- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Children held hostage in Spanish school

HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT, Spain A teenager with a knife took his sister and 19 other children hostage at his former school and held them for hours yesterday until a plainclothes officer overpowered him while delivering a pizza, officials said.

None of the students was hurt in the 3½-hour ordeal at the Casal de l'Angel school in this gritty, industrial town just south of Barcelona. All the hostages were 11 or 12 years old.

Terror threat shutters international schools

JAKARTA, Indonesia Major international schools remained closed in the Indonesian capital yesterday amid reports they are being targeted by al Qaeda operatives behind last month's bombings in Bali.

The U.S. and Australian embassies said Friday they had received "credible information" that schools attended by foreign students were at risk of terrorist attack.

The New York Times reported yesterday that al Qaeda members responsible for the Oct. 12 bombings on Bali that killed nearly 200 people were behind the school threats.

Venezuelan TV station attacked with bomb

CARACAS, Venezuela A bomb exploded at a Venezuelan television station critical of President Hugo Chavez's government, destroying three vehicles but causing no injuries, authorities said yesterday.

The attack on Globovision late Sunday raised fears of increasing lawlessness in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, after the president ordered an army takeover of the city police force.

Turkey forms new government

ANKARA, Turkey Abdullah Gul, Turkey's new pro-Western prime minister, announced the makeup of the new government yesterday as his Islamic-rooted party formally took power in this predominantly Muslim but secular country.

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer approved the new Cabinet list that, Mr. Gul said, was formed entirely of members of the Justice and Development Party, which swept elections earlier this month. It is Turkey's first non-coalition government in 15 years.

Mr. Gul's party sought to distance itself from its Islamic roots, campaigning on secular issues such as economic recovery, social welfare and the drive to win membership in the European Union.

London terrorists held without bail

LONDON Three terrorism suspects whose arrest sparked fears of a gas attack on the London subway were ordered held without bail yesterday.

The three men were arrested Nov. 9 and charged under the Terrorism Act with possessing materials for the "preparation, instigation or commission" of terrorism. Media reports said they also had false identification papers.

American soldier put on trial in Korea

DONGDUCHEON, South Korea The court-martial of a U.S. soldier accused of negligent homicide in the road deaths of two South Korean girls opened yesterday at a U.S. military base.

Outside, about 100 protesters burned an American flag and hurled eggs over the fence.

Sgt. Fernando Nino faces up to six years in a U.S. prison if convicted in a case that triggered an outcry in South Korea, which host 37,000 American soldiers.

Smugglers nabbed with caviar in coffin

MOSCOW A coffin that gave off a suspicious whiff as it arrived by air in Russia's southern Krasnodar region contained 660 pounds of contraband caviar, Russia's interior ministry told Interfax news agency yesterday.

The coffin, which arrived on a flight from the Siberian city of Khabarovsk, was accompanied by a death certificate for the person it supposedly contained but instead disgorged a stash of red salmon caviar.

The salmon's eggs are highly prized by Russian palates and are more affordable than the black caviar of the sturgeon.

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