- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 4, 2002

Bosnia police raid charity's offices
SARAJEVO, Bosnia Bosnian police yesterday raided offices used by a Saudi-based charity blacklisted by the United States for suspected links to terrorism, a top official said.
The operation targeting offices used by the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in the central Bosnian town of Travnik was carried out on the orders of the Supreme Court of the Federation.
Bosnian Radio One said police seized computer equipment and documents and raided several private buildings. The foundation has strenuously denied any links to terrorism.

Nine are accused of human trafficking
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands Dutch police arrested nine Chinese who reportedly helped smuggle illegal immigrants to England, including the 58 Chinese who suffocated in the back of a truck two years ago, a justice official said yesterday.
Police also found 25 Chinese in several houses waiting for transportation to Britain.
The arrests broke the ring uncovered two years ago after customs agents in the English port of Dover found 58 bodies in a truck brought by ferry, a prosecutor said.

Colombia explosion kills seven children
BOGOTA, Colombia An explosion believed to be a rebel attack killed nine persons, including seven children, injured 24 others and leveled a two-story apartment building and a mini-mart in northwestern Colombia, police said yesterday.
The blast shook the town of Chigorodo at midday Sunday, a police officer said by telephone from the village near the Panamanian border.
"We believe it was a FARC attack," the police officer said, referring to the country's main rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Several policemen lived in the apartment building, including patrolman Juan Camilo Puerta Tapias, who died in the blast along with his wife and young daughter, police said.

Shas party rejoins Sharon government
JERUSALEM Israel's ultra-Orthodox Shas party formally rejoined Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government yesterday, broadening his ruling majority two weeks after he fired Shas ministers for voting against an austerity plan.
Parliament ratified the return of Shas' four ministers to the Cabinet by a vote of 54-24 and they were then sworn in. With the support of Shas' 17 legislators, the government will control 77 of the 120 seats in parliament.

Nepalese troops kill at least 11 rebels
KATMANDU, Nepal Nepal said yesterday at least 11 Maoist guerrillas and one civilian had been killed in the past 24 hours in the Himalayan kingdom as soldiers continued their crackdown on the insurgents.
A Defense Ministry statement said soldiers trying to repulse a rebel attack fatally shot nine militants yesterday in Banke district in west Nepal. Two rebels were killed in separate gun battles elsewhere Sunday.
Nepal has struggled to crush a violent Maoist rebellion in which more than 4,000 people have been killed since 1996, some 2,000 of them in the past six months.

Belfast erupts for fourth night
BELFAST Two persons were shot yesterday as violence erupted for a fourth night running in a flashpoint district of Belfast, Northern Ireland police said.
The gunfire came just hours after Northern Ireland's police chief warned the province "was sleepwalking into an abyss" following several days of sectarian rioting.
The violence has been in the Short Strand district, a Roman Catholic enclave in mainly Protestant east Belfast.
Police said the shots were fired from a Catholic area into a Protestant zone. Three Protestants, two 15-year-old boys and a 39-year-old man were wounded, none seriously, in a similar incident on Sunday.

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