- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

Suicide bomb again seen in U.S. consulate blast
KARACHI, Pakistan Shredded pieces of a vehicle's gearbox found near the U.S. consulate are leading police back to their original theory that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber rather than by someone who detonated the bomb by remote control.
Pakistani Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider told reporters yesterday that investigators believe the blast, which killed at least 12 persons and injured about 50, was set off by the driver of a pickup truck carrying the bomb.
Authorities originally believed the attack at the heavily guarded consulate was the work of a suicide bomber, but later decided the explosive device was placed secretly in the car of three women and triggered by remote control as the vehicle passed the U.S. compound.
However, a police official said the remote-detonation theory was being questioned after the discovery of pieces of the truck's gearbox.

Egypt's Mubarak declines G-8 invite
CAIRO Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will not attend the Group of Eight summit in Canada this week because of the Middle East crisis, the country's foreign minister said yesterday.
"The present circumstances in the region will not permit the president to attend" the meeting, Ahmed Maher told a press conference.
Mr. Mubarak was invited last month to the summit, which will bring together the leaders of the Group of Eight the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia.

Israeli satellite-TV firm drops CNN boycott talk
TEL AVIV Israel's Yes satellite-television provider said yesterday it would continue to carry CNN International and BBC World despite public calls to pull the two news channels off the air for supposed pro-Palestinian bias.
"We are not censors and will not decide for our subscribers what to see and what not to see," Chief Executive Shlomo Liran said in a statement.
Senior Yes board member Mr. Dissentshik said the U.S. network has said it will "review the way they cover the Israeli-Palestinian situation to see whether or not they are balanced."

Voice-recorder analysis leaves questions pending
TAIPEI, Taiwan Initial analysis of a black box from a China Airlines jet has yielded no clues in the crash last month that killed 225 persons, but it has shown several unusual sounds, the chief investigator said yesterday.
Minutes before the Boeing 747-200 went down, the cockpit voice recorder picked up a noise that sounded like a human heartbeat. But investigators have yet to identify the source of the noise, said Kay Yong, the chief investigator at Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council.

Chinese coal mine toll rises to 115 dead
BEIJING The death toll in a northeastern China coal mine blast blamed on faulty ventilation has risen to 115, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.
All who were in the mine during Thursday's blast have been accounted for, and most bodies have been brought to the surface for cremation, Xinhua said.
The agency quoted government spokesman Huang Yi as saying it was clear that the ventilation system had not been working properly and mine workers were not following proper safety standards. Those responsible will suffer "stern punishment," he said.

South Russian floods leave many homeless
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia Residents across southern Russian yesterday began shoveling mud from their water-soaked homes after floodwaters that killed dozens and forced 55,000 to evacuate started to recede.
The death toll had climbed to 48 by yesterday, and as many as 10 persons were reported missing, said Lt. Col. Alexander Lemeshev at the regional Emergency Situations Ministry.


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