- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2002

France seen as 'favored' terror target
PARIS France said yesterday that it was working on terror attack threats after intelligence reports this week said the country was a favored target of militant Islamic groups that remained active in Europe.
"The interior security council worked on all these questions [on Friday evening] but the work is confidential," Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said.
An official of the international police authority Interpol told Le Figaro newspaper Friday that Islamic militant group al Qaeda was preparing a "major terrorist" operation, with simultaneous attacks in several countries.
Another French newspaper Le Parisien said a leaked report by French undercover police said France was a "a favored target" for attacks.

Diana didn't want divorce, butler says
LONDON Princess Diana did not want a divorce from Prince Charles, and both former Prime Minister John Major and Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey intervened in the breakup of their marriage, her former butler said in an interview published yesterday.
"Diana never wanted a divorce. It was thrust upon her. She tried so hard for it not to happen. But in the end, her marriage was taken away from her," Paul Burrell told the Daily Mirror.
Diana was angered by a visit Mr. Major paid to her Kensington Palace residence to discuss the divorce, which she agreed to in the summer of 1996.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' voted best of 50 years
LONDON "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen's rousing rock classic, has been voted the greatest hit of the last 50 years, according to a poll released yesterday.
The 1975 operatic rock song beat out John Lennon's "Imagine," and "Hey Jude" by the Beatles, which took second and third places respectively.
Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" took the next two slots, according to the poll conducted by the Official U.K. Charts Company.
The Beatles claimed 14 of the top 100 slots. Contemporary stars barely get a mention, with only four tracks from the past decade making it into the top 100.

Activists, farmers protest near German nuke dump
GORLEBEN, Germany Several thousand anti-nuclear activists joined about 100 farmers on tractors yesterday to protest a forthcoming shipment of nuclear waste to a dump in northern Germany.
The demonstrators, whistling and beating drums, gathered for a rally a few hundred yards from the dump at Gorleben, where the shipment of 12 containers of waste from a reprocessing plant at La Hague in France is expected to arrive midweek.

Turkish Cypriot leader delays return home
NICOSIA, Cyprus Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has postponed his return home until next Friday after suffering complications from open heart surgery in New York, a top aide said yesterday.
The veteran 78-year-old leader's health is being keenly watched amid expectations that the United Nations will announce a draft peace plan for the divided island next week.
Doctors advised Mr. Denktash to delay his return to north Cyprus by two days to allow him more time to recover from two separate operations, aide Ergun Olgun said.

Rome strike grounds flights
ROME A four-hour strike by air traffic controllers yesterday afternoon at Rome's Fiumicino airport caused the cancelation and delay of dozens of flights from Italy's capital.
The work stoppage was to protest a proposed reorganization that would result in the transfer of some air traffic control employees and a deterioration in the quality of service, said the secretary general of the Cisal-Av union, Anna Maria Colloci.
Informed of the strike in advance, airlines rescheduled many flights. Nevertheless, Alitalia was forced to cancel 37 of its national and international flights departing from Rome.
Air France was forced to cancel two flights.

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