- The Washington Times - Monday, December 23, 2002

AFGHANISTAN
Girls found safe after helicopter crash
BERLIN The German Defense Ministry said yesterday that two Afghan girls who were missing and feared dead in a German helicopter crash in Kabul have returned to their parents.
But a spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Berlin said it could not be ruled out that Afghan victims would be found beneath the wreckage of the helicopter that crashed Saturday, killing all seven German crew members.

ISRAEL
Lieberman equates violence with terrorism
JERUSALEM Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, equated attacks against Israel with world terrorism in a visit with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday, part of his tour of the Middle East.
Mr. Lieberman, the Democratic candidate for vice president in 2000, is considered a front-runner for the party's 2004 presidential nomination. He has said he would make a decision about whether to seek the nomination at the beginning of next year.
The senator, an Orthodox Jew with distant relatives in Israel, did not say why he was visiting the region, but Israel and the Palestinian areas are a favorite stop for U.S. presidential candidates.
Standing next to Mr. Sharon before their meeting in Jerusalem, Mr. Lieberman said Israel and the United States are "trying to defeat our terrorist enemies," linking Israel's struggles against Palestinian violence and the U.S.-led campaign against al Qaeda.

KUWAIT
French reporter dies, was hit by U.S. tank
UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait A reporter for a French television station died yesterday after being struck by a tank the previous day during military exercises in northwestern Kuwait.
Patrick Bounnat, 51, of Paris died about 4:30 a.m. in a Kuwaiti hospital of injuries he suffered in the accident during a live-fire exercise a few miles from the Iraqi border involving about 5,000 troops from Georgia-based units, military officials said yesterday.
Mr. Bounnat, a veteran war correspondent for TV One in Paris, was struck as he stepped in front of a tank that was traveling about 20 mph through a narrow lane in a barbed-wire obstacle, said Maj. Mike Donovan, the operations officer for Task Force 1-64, from Fort Stewart, Ga.

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