- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Iraqi Kurds clash with Islamists
TEHRAN Iraqi Kurdish fighters have clashed with a shadowy armed Islamist group said to be linked to al Qaeda in fighting which killed at least five persons.
An official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said yesterday a group of Ansar al-Islam fighters from northern Iraq had attacked one of their checkpoints close to the border with Iran last week.
The Kurds say the group has links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

Israeli archaeologists find Iron Age urns
JERUSALEM Archaeologists have uncovered hundreds of Iron Age Philistine religious objects near Tel Aviv, a senior scientist said yesterday, calling the find rare and significant.
The vessels, used in religious ceremonies, date to the ninth and 10th centuries B.C., said archaeologist Raz Kletter. Some have intricate inscriptions and red, black and white geometric patterns.

New terror threats detected in Britain
LONDON Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday urged Britons to steel themselves in the face of new terrorist threats detected almost daily, and warned that waging war on terrorism does not come "without a price."
"This is a new type of war, fought in a different way by different means. But as with all wars, it will test not just our ability to fight, but our character, our resilience and our belief in our own way of life," Mr. Blair said.
Mr. Blair was speaking at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London where traditionally the prime minister delivers his major foreign affairs speech of the year and in the wake of the deadly bombings in Bali last month and the siege of a Moscow theater by Chechen rebels.

'Shadow' prime minister feared in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey Outgoing Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit warned yesterday a new government seemed set to install a "shadow prime minister" in a move that could pose serious problems for the NATO member and European Union hopeful.
Justice and Development Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is barred from the top job because of a past conviction for inciting religious hatred.
"Someone who is not a member of parliament will appoint a prime minister and ministers. Someone who is not the prime minister will run the Cabinet. Turkey will be administered by a shadow prime minister and government," said Mr. Ecevit.

Sick Milosevic wants to defend himself
THE HAGUE Slobodan Milosevic yesterday rejected prosecutors' demands that the war-crimes tribunal appoint him a lawyer, saying he would keep defending himself despite his failing health.
Mr. Milosevic, 61, suffers heart problems and high blood pressure. His poor health has already delayed proceedings by several months since he was brought to The Hague in June 2001.

Indonesia reveals more Bali terror links
JAKARTA, Indonesia Investigators revealed yesterday that the top suspect in the Bali blasts studied under the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network, which has links to al Qaeda.
The announcement strengthens charges, voiced by several foreign intelligence agencies, that Jemaah Islamiyah was responsible for the Oct. 12 nightclub bombings that killed more than 190 people in one of Asia's most frequented tourist spots.
The 64-year-old Muslim cleric has also been detained but on earlier charges of killing Christians.

Rebels kidnap Catholic bishop
BOGOTA, Colombia Leftist rebels yesterday kidnapped one of Colombia's most senior Roman Catholic bishops in the countryside just outside the capital, Bogota, the army said.
The suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia a rebel group known by the Spanish initials FARC took Monsignor Jorge Enrique Jimenez, the bishop of Zipaquira, who presides over the Latin American Episcopal Council, together with another priest, the army said.
The FARC, the country's largest guerrilla army, has also begun a campaign of kidnapping politicians and other prominent people in an attempt to force the release of jailed rebels. In February, after peace talks between the FARC and the government broke down, the guerrillas seized minor presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who they are still holding.


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