- The Washington Times - Friday, November 29, 2002


Special-forces convoy ambushed; one hurt

BAGRAM Gunmen ambushed a U.S. Special-Forces convoy in eastern Afghanistan and wounded one soldier in the leg, a U.S. Army spokesman said.

The soldier was riding in a convoy of four pickup trucks near the town of Gardez on Wednesday afternoon when as many as six gunmen in civilian clothes shot at them with Kalashnikov rifles, spokesman Col. Roger King said.


Islamic council rejects journalist's death fatwa

KADUNA Nigeria's supreme Islamic body said yesterday Muslims should ignore a fatwa issued by a northern state calling for the death of a journalist whose article on the Miss World pageant sparked bloody riots.

The statement by the Jama'atu Nasril Islam was circulated as Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo faced angry church leaders in the riot-torn city of Kaduna who said most of the more than 200 dead in the unrest were Christians.


Ministry orders smallpox vaccine

TORONTO Canada, responding to an al Qaeda tape that names it as a possible target for attack, is to buy enough smallpox vaccine to inoculate all residents against the deadly disease, but it could take about 10 months to get the supply, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

A Health Canada spokeswoman said that if there were a biological attack before that time, Canada has enough supply to inoculate up to 1.5 million people.


Republics agree on new union formula

BELGRADE Serbian and Montenegrin leaders finally agreed yesterday on how to reshape their Yugoslav federation into a loose union, European Union foreign-policy chief Javier Solana announced.

"I can tell you that we have agreed today, a total consensus and a total agreement," Mr. Solana said after talks with Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, Montenegrin leader Milo Djukanovic and others.


Former prime minister rejects Mafia charges

PALERMO, Sicily Former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti rejected charges of Mafia membership at a court hearing yesterday, 11 days after he was sentenced to 24 years in jail for ordering a mob murder.

Andreotti was acquitted in 1999 of being the Mafia's main backer in the corridors of power during his long political career, but was forced back on the defensive after the prosecution appealed the original ruling.

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