- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2002

Arab Israeli women heldover bomber's warning
JERUSALEM Two Arab Israeli nursing students were arrested on suspicion they failed to inform authorities about an impending suicide-bomb attack on a bus in which they were traveling, police said yesterday.
Yasri Bakhri and Samia Asadi, both 19-year-old women from Arab villages in Israel, got off the bus after the Palestinian assailant told one of them that "something horrible" was going to happen, said Ilan Harush, a local police chief.
Twenty minutes later, the bomber set off the explosives he was carrying, killing himself and nine others.

Racial-equality officialquits after altercation
LONDON The head of Britain's watchdog agency on racial relations resigned yesterday after pleading guilty to threatening to assault police officers during an altercation as he left a cricket match.
Gurbux Singh, 51, who had been chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality for two years, was fined $850 by the Bow Street Magistrates Court for public disorder.
Prosecutors said Mr. Singh repeatedly swore and waved his fists at police and tried to head-butt one officer during the incident July 13.

Yemen boostssecurity ties with U.S.
SAN'A, Yemen Yemen has set up a security body to boost cooperation with the United States in its campaign against terrorism as the country seeks to shake the image of a haven for Muslim militants.
The state-run Saba news agency said yesterday the National Security Apparatus, which will report directly to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, aims to develop ties with friendly security agencies to "combat terrorist activities."

Jordan shuts downArab TV bureau
AMMAN, Jordan Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Adwan ordered the closure yesterday of the Amman office of the Qatar-based satellite TV channel Al Jazeera and banned its correspondents from working.
The closure order came one day after Al Jazeera broadcast a popular talk show during which Jordan and the royal family were criticized for their Middle East policies.

Walesa shaves offtrademark mustache
GDANSK, Poland Legendary Polish pro-democracy leader Lech Walesa, who once turned down a million-dollar offer to shave his mustache, at last has taken a razor to his upper lip.
But he is not happy with the results. "I wanted to cause a bit of a fuss over the summer holidays, but my wife, Danuta, and I realized it wasn't a good idea," said the former shipyard electrician and leader of the Solidarity trade union that toppled communism.
Mr. Walesa, who served as Poland's president in the early 1990s, once turned down a $1 million offer from a U.S. razor firm to shave his walrus mustache.

Suspicious lettersseized in France
LYON, France Suspicions were raised last week when about 30 padded letters destined for the United States were stuffed into a mailbox at a small post office in southeastern France.
Fearing the envelopes might contain biological agents such as anthrax, police carefully opened them and found pills sometimes taken by athletes who want to bulk up or improve their performance.

Palestinian militanthas nowhere to go
NICOSIA, Cyprus The most senior of 13 Palestinian militants exiled to end the siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity appealed to the European Union yesterday to end the uncertainty over his fate and give him a new, temporary home.
Abdullah Daoud had been left in effective limbo in Cyprus since 12 of his comrades were dispersed around Europe in an EU-brokered deal ending the siege in May.

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