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Kuwait says terror cell planned more attacks
KUWAIT CITY Kuwait foiled attacks against Western targets in the oil-rich state by arresting a group of suspects who had formed a cell with indirect links to al Qaeda, the interior minister said yesterday.
Fifteen Kuwaitis in custody had confessed to a deadly attack on U.S. Marines training on a Kuwaiti island on Tuesday in which one Marine was killed, Sheik Mohammed Khaled al-Sabah said.
He said the terror group had planned five more attacks on American and foreign interests in Kuwait. He said a U.S. team, which includes an FBI representative, will review events in a joint effort that will start today.

Teenager suspected in bombing
HELSINKI Finnish police said yesterday that the main suspect in a bomb blast at a Helsinki shopping mall was a teenage student who was among the seven killed in the explosion.
Chief Inspector Tero Haapala said the suspect was Finnish and was studying at Helsinki University. There was no clear motive for the attack Friday, which injured more than 80 people, he said.
Mr. Haapala told reporters that the suspect had no criminal record, and that police were investigating whether others were also involved in the blast.
Police said the bomb, containing 4 to 6 pounds of explosives and metal shards, went off in the center of the mall near a crowd of children being entertained by a clown. One child was among the dead.
Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen said he was glad the explosion did not appear to be the work of terrorists.

Thousands demand Ukrainian's ouster
KIEV, Ukraine Tens of thousands of protesters laid out their charges against Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma at a "people's tribunal" yesterday, and opposition lawmakers said prosecutors promised to review their complaints.
Approximately 20,000 protesters stood for hours in the cold on Kiev's European Square, waving banners and chanting "Away with Kuchma." Opposition leaders later led about half the demonstrators through downtown Kiev to the Prosecutor General's Office, where they presented their demands that Mr. Kuchma be tried.
The rally was the second mass demonstration against Mr. Kuchma in a month.

11 Filipinos die in clash with rebels
MANILA Fierce clashes between Philippine marines and Abu Sayyaf rebels on the southern island of Jolo left at least 11 soldiers dead and 26 wounded, military officials said yesterday.
Government bombers and attack helicopters took turns blasting suspected positions of an Abu Sayyaf faction believed to be holding hostage four female Jehovah's Witnesses, the officials added. The women were snatched Aug. 20 while selling cosmetics in a remote village on the troubled island.

Brazil's Lula far ahead in poll for runoff
BRASILIA, Brazil Brazil's front-running presidential candidate, leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is 30 points ahead of rival Jose Serra in the presidential runoff, an opinion poll released today showed.
Mr. Lula da Silva, running on the left-wing Workers' Party ticket, had 60 percent of voters' support versus 30 percent for Mr. Serra, who is backed by the centrist ruling coalition, according to a poll by Vox Populi for Correio Braziliense newspaper ahead of the Oct. 27 second-round vote.
In the first round of Brazil's presidential election last Sunday, Mr. Lula da Silva won 46 percent of valid votes excluding blank and void ballots against 23 percent for Mr. Serra, a former health minister.

New government resigns in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali Mali's 3-month-old government resigned yesterday, President Ahmed Toumani Toure's office said.
No official reason was given for the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Mohammed Ag Hamani and his ministers, who were appointed in June, a month after Mr. Toure was elected.


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