- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 1, 2002

Sinn Fein rejects IRA's disbanding
BELFAST Sinn Fein's chief negotiator, Martin McGuinness, rejected newspaper reports yesterday that the Irish Republican Army guerrilla group was edging toward disarming and disbanding.
Several British newspapers reported yesterday that the IRA was moving toward a historic declaration that its war with Britain was over and that it had given up military operations and would decommission all weapons.
The reports coincided with a private meeting in England between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Ahern.

Land-mine blast kills 7 in medical convoy
LUANDA Seven persons were killed when a medical convoy ran over an anti-tank mine near the Angolan city of Mavinga, about 750 miles from Luanda, officials said yesterday.
The incident, which occurred Friday, came as a Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, group was returning to Mavinga after a three-week vaccination program, organization spokeswoman Fabienne Huyghet said.
Angola's government and UNITA rebels signed a peace agreement in April. But the country remains littered with land mines.

Oil slick from tanker threatens coast
MADRID An enormous oil slick advanced toward one of Europe's busiest fishing regions yesterday as mariners and fishermen raced to intercept it with floating barriers and oil-skimming boats.
The giant, multimillion-gallon sheen bobbed in the waves off the northwest Galician coast yesterday. The region has been mopping up its beaches and rocky coastline for the past two weeks after the first slick from the tanker Prestige washed ashore.
The Prestige was carrying about 20 million gallons when it broke apart Nov. 13, and about 4 million gallons seeped out.

Synagogue attacked in riot-torn Antwerp
BRUSSELS Unknown assailants hurled a Molotov cocktail yesterday at a synagogue in the Belgian port city of Antwerp, which was rocked by immigrant riots earlier this week, but no one was injured, Belgian media reported.
Tensions have been running high in the city since a 27-year-old Moroccan immigrant was fatally shot Tuesday, triggering two days of rioting by members of the city's Arab community. A 66-year-old Belgian man has been charged with his murder.

Judge halts arrests of unwed couples
TEHRAN Iran's police are not authorized to arrest young unmarried couples seen in the streets anymore, the government-run Iran newspaper reported yesterday.
"The police forces are not allowed to stop and question young boys and girls seen together in the streets, as in the past, unless there is a private complaint filed against them," a Tehran judge was quoted as saying by the daily Iran.
Police stations have been ordered to free those detained, the unidentified judge told the daily. Instead, the police will focus on dismantling brothels and cracking down on the black-market trade in alcohol, as well as the pirating of CDs, the paper said.

Swashbuckler Dumas enters Pantheon of icons
PARIS France buried the remains of Alexandre Dumas, the fast-writing, fast-living author of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo," in the crypt of the Pantheon in Paris yesterday, reuniting him with his friend Victor Hugo.
France's best-known writer of romantic adventures, equally renowned for his own torrid love life, was reburied in the state's official tomb of honor alongside fellow novelist Hugo, and Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire and dozens of other French luminaries.

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