- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

U.S. Embassy in Yemen closed for security
SAN'A, Yemen The U.S. Embassy in Yemen was closed for security reasons yesterday and protection of the building was increased after revelations that a U.S. Hellfire missile fired from a CIA plane killed a senior member of the al Qaeda terror network.
The CIA involvement could create a backlash in a country where Islamic militants have operated freely in the past, and most oppose U.S. policies toward Iraq and what they perceive as American bias toward Israel in the conflict with the Palestinians.
On Sunday, Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi was killed, along with five other al Qaeda members in the northern province of Marib.

20 die in plane crash in Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG A twin-engine plane crashed in fog as it approached Luxembourg's airport yesterday, killing 20 persons, mostly Germans, police said.
The Luxair turboprop Fokker-50, on a flight from Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, had 19 passengers and three crew members aboard when it crashed in a farmer's field near the village of Roodt-Syr, just six miles short of Findel Airport.
The pilot and a passenger survived.

Pakistan postpones parliament opening
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan's military government postponed yesterday the opening session of the newly elected parliament, originally set for tomorrow, by a week.
The government of President Pervez Musharraf did not give a reason for the decision, but opposition leaders said it was made to give a pro-Musharraf party a better chance to form a coalition government. No party won a majority in the Oct. 10 elections, and the political groups have been jockeying for position ever since.

Bush, Blair push for Cyprus unity
NEW YORK President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have urged U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to push harder for an agreement on reuniting Cyprus, diplomatic sources said yesterday.
With Turkish elections over and the European Union about to invite Cyprus to join, the two leaders feel time is running out on a historic opportunity to resolve the dispute over Cyprus, the long-divided Mediterranean island, the sources said.
U.N. officials confirmed that the two leaders had written Mr. Annan on Cyprus but refused to release the letters.
Cyprus, with a population of about 750,000 and a land area smaller than Connecticut, has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974.

Plane spotters cleared of spy charges
KALAMATA, Greece An appeals court overturned espionage-related convictions yesterday for 12 British and two Dutch plane spotters whose case pitted military security rules against the hobby of watching aircraft.
The three-judge panel ruled unanimously to clear the group just a few days shy of the anniversary of their arrest.
The group was arrested after attending an air show near Kalamata, about 150 miles southwest of Athens.

Vatican urges Christians to remain in Holy Land
VATICAN CITY The Vatican is giving $400,000 to Roman Catholic causes in Israel and the West Bank to try to improve life for Christians there and persuade them not to flee the fighting.
Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, head of Cor Unum will visit Israel this week to deliver the money and appeal to Christians to remain in the region, the Vatican said.

Iran bans advertising for U.S. products
TEHRAN Iran has barred its press and broadcasters from running advertisements for U.S. products, state television quoted a government official as saying yesterday.
It said the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, which supervises the media, ordered them to halt the advertisements. The ban follows a similar self-imposed move by the state-owned broadcasting monopoly, controlled by staunch conservatives.
The United States, which says Iran is part of an "axis of evil" for purportedly developing weapons of mass destruction, imposes tight trade sanctions on Iran, but many U.S. products make it to Iran through third countries.

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