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Gunman fires outside Greek leader's home
ATHENS A man wielding a shotgun fired shots at the home of the Greek prime minister yesterday and was arrested after a gunbattle with police, authorities said.
The gunman, identified as a 38-year-old Dimitris Aivatzidis was injured, but no one else was hurt.
Prime Minister Costas Simitis was inside the building when the incident occurred, in a heavily policed area of central Athens. The entrance of the apartment block was damaged by one of the shots.
Police said they were not treating the incident as an attack on the prime minister's life but said it was not immediately clear if there was a political motive for the shooting.

France probes man linked to Moussaoui
PARIS An Islamic militant with reported ties to key U.S. terror suspect Zacarias Moussaoui was placed under investigation yesterday in connection with a plot to blow up a cathedral in eastern France, judicial officials said.
The man, who has both French and Algerian citizenship, was put under investigation one step short of being formally charged by an anti-terrorism judge, officials said. Police took the unidentified suspect into custody on Tuesday from his home in Paris.
TF1 Television reported the suspect had been in contact with Moussaoui, the only man charged in the United States in connection with the September 11 terror attacks. He also had ties to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, TF1 reported.

Liberia recaptures town from rebels
MONROVIA, Liberia Liberian troops recaptured a northern town believed to have been used by insurgents as a transit point for supplies and rebel fighters based in neighboring Guinea, an official said yesterday.
But even as troops retook the border town of Jorwah, government forces were being attacked by rebels elsewhere in the north, Defense Minister Daniel Chea said.
Mr. Chea gave no details on when Jorwah was recaptured. He said rebels on Friday attacked the northern town of Vahun. He said fighting was continuing there yesterday, as well as in Kolahun, Voinjama, Bopolu and Tubmanburg.

40 feared dead as ferry capsizes in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda About 40 people were feared drowned when a boat capsized on Lake Victoria, flinging passengers into waves and darkness as an overnight storm raged on Africa's biggest lake, Ugandan police said yesterday.
Seven persons were rescued and four bodies recovered after the accident, which followed a similar disaster on the lake last month in which 27 persons were estimated to have drowned.
The motorized passenger ferry was on its way from the Ugandan shore to Bukasa island, which lies about 37 miles from the mainland and is one of many isles dotting the lake.

Former ruler returns to power in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali Ahmadou Toumani Toure, the former paratroop officer who overthrew a dictator in Mali a decade ago, returned to power yesterday after winning an election landslide in the impoverished West African country.
Mr. Toure, 54, took office from President Alpha Oumar Konare, 56, who stepped down after serving the 10 years he was allowed by the constitution, a rule that is seen as a model of democracy in Africa.
Mr. Toure won more than 64 percent of the vote in a second-round runoff against the ruling party's candidate on May 12.

Pakistan seizes tons of Europe-bound heroin
QUETTA, Pakistan Pakistani security forces seized 2 tons of heroin after a gunfight with Afghans attempting to smuggle the drug to Europe via Iran, a Pakistani official said yesterday.
The commander of the Kharan Rifles paramilitary force, Sadiq Ali Shah, said the seizure was made on Friday in the Chagai border district in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, of which Quetta is the capital.
He said the Afghans fled into hills on the Iranian side of the border after a gunbattle lasting one hour, leaving the heroin. He put the street value in Europe of the seized heroin at $13 million.

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