- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Paraguay orders state of emergency

ASUNCION, Paraguay Police fired rubber bullets to disperse lingering demonstrators yesterday as Paraguay simmered under a state of emergency imposed to quell widespread protests that have left two dead and 53 injured.

The show of strength by Paraguay's security forces restored an uneasy calm to Paraguay, the latest South American country to become engulfed by the region's spreading economic and political malaise.

President Luis Gonzalez Macchi's government blamed the protests on Lino Oviedo, a former army chief reported to be living in asylum in Brazil, and asked its South American neighbor to halt the subversive activities.

India denies reports of troop pullout

JAMMU, India The Indian army has withdrawn three strike divisions from the Pakistan frontier, reducing its war readiness on the border as militant infiltrations decline, high-ranking army and government officials said yesterday.

The army withdrew the three strike divisions a week ago, before a militant attack Saturday that killed 28 persons, the officials told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

In New Delhi, the Defense Ministry publicly denied the report on the withdrawal. A strike division has about 6,000 soldiers.

Fiji TV says hijackers lived on the island

NADI, Fiji U.S. diplomats in Fiji are investigating media reports that two of the September 11 hijackers were living in this South Pacific nation before taking part in the terrorist attacks, an embassy spokesman said yesterday.

State-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corp. reported that U.S. intelligence agencies believe two of the terrorists entered the United States from Fiji, where they had lived for six months. It did not name the terrorists or the source of the report.

Al Qaeda suspects held with video of U.S. sites

MADRID Three al Qaeda suspects were taken into custody yesterday, including one who had videotaped several American landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center.

Police said they were convinced the footage, taken during a 1997 visit to the United States by one of the detainees, was much more than "tourist curiosity."

At least one suspect was recruited by a man whom Spanish authorities say helped prepare the September 11 attacks and was linked to the al Qaeda cell that included hijacker Mohamed Atta.

Reporter wins reprieve from Zimbabwe order

HARARE, Zimbabwe Officials gave a temporary reprieve yesterday to an American reporter ordered deported after he was found not guilty of violating Zimbabwe's harsh new media laws.

Andrew Meldrum, a permanent resident of Zimbabwe who writes for Britain's Guardian newspaper, appealed Monday's order demanding he leave the country within 24 hours.

Thais defuse bomb in Muslim south

BANGKOK Thai police yesterday defused a 22-pound bomb left at a cafe in the Muslim-majority south, which has been rocked by violent attacks in recent months, the police chief said.

The powerful remote-control device was discovered and defused midday at a cafe in Su-ngai Kolok district of southernmost Narathiwat province on the day of an inspection tour by national police chief Gen. Sant Surathanond.

Indian scientists say cow urine healthy

PARIS Indian scientists say cow urine is a "bio-enhancer" that can dramatically reduce dosages and side effects for patients taking antibiotics and cancer drugs, a specialist journal, Chemistry and Industry, reports in its July issue.

The scientists have received an American patent for the discovery that a "distillate of cows' urine" greatly boosts cell membrane's ability to absorb drugs.

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