- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 23, 2002

U.S. Embassy in Bosnia threatened by terrorists
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina The U.S. Embassy shut down all operations yesterday because of a terrorist threat, which came just days after police raided an Islamic charity and seized bogus passports, weapons and plans for making bombs and booby traps, officials said.
The closure came a day after Bosnian police raided an Islamic charity, Bosnian Ideal Future, formerly known as the Benevolentia International Foundation.

Man with explosives caught at airport
HELSINKI Police detained a 19-year-old man who tried to board a domestic flight in eastern Finland with explosives, officials said yesterday.
The man, a Finn, was detained at Joensuu Airport, 270 miles northeast of Helsinki, late Thursday when the explosives were found during a routine security check of passengers about to board a Finnair flight to the capital, Detective Chief Inspector Jorma Alvila said.
"He had [7 ounces] of TNT, fuse wire and a small amount of drugs," Inspector Alvila said. "He did not act threateningly and denies any knowledge of the explosives."

Muslim fanatics attack civilians in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India Attackers hurled grenades at a bus stop and marketplace yesterday, wounding 52 persons in an attack on civilian targets in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Police blamed Islamic separatists for the attacks, and army officers said three militants were killed in gun battles in two other places in Kashmir yesterday.
The civilian casualties in yesterday's attacks were the highest since the Oct. 1 bombing of the Jammu-Kashmir state assembly building in Srinagar, where 38 persons were killed and approximately 60 wounded mostly civilians.

Rights group accuses China of crackdown
BEIJING China has carried out sweeping arrests since September 11, detaining possibly thousands of people in a crackdown on opponents of Chinese rule in its restive Muslim northwest, Amnesty International said yesterday.
Many of those detained in Xinjiang province and accused of terrorism or separatism may have done "little more than practice their religion or defend their culture," Amnesty said in a 33-page report.
A Chinese government spokeswoman would not comment on specific cases cited by Amnesty but accused the London-based rights group of using "fabricated information to accuse China on a groundless basis."

Paralyzed woman wins right to die in Britain
LONDON A paralyzed woman who wants doctors to remove the ventilator that keeps her alive should be given the right to die, a British court ruled yesterday.
The decision was relayed by video link to the hospital bedside of the woman, identified only as B.
Britain's top family court judge, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, ruled the patient had the necessary mental capacity to give or refuse consent to life-sustaining medical treatment.
The 43-year-old woman has been paralyzed from the neck down since a blood vessel ruptured in her neck a year ago. She is unable to breathe unaided.

Taiwan raids magazine over corruption expose
HONG KONG Two days after the offices of its Taiwanese edition were raided by officials who seized thousands of copies, the publisher of Next Magazine said that the periodical hadn't been banned and its operations were back to normal.
"The business of the Taiwan branch office has been operated as usual," said Next Media Ltd., controlled by Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, in a legal announcement placed in local newspapers yesterday.
Taiwanese officials raided the Taipei offices and printing house of the Next Magazine on Wednesday and seized 160,000 copies of the March 20 issue, which exposed secret government slush funds reportedly used by former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.

Chemical monitor chief refuses to quit post
THE HAGUE The head of the U.N. chemical weapons monitoring organization lost a U.S.-sponsored vote of no-confidence in his leadership yesterday, but he refused to step down.
A senior U.S. official said the executive committee of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted "overwhelmingly" against the Brazilian director-general, Jose Bustani, even though more countries abstained than voted.


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