- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Saudi minister refuses to help U.S. strike Iraq
TIARET, Algeria Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Faisal said yesterday his country opposed war on Iraq and would not participate in any U.S. strike against the kingdom's northern neighbor.
Wrapping up a two-day official visit to Algeria dominated by talks on a potential U.S. war against Iraq, Prince Faisal said, "We reject entering into a war against Iraq."
Last month, Prince Faisal signaled that Saudi Arabia, Washington's main Gulf Arab ally, had edged away from its declared opposition to a U.S. war on Iraq after President Bush told the United Nations he would ask the U.N. Security Council for an endorsement.

Britain takes back Northern Ireland reins
HILLSBOROUGH, Northern Ireland Britain took back the reins of government in Northern Ireland yesterday amid a crisis in the peace process provoked by a spying scandal, but vowed to try to restore home rule early next year.
After halting the province's power-sharing government with a stroke of his pen, Britain's Northern Ireland secretary, John Reid, said he regretted the return of direct rule from London and hoped it would be "a short-lived impasse."

Conservatives gain in Greek elections
ATHENS Conservatives made strong gains in local elections across Greece but fell short of the overwhelming victory they needed to force the long-governing Socialists to call early national elections, results showed yesterday.
With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, the center-right New Democracy party held huge leads in mayoral races for Athens and other cities. It also took a commanding lead in contests for regional governorships.
Most contests will be settled in runoff elections Sunday.

Diana's butler goes on trial for theft
LONDON A former butler to the late Princess Diana the man she called "my rock" pleaded not guilty yesterday to stealing hundreds of items from her and others in the royal family.
Dressed in a dark suit, Paul Burrell nodded when asked to confirm his identity and answered "not guilty" to three charges of theft.
Mr. Burrell, 44, is accused of taking more than 300 items between Jan. 1, 1997, and June 30, 1998, including letters, photos and compact discs.

Annan in China seeks end of terrorism
BEIJING U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed for international cooperation yesterday to "defeat the scourge of terrorism" and said all countries must pledge to deny extremists financing and safe haven.
During a meeting with Chinese President Jiang Zemin and in later comments to journalists, Mr. Annan denounced a bomb attack Saturday night on the Indonesian island resort of Bali that killed at least 190 persons, calling it a "brutal and inhuman act."

Chemistry student cited in Finland bombing
HELSINKI Police yesterday identified the chemistry student they suspect of carrying out Finland's deadliest bomb attack since World War II and said he used an Internet chat room that exchanged tips on homemade explosives.
They were checking chat rooms to try to find out why Petri Gerdt, a shy 19-year-old student from a middle-class Helsinki suburb, set off a bomb in a busy shopping center, killing himself and six other persons and injuring about 80.

Australian archbishop cleared of sex charges
SYDNEY, Australia Australia's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Sydney Archbishop George Pell, has been cleared of sex-abuse charges, the church said yesterday.
Archbishop Pell was accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy in 1961 at a camp on the southern Phillip Island. He steadfastly denied the accusation.
An independent inquiry by former Judge Alec Southwell dismissed the complaint by a man who said he had been sexually abused.


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