said the rebel group may also have planted the small bombs in Bogota.

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