- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 26, 2002

Pakistan police looking for missing reporter
KARACHI, Pakistan An American reporter for the Wall Street Journal has gone missing in Pakistan, apparently while investigating Islamic militant groups linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda, Pakistani officials said yesterday.
The newspaper's publisher, Dow Jones & Co, said in a statement that the reporter, Daniel Pearl, was working on a story and did not check in with his bureau Wednesday evening.
A senior official in southern Pakistan's Sindh provincial government said police had begun searching for Mr. Pearl in the southern port city of Karachi and in neighboring Baluchistan province.

Mussolini kin seeks party leader post
ROME Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Itay's wartime fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, openly challenged Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini yesterday for the leadership of Italy's biggest conservative party.
In a move bound to divide the National Alliance, which is a major component of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition government, Miss Mussolini said the party needed a "big shaking up."
Miss Mussolini, a member of the lower house of parliament, made her move three days after Mr. Fini declared that he had changed his mind about comments he made in 1994 when he said Benito Mussolini was the 20th century's greatest statesman.

Bomb kills three; Colombian rebels blamed
BOGOTA, Colombia A bomb blast ripped through a Bogota restaurant frequented by Colombian police yesterday, killing three officers and a 5-year-old boy in an attack police blamed on Marxist rebels.
Nine others were hurt in the lunchtime explosion in the restaurant in the working-class Fatima district of Colombia's capital. The restaurant was near a police station.
Police believe the bomb was the work of the Marxist guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The 17,000-member FARC has stepped up attacks against security forces and the energy and water infrastructure in recent weeks despite signing a landmark pact with the government last Sunday to reach a cease-fire deal by April 7.

Ebola continues to kill in Central Africa
LIBREVILLE, Gabon Ebola has claimed five more victims in Gabon, news reports said yesterday, bringing the death toll from the disease in two Central African countries to 34.
The new deaths were reported in the remote northeastern town of Mekambo, Health Minister Faustin Boukoubi was quoted as saying in the state-run newspaper, L'Union.
A total of 26 persons have been infected in Gabon, 23 of whom have died, according to World Health Organization figures. The neighboring Republic of Congo has confirmed 16 cases.

Mexico party to break contact with Fox
MEXICO CITY Mexico's former ruling party will break off relations with President Vicente Fox after the administration accused party members of illegally receiving $120 million from the state-owned oil company.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, on Thursday accused Mr. Fox of seeking to shore up his sagging popularity by announcing its biggest investigation into past corruption, something Mr. Fox has avoided doing since taking office in December 2000.
Earlier this week, the federal comptroller accused the Pemex oil workers union, headed by PRI member Carlos Romero Deschamps, of laundering money for the presidential campaign of Francisco Labastida, the PRI candidate who lost to Mr. Fox.

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