- The Washington Times - Friday, November 22, 2002

Quake hits Pakistan, killing at least 25

PESHAWAR, Pakistan A large earthquake rattled a remote mountainous region of northern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 25 persons, officials said.

The pre-dawn temblor hit the Gilgit region, about 240 miles north of Peshawar, said Jehangir Khan, an official with the Ministry of Kashmiri Affairs in Islamabad. Aftershocks rumbled for several hours. Pakistan's Meteorological Department said the quake's magnitude was 5.5.

Afghan rocket explodes near U.S. Embassy

KABUL, Afghanistan A rocket fired by unidentified attackers yesterday slammed into a northeastern neighborhood of Kabul about a mile from the U.S. Embassy, police and witnesses said. There were no injuries.

The rocket was fired from an area southeast of the city, district police Chief Abdul Ruof Taj said. The rocket struck the top of a rusted, iron bus stop at an intersection in the Microryan neighborhood.

Venezuelan opposition to call general strike

CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela's opposition agreed to call a general strike to force President Hugo Chavez to hold a referendum on his rule, an opposition leader said yesterday.

Leaders were expected to announce last night when the strike would begin and how long it would last, Antonio Ledezma, leader of the Brave People Alliance party, told Union Radio.

The opposition says Mr. Chavez has mismanaged the economy, amassed power and incited violence with his divisive class-warfare rhetoric.

Rich widow loses battle for estate

HONG KONG Hong Kong's richest woman lost the battle for control of her late husband's estate and the territory's largest privately owned company yesterday, a fortune estimated at $3.7 billion, following a courtroom drama that played for months and filled many pages of local newspapers.

Hong Kong radio reported that a High Court justice provided a 500-page verdict disallowing Nina Wang's claim to the estate of her husband, who disappeared in 1990. His father, 91-year-old Wang Din-shin, won the bid for his son's fortune, but it is not clear how much money will be awarded to him or whether Nina Wang will retain some of the wealth.

Japanese prince dies on squash court

TOKYO Prince Takamado, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito and seventh in line for the Chrysanthemum Throne, died after collapsing on a squash court yesterday. He was 47.

Prince Takamado no Miya slumped to his knees and fell down during a squash lesson at the Canadian Embassy. Canadian Ambassador Robert Wright was also taking the lesson.

Princess Anne guilty in bulldog attack

LONDON Princess Anne pleaded guilty yesterday to allowing her "placid, playful" English bull terrier to run loose and attack two children. She is the first member of the royal family in modern times to be convicted of a criminal offense.

Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, was fined $785 and ordered to pay $393 in compensation for violating the Dangerous Dogs Act.

But a judge spared the life of the bull terrier, Dotty, ordering her to undergo training and wear a leash in public places.

Monaco trial starts for American nurse

MONTE CARLO, Monaco American nurse Ted Maher, charged in the arson death of his billionaire employer, Edmond Safra, three years ago, went on trial yesterday in Monaco in a case that made international headlines and shook this rich, seaside principality.

Mr. Maher is accused of setting fire to Mr. Safra's luxury penthouse in a twisted attempt to make himself look like a hero and ingratiate himself with Mr. Safra, the founder and principal stock owner of the Republic National Bank of New York.

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