- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 13, 2002

Belfast postal worker killed by gunman

BELFAST A Roman Catholic postal worker was shot and killed as he arrived for work in Belfast yesterday, and an outlawed Protestant group claimed responsibility.
Daniel McColgan, 20, was shot several times outside a Royal Mail sorting office in north Belfast's largely Protestant Rathcoole area just before 5 a.m., police said. He died two hours later in a hospital.
Two men with scarves pulled across their faces were seen fleeing the scene in a silver Renault that was later found abandoned nearby, police said.
A group called the Red Hand Defenders said it had carried out the killing. Police consider the name a front for members of Northern Ireland's largest illegal paramilitary group, the Ulster Defense Association, and of other illegal Protestant groups.

Car bomb hurts 2 after phone warning
BILBAO, Spain A car bomb exploded on a downtown street in this Basque region city after a warning call yesterday, wounding two persons who were hit by flying shards of glass, police said. They said an anonymous caller claimed the Basque separatist group ETA was responsible.
The midafternoon blast shattered windows in several buildings and sent a plume of black smoke into the air. Police had evacuated the area after a caller phoned a warning to a newspaper and claimed ETA planted the bomb.
Television footage showed police waving scared people away from the busy area of banks and shops minutes before a red Renault exploded in flames.
The security chief for the Basque region, Interior Minister Javier Balza, said the car was loaded with as much as 44 pounds dynamite.

Italy's credentials called good
ROME Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the former French president charged with guiding European Union reform, sought to quell suspicions of Italian euro-scepticism Friday by lauding Silvio Berlusconi's pro-Europe credentials.
Mr. Giscard told a news conference after meeting the Italian prime minister that he was impressed with Mr. Berlusconi's "European credo".
Mr. Berlusconi has been under fire since effectively ousting his pro-Europe foreign minister, Renato Ruggiero, and seizing the ministry portfolio for himself, declaring that Italy would become more assertive in European affairs.

Terror suspect may get bail
LONDON An Algerian-born pilot suspected by the United States of involvement in the September 11 attacks may be released from a British jail if terror charges are not brought against him soon, a judge said Friday.
Lotfi Raissi, 27, who has been in custody since his arrest in Britain last September, broke down and wept at a court hearing at London's Belmarsh Prison after hearing that U.S. prosecutors have not yet charged him with any terror offense.
The U.S. government suspects Mr. Raissi of training four of the September 11 hijackers to fly, but so far has brought only a minor charge of making a false statement when applying for a pilot's license.

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