- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 10, 2002

NORWAY
DVD hackers' hero pleads not guilty
OSLO Norwegian teenager Jon Lech Johansen pleaded not guilty to breaking data-security laws in the first day of a widely watched trial over a program that unlocks the security codes of DVDs.
Mr. Johansen was 15 when he wrote and distributed without charge on the Internet a program that unlocked copy-protected DVDs, giving Hollywood nightmares and making him a folk hero among hackers.

BANGLADESH
Families grieve for bomb victims
DHAKA Grieving families flew black Muslim flags and offered prayers for the dead yesterday after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia vowed to hunt down the bombers of four crowded cinemas.
No suspects have been identified and no one claimed responsibility for Sunday night's blasts, which killed 18 persons and injured 200.

SPAIN
More cracks found in oil tanker's hull
MADRID A French submarine discovered three more cracks in the stern of the sunken oil tanker Prestige that could leak more fuel oil onto the Spanish coastline, Spain said yesterday.
The Prestige, laden with 77,000 tons of thick, toxic fuel oil, snapped in two and sank off the prime fishing coast of Spain's northwestern Galicia region Nov. 19, leaving a foul black tide in its wake.
The spill has thrown tens of thousands of fishermen out of work, devastated wildlife and tarred the Spanish government with criticism over its crisis management.

KENYA
Images released of terror suspects
MOMBASA Police released computer-generated images of two men believed to have taken part in the Nov. 28 terror attacks on two Israeli targets in Kenya.
The images of the unidentified men one bearded with a receding hairline, the other with a shaven face and head are based on information from witnesses, said Deputy Commissioner of Police William Langat.

Germany
African baffled by snow-clad car
BERLIN A man from the West African country of Gambia who was not used to Germany's winter weather woke up to find his car had gone completely white overnight and called police to complain that vandals had painted it.
Police in the central German town of Hildesheim responding to the call discovered the man had mistaken snow on his car for paint when he looked down from his apartment window.

CUBA
Refugee survives frigid freedom flight
MONTREAL A Cuban man who survived four frigid hours inside the wheel well of a flight from Havana to Montreal will remain in detention at least until next week because his motives are "not very credible," a Canadian immigration official said yesterday.
The stowaway wedged himself beside the landing gear of the DC-10 jetliner, and survived low oxygen levels and temperatures that plunged as low as minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

CANADA
Joint group set up with U.S. on disasters
OTTAWA Canada said yesterday it had created a joint planning group with the United States to help better respond to a terrorist attack or natural disaster in North America, but strongly denied that Ottawa was ceding sovereignty to Washington.
The new group will develop coordinated plans to deal with a range of calamities. It will also coordinate maritime surveillance, and intelligence sharing.

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