- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2002

Vacation turns tragic for American family

PARIS A family of five Americans who died in a train fire that also claimed seven other lives in eastern France had been on their way to see relatives in Germany, the U.S. Embassy here said yesterday.

Salvatore Michael Amore, 43; his mother, Susanne, 72; his wife, Jeanne, 43; their daughter, Emily, 12; and their son, Michael, 8, died of asphyxiation when smoke filled their sleeper car in the early hours of Wednesday as it was en route from Paris to Munich.

The family, from Connecticut, had gone to Paris for one day and were on their way back to Germany, where Susanne Amore was born.


Russia raises toll in hostage rescue

MOSCOW Russian prosecutors said 128 hostages, eight more than previously reported, died during last month's theater siege in Moscow by Chechen militants, Russian news agencies said yesterday. In addition, 41 attackers were killed.

The Moscow city prosecutor's office published a list containing the names of 120 Russians and eight foreigners from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Austria, the United States and the Netherlands. It said that five of the victims had died of gunshot wounds, three more than previously reported, the Interfax news agency said.


Residents of rock reluctant to share

GIBRALTAR Residents of Gibraltar voted yesterday on whether Britain should share the colony with Spain, a referendum that carries no legal weight but has considerable political punch.

There was little doubt the "no" votes would win. Hardly anyone in this British colony seems to like the idea of sharing sovereignty with Spain. The rejection vote has support from all political parties and newspapers on the promontory.

British forces captured the 1,400-foot-high rock from Spain in 1704. Spain formally ceded it nine years later but never gave up on trying to get it back.


Suspect admits role in Bali bombing

JAKARTA, Indonesia In the first major break in the inquiry into the Bali nightclub bombings, Indonesia's police chief said yesterday that a suspect in custody admitted taking part in the attack that killed nearly 200 people.

Gen. Da'i Bachtiar, the national police commander, said the suspect, an Indonesian man identified only as Amrozi, owned the L300 Mitsubishi minivan laden with at least 110 pounds of explosives that blew up outside a packed nightclub on Bali.

A spokesman for a team of international investigators said earlier that Amrozi was detained in East Java province on Tuesday and then flown to Bali.


Civil servant arrested in Ulster spying case

BELFAST Detectives investigating suspected Irish Republican Army spying yesterday arrested a British civil servant who worked in the heart of Northern Ireland's suspended Catholic-Protestant administration, police said.

The official, who wasn't identified immediately, was one of more than 300 civil servants with access to papers in the joint office of David Trimble, the administration's senior Protestant, and Mark Durkan, its top Catholic.

Britain stripped power from the coalition Oct. 14 after Protestants threatened to resign over charges of IRA spying inside the government. Four persons among them the top legislative aide of Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked party are behind bars awaiting trial on espionage-related charges.

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