- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 20, 2002

DNA tests confirm found body is Pearl's
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan A senior Pakistani investigator said yesterday that DNA tests had confirmed that a decapitated body found in a shallow grave in Karachi in May was that of kidnapped American journalist Daniel Pearl.
In addition, lawyers defending British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed appealed his conviction and death sentence for Mr. Pearl's kidnapping and murder.
U.S. and Pakistani officials would not confirm the result, although police long have believed the torso, severed head and other body parts found in a garden on the outskirts of Karachi were those of the Wall Street Journal reporter.

Norway resumes whale exports
OSLO Norway has defied a global ban and exported whale meat this week for the first time in 14 years, Norwegian whalers said yesterday.
Oslo said world opinion would not curb its independence. Greenpeace activists accused the government of "arrogance."
Norway refuses to sign on to the trading ban, along with Japan and Iceland, but had not sold whale meat or blubber since 1988 until a small shipment arrived in Iceland in midweek.
"It feels good to get started. Even though it's not a huge quantum, it's a step in the right direction," said Ole Mindor Myklebust of the export firm Myklebust Trading.
Concerns for the survival of the world's biggest mammals persuaded most fishing nations to ban commercial whaling in 1986.
Norway, with a long history of whaling, resumed commercial hunting of minke whales in 1993, arguing their numbers are up from extinction levels and they are in fact damaging fish stocks.

Pope decries attacks on Jewish graves
ROME Pope John Paul II added his voice yesterday to outrage over the desecration of at least 50 graves at a Jewish cemetery in Rome, as Jewish families began the painful work of repairing the extensive damage.
"Words fail me, it's just awful," said one man, his eyes filling with tears as he stood before a scarred grave. "They tried to set light to my father's tomb. Luckily, it was not too badly damaged. Not even the dead have peace."
Police officials acknowledged they had no clear lead on who was behind the attack, which took place in the early hours of Thursday and led to fears of increasing anti-Semitism.

Thousands in Iran rally against U.S.
TEHRAN Tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the Iranian capital, Tehran, yesterday, chanting "Death to America" in a furious backlash against President Bush's overtures to Iranian reformists.
While the turnout was not unusual for an anti-U.S. rally, the protest was significant in that the participants included those who are seeking to change the Islamic regime, notably Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi
In his statements last week, Mr. Bush denounced Iran's government for its "uncompromising, destructive policies," but expressed support for those Iranians who spoke out on behalf of a reformist cleric who resigned as a mosque preacher early this month to protest the influence of hard-liners in government.

Plane crews tried to avoid collision
BERLIN Pilots of two jets that collided over southern Germany killing 71 persons each saw the other aircraft coming and attempted last-ditch avoidance maneuvers a few seconds before the planes hit at 35,000 feet, investigators said yesterday.
Partial assessments of the black-box recorders also found that both planes' computers simultaneously told pilots to take emergency evasive action 36 seconds before the July 1 crash, nine seconds later than previously estimated, the German air-accident investigation office said.
"The recordings allow the conclusion that members of both planes' crews saw the other aircraft a few seconds before the crash and attempted to avoid the collision with appropriate maneuvers," the office said in a statement. The planes slammed into each other at a right angle, it said.

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