- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 28, 2002

German police warn of al Qaeda attack
BERLIN German police have warned security officials that there could soon be an al Qaeda attack in Germany.
The German BKA criminal agency confirmed Friday that it had sent a warning Tuesday to security officials about an attack during the next 20 days but said it did not know of a specific target or plan of action.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper said yesterday that an al Qaeda member from Pakistan had worked out a plan to take from 300 to 400 hostages in Germany, France and Britain in an effort to win freedom for al Qaeda prisoners.

8 Naples police held in abuse of protesters
NAPLES Eight Italian policemen were placed under house arrest Friday for suspected violence against anti-globalization protesters in Naples last year ahead of bloody clashes at the Group of Eight summit in Genoa in July.
The arrests drew angry protests from about 100 of their colleagues outside their headquarters on Friday night.
The Naples prosecutors office said the policemen were being investigated for purportedly committing violent acts against protesters during clashes between anti-capitalist demonstrators and police in the Mediterranean port city in March 2001.

WHO calls meeting on food cancer scare
GENEVA The World Health Organization said Friday that it plans to hold an urgent meeting to look into the health risks of a probable cancer-causing substance Swedish scientists discovered in potato products and other high-carbohydrate foods.
The study, released Wednesday, found that the substance known as acrylamide forms in varying levels when carbohydrates are heated in a certain way, such as by frying potatoes or baking bread. Researchers said the discovery could offer a clue about food-related cancers.
"Previous concerns about acrylamide were a result of known human exposure through drinking water and in certain occupations. The Swedish announcement is the first report of the presence of elevated levels of acrylamide in food," WHO said in a statement.

Weekly notes
Buses in the eastern Germany city of Frankfurt an der Oder are to run on natural gas from September, marking a first in Europe for the environmentally friendly fuel. The German Environment Ministry has granted the city on the Polish border $1.1 million to implement the project. The federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg, and the northern city of Hanover are also involved in the ecological initiative. Multimillionaire philanthropist and Muslim spiritual leader, the Aga Khan, plans to build the English-speaking world's biggest Islamic academic center in the historic heart of London. Under the $35 million proposal, the site opposite the centuries-old Houses of Parliament and next to Lambeth Palace, the official home of the Church of England's religious head along the River Thames would house various academic and cultural facilities built in line with local architecture.

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