- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2002

Afghan officials seize weapons in Jalalabad
JALALABAD, Afghanistan Police seized weapons and explosives in two early morning raids yesterday as provincial authorities and central government officials disagreed over whether a deadly blast was the work of terrorists or simply an accident.
At least 80 percent of a village near the site of the Friday explosion a highway construction firm's warehouse was destroyed in the blast on the outskirts of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Eleven persons were killed, including four children.
Hazrat Ali, the military commander for Nangarhar province, insisted yesterday that the explosion at the Afghan Construction and Logistical Unit was caused by a bomb intended for the nearby Darunta hydroelectric dam.

Taiwan head seeks unity in face of China threat
TAIPEI, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian said the Taiwanese should unify against the Chinese military threat.
Mr. Chen has faced intense Chinese propaganda attacks since saying Aug. 3 that there was "one country on each side" of the 100-mile Taiwan Strait. Beijing viewed the remarks as an assertion of Taiwanese independence and issued a stream of military threats in its state-run media.
Mr. Chen shied away from restating that position in a speech yesterday to a tiny pro-independence group, but said Taiwanese of all political stripes must unite to strengthen the island against the mainland.
"Facing China's military threat and its suppression of our space on the international stage, we must unite and stop fighting among ourselves," he told members of the Taiwan Solidarity Union.

Yemen arrests militants for suspected bomb plot
SAN'A, Yemen Six suspected Muslim militants were arrested for reportedly planning an attack in the capital, San'a, security officials said yesterday. Two more were arrested in connection with a previous blast.
The six planned to bomb an "important site" in the capital, security officials said without elaborating. Police also said two more persons were arrested after a bomb exploded prematurely Friday in a San'a apartment, killing two bomb makers.
Police said they uncovered plastic explosives and grenades during the search of the apartment.

Two Brazilian leftists lead in latest poll
BRASILIA, Brazil The nation's two top left-leaning presidential candidates maintained solid leads over government candidate Jose Serra, who edged lower in a poll released yesterday that showed scant change in voting intentions.
Front-running left-wing candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had 34 percent of voters' support, unchanged from a previous poll, while second-place center-leftist Ciro Gomes slipped one percentage point to 29 percent, pollster Vox Populi said.
Former Health Minister Serra, the candidate of the centrist government and investors' pick for president, dropped a point to 12 percent in the poll, carried out in the wake of Brazil's announcement that it had agreed to a $30 billion loan with the International Monetary Fund.

Chavez says he'll close markets in trade spat
CARACAS, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said he will erect trade barriers to protect Venezuelan industries that are threatened by trade practices abroad.
"Venezuela isn't obliged to comply with the regulations" of the World Trade Organization because it and other developing nations face unfair trade practices by industrialized countries, Mr. Chavez said late Saturday.
Venezuela's textile, steel and agricultural industries are suffering because foreign governments are subsidizing exports to Venezuela. "If we have to block our borders to imports, we'll block them," he said.

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