- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002

Suicide bomber strikes Israel
JERUSALEM A Palestinian woman set off explosives at an Israeli roadblock in the West Bank yesterday, killing herself and wounding two companions and two Israeli police officers, police said.
The bombing came after Israeli troops killed four armed Arabs in gunbattles, and a Palestinian employee shot dead an Israeli factory manager in an attack that was apparently politically motivated.
The incidents came after a heated meeting between Palestinian and Israeli security commanders convened to find ways to ease 17 months of conflict.

Sex abuse scandal rocks United Nations
NEW YORK The United Nations chief yesterday ordered an urgent investigation into accusations that U.N. staff sexually abused children in refugee camps in West Africa.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was shocked by reports of extensive exploitation of young people already battered by years of war.
Mr. Annan ordered the investigation a day after the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and a major children's charity reported accusations of extensive sexual exploitation of refugee children in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone by local employees of more than 40 private aid organizations and U.N. agencies.

Rival marches mark Venezuela anniversary
CARACAS, Venezuela Tens of thousands of Venezuelans staged rival marches yesterday to commemorate deadly 1989 riots, underscoring a widening rift over President Hugo Chavez, who faced growing military dissent and falling popularity.
Thousands of Chavez supporters marched through central Caracas, wearing red berets favored by the leftist president and shouting, "Tell the truth," as they passed the offices of El Universal, a leading newspaper that has criticized the president.

American brothers remembered in Kosovo
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia Hands on their hearts, thousands of ethnic Albanians gathered yesterday around the coffins of three American brothers killed execution-style in 1999 in the chaotic aftermath of Kosovo's war. Their bodies were found in a mass grave.
Forming a circle around the coffins draped in the American and Albanian flags, the crowd embraced the Bytyqi family as they came to take home the bodies of their sons, who were put to death by Serbian forces nearly three years ago.
Yll, Agron and Mehmet Bytyqi, who ranged in age from 21 to 24, left their jobs making pizzas in New York to fight with 400 other Americans of ethnic Albanian origin in a unit called the Atlantic Battalion. The unit joined guerrillas fighting against Slobodan Milosevic's crackdown against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999.

Thailand seizes passports of U.S., British reporters
BANGKOK Thai authorities fingerprinted an American and a British journalist and seized their passports, accusing them of being threats to national security, and the prime minister warned the United States not to meddle in the case.
Thailand's government ordered the expulsions of American Shawn Crispin, the bureau chief of the Asian Wall Street Journal and Far Eastern Economic Review, and Briton Rodney Tasker, a correspondent for the two publications, for a Jan. 10 article claiming tensions existed between Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Zimbabwean court rejects electoral changes
HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's Supreme Court yesterday tossed out changes to the electoral system that President Robert Mugabe had pushed through Parliament last month, the official ZIANA news agency said.
The amendments to the electoral code had been defeated by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Parliament, but Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa quickly pushed through enough further votes to override the MDC's victory.

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