- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Thirteen killed in Indian Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India Thirteen persons were killed yesterday in new separatist violence and in an artillery exchange between India and Pakistan across a military line that runs through the disputed Kashmir region, police said.
They said Indian troops fatally shot two Muslim rebels when they tried to storm an army camp in northern Kashmir.
No group has taken responsibility for the attack, which followed a Sunday-evening shootout in New Delhi in which two suspected Islamic militants were fatally shot on the eve of Diwali, a Hindu festival.

Rights group accuses Israel of war crimes
JERUSALEM Israel committed "war crimes," including unlawful killings, in Jenin and Nablus during a broad military offensive in those West Bank cities in April, the human rights group Amnesty International said yesterday.
The Israeli military defended the incursion, saying it was carried out against Palestinian militants in response to suicide bombings of Israeli civilians.
Amnesty International also said that Shaul Mofaz, a former army chief of staff who was to become defense minister yesterday, could be charged with war crimes for overseeing the military actions in Jenin and Nablus.

Queen defended in butler case
LONDON Prime Minister Tony Blair came to the defense of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, saying she had acted properly when she intervened in the trial of a butler charged with stealing from Princess Diana.
Critics have asked why it took the queen so long to recall the conversation that cleared Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, last week and caused the case against him to collapse.
Buckingham Palace said the queen only recently remembered that Mr. Burrell told her shortly after Diana's 1997 death that he had taken some of the princess' belongings for safekeeping.

Lonnie Donegan, 'skiffle' king, dies
LONDON Lonnie Donegan, a musician whose "skiffle" sound inspired John Lennon and Pete Townshend to learn to play guitar, has died, his publicist said.
Mr. Donegan died Sunday in Peterborough, central England, while on a tour of Britain, publicist Judy Totton said. He was 71 and had suffered several heart attacks.
Mr. Donegan's hits included "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (on the Bedpost Overnight)," "My Old Man's A Dustman" and "Rock Island Line," but he may have been more important to British music for inspiring young talents to imitate and then eclipse his success.

Foes of Chavez urge vote
CARACAS, Venezuela At least nine persons were wounded yesterday, some by gunfire, as Venezuelan police fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to repel hard-line supporters of President Hugo Chavez.
They had attacked opposition demonstrators demanding an referendum on his leftist rule.
The conflicting casualty reports emerged after police clashed with Mr. Chavez's followers, who threw rocks and bottles at opposition demonstrators as they marched to the National Electoral Council to hand in 2 million signatures demanding a referendum.

Serial-killer case begins near Vancouver
PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia A pretrial hearing for serial-killer suspect Robert Pickton, accused in the disappearance of more than 60 Vancouver women, began yesterday, but questions about money are eclipsing the gruesome evidence.
Mr. Pickton, a pig farmer from Port Coquitlam, in Vancouver, has been charged with killing 15 female drug addicts and sex-trade workers.
More charges are expected to be filed as laboratories test DNA from teeth, bone fragments and other human remains found at the ramshackle farm where he lived. If he is found guilty on existing and additional charges, Mr. Pickton could rank as one of the world's most prolific serial killers.

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