- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Indonesia detains two in Bali bombing
JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesian authorities detained two potential suspects in the Bali bombings that killed nearly 200 people last month, the national police chief said yesterday.
One man was detained in the capital, Jakarta, Gen. Da'i Bachtiar told Indonesia's parliament. Another, identified as Zulfan, 28, was taken into custody Monday in the city of Medan on Sumatra island after using a fake identity card.
The men resemble two of three suspects depicted in composite sketches based on witness accounts after the Oct. 12 blasts, Gen. Bachtiar said.
Meanwhile, the U.N. office in downtown Jakarta was briefly evacuated after a telephoned bomb threat. No bomb was found, and workers returned after about an hour.

Group to decide on oil shipments
The U.S.-led Korean Development Energy Organization will decide next week whether to cancel U.S. shipments of heavy oil to North Korea that are being provided under a 1994 agreement intended to keep that nation from developing nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. official said yesterday night.
Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly said the decision is in the hands of the organization, comprising the United States, South Korea, Japan and the European Union.
Officials said the shipment was being loaded and was due in North Korea in the next 12 to 14 days. White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said the ship could be turned around if a decision is made to cancel it.

Iran's ayatollah pardons reformist
TEHRAN Iran's supreme leader, the cleric Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has pardoned the country's top jailed dissident, boosting the troubled reformist movement at a critical moment in its struggle with conservative rivals.
Abdollah Nouri, a former vice president and close ally of President Mohammed Khatami, is seen as a potential leader of Iran's reformists and is second only to Mr. Khatami in popularity.
Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's most powerful figure, granted the pardon late Monday in response to the sudden death of Mr. Nouri's brother, a reformist parliamentarian killed in a car crash last week, a close aide to Mr. Nouri said.
The decision released Mr. Nouri, 54, two years early from a five-year prison term for political crimes.

Bomb kills couple in Spain's Galicia
MADRID Explosives stashed in black garbage bags killed a married couple and injured two other persons in twin attacks in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia yesterday that have left police baffled, officials said.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said they were leaving their house in Redondela, near the Atlantic port of Vigo, when the blast occurred.
Armed Basque separatist group ETA, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, was thought to be responsible.

Spielberg meets Castro in eight-hour session
HAVANA American filmmaker Steven Spielberg discussed U.S.-Cuban cultural exchanges, history, politics, the environment and many other subjects during a meeting with President Fidel Castro that ended yesterday.
Members of Mr. Spielberg's delegation said he and Mr. Castro held lively discussions that began at a reception at 6:15 p.m. Monday, continued through dinner and ended about 2:30 a.m. yesterday.
Mr. Spielberg was to attend the Cuban premiere of his most recent film, "Minority Report," in Havana later in the day.

Panic grips Concorde as engine fails in flight
PARIS A mystery engine failure on a Concorde flight across the Atlantic created panic on board when the aircraft suddenly lost its supersonic speed and dropped 23,000 feet, Air France and a passenger said yesterday.
The incident happened on the airline's AF001 service from New York to Paris on Monday when one of the four engines cut out midway over the ocean, the company said.
No one was hurt, and the plane was able to continue on its three other engines to Paris, where it arrived an hour late.
The incident came nearly 2 years after the July 2000 Concorde crash in Paris.

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