- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 10, 2002

Blair fights to keep peace in N. Ireland
LONDON British Prime Minister Tony Blair embarked on an intense round of diplomacy yesterday, trying to salvage Northern Ireland's peace process as a spy scandal threatened to torpedo its power-sharing government.
Mr. Blair was holding crisis talks with key players on all sides after Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble gave him an ultimatum kick republican Sinn Fein ministers out of the Belfast government or see the whole structure collapse.

Princess Anne ordered to appear in court
LONDON Britain's Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth's only daughter, was ordered yesterday to appear in court over an attack by her dog.
The 52-year-old princess and her husband, Tim Laurence, 47, are due in the dock next month after one of their bull terriers purportedly attacked two children in April as they walked in a royal park.
If found guilty, the couple could face punishment of up to six months in prison and a $7,759 fine, but royal watchers doubt they would spend time behind bars.
The last time a senior member of Britain's royal family took part in court proceedings was 1890, when the prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, testified in the so-called "royal baccarat scandal" over gambling irregularities.

Lebanon starts pumping water sought by Israel
WAZZANI, Lebanon Lebanon pumped water yesterday from a southern river, testing for the first time a project to supply dry villages that has drawn Israeli ire and prompted U.S. mediation to avert a flare-up.
An official overseeing the project described as "very successful" a four-minute test of Lebanon's biggest project to date to pump water from the Wazzani River, which Israel and Lebanon say they need.

Al Qaeda tape regarded authentic
LONDON An audiotape of Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's fugitive second in command, appears to be genuine and to have been recorded in the past few weeks, a U.S. official said yesterday. In the tape, Zawahiri threatens attacks on the United States and its economy.

Cambodian king returns home
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Cambodia's ailing King Norodom Sihanouk returned to his homeland yesterday after more than two months of medical treatment in Beijing.
Met at the airport by his old political adversary, Prime Minister Hun Sen, and scores of government and foreign dignitaries, the 79-year-old king appeared in good health and good spirits.

Amanpour banned from reporting in Iran
TEHRAN Iran barred Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent, from entering the country with reporters accompanying British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, British diplomats said yesterday.
Iranian officials gave no reason for excluding Miss Amanpour, who is half-Iranian and half-British.


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