- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 6, 2002

Suspected paramilitary killed by own bomb

BELFAST A suspected Protestant paramilitary who was found dead in Northern Ireland was apparently killed when a pipe bomb he was working on exploded in his face, police said Friday, reviving fears of a new flare-up of sectarian violence.
William Campbell, 19, died instantly in the explosion Thursday night in the town of Coleraine, northwest of Belfast, a police spokesman said.
Police have linked Mr. Campbell to the Ulster Defense Association (UDA), one of the main paramilitary loyalist factions, which broke its cease-fire last autumn and opposes the peace process.
Mr. Campbell's body was found in the Heights neighborhood close to the abandoned house that served as a bomb-making station for the paramilitary group.

Soldiers dismissed after New Year's brawl
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina Four British soldiers were dismissed from peacekeeping duty in Bosnia after a New Year's Eve brawl in a cafe in the northern town of Gradiska, reports said.
"We can confirm that an incident did take place on New Year's Eve in Gradiska," said Lt. Toby Strong, a spokesman for the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR).
Local media reported that the four British soldiers serving in SFOR were drunk when they attacked a man in a Gradiska cafe, called the "British house."
The four later halted traffic in the town and pointed a rifle at passers-by and policemen who tried to take them to a station.

Germans drinking more soft drinks
BERLIN German soft-drink consumption reached a new record in 2001 at 67 gallons per person, one gallon more than in 2000 and 14 gallons more than 10 years ago, the Soft Drink Sellers' Association said yesterday.
The association attributed this trend to greater consciousness of the health dangers of alcohol.
Mineral water accounted for most of the non-alcoholic drinks consumed in 2001: 28 gallons per person, an increase of 3.8 percent over the previous year.
Consumption of sweet soda waters saw a small rise of 0.5 percent to 28 gallons per person, that of high-energy or protein drinks was up too, but fruit juices saw a fall of 1 percent to 10 gallons per person.
However, Germans remained big drinkers of wine, beer and spirits, consuming a total of 40 gallons per person last year.

Latvia charges American with sex crimes
RIGA, Latvia A U.S. citizen posing as a missionary and offering to teach English in Latvian schools was charged yesterday with sexually abusing minors and using a child to produce pornography, prosecutors said.
Thomas Pendelton, 59, was charged with seven counts of sexually abusing two minors and one count of using a child to produce pornography, said the spokeswoman of the general prosecutor's office, Dzintra Subrovska.
Mr. Pendelton, a resident of Pennsylvania, faces a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Private LNT television reported that Mr. Pendelton reputedly sexually abused a 13-year-old girl and a nine-year-old boy.

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