- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Argentina cites Iranians in 1994 bombing
BUENOS AIRES Argentine courts have identified former Iranian officials and Hezbollah guerrillas as the masterminds of a Jewish community center bombing in 1994 that killed 85 persons, an attorney in the case said yesterday.
A judge investigating the car bombing may issue arrest warrants in several weeks after eight years of investigations, said Marta Nercellas, attorney for the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

Turkish parliament blocks vote delay
ANKARA, Turkey Turkey's parliament crushed a bid to delay key November elections yesterday, ending months of political intrigue and uncertainty that had hit markets and worried NATO allies.
Deputies voted on their return from a summer break to send the assembly straight back into recess. The move blocked a motion to cancel the most unpredictable elections in modern Turkish history.

Indian navy planes collide; 15 killed
VASCO, India Two navy planes celebrating their squadron's safe flying record collided over a western Indian town yesterday and crashed in a ball of fire, killing all 12 crewmen and three persons on the ground. The accident was India's worst crash involving military aircraft.
The Russian-made Ilyushin transport craft were formation flying over an airfield to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the navy's premier maritime air squadron. The event was also a celebration of 30,000 hours of accident-free flying, navy officials said.

WHO denies study on natural blonds
NEW YORK In the end, it seems it was just another dumb-blonde joke. The U.N. World Health Organization insisted yesterday that despite reports by CNN, ABC News and others to the contrary, it had never conducted a study predicting the extinction of the blond hair gene by 2202.
WHO "has no knowledge of how these news reports originated but would like to stress that we have no opinion on the future existence of blonds," it said in a statement.

Mother Teresa moves closer to sainthood
VATICAN CITY The Vatican approved a miracle yesterday attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moving her one step closer to sainthood. It means Mother Teresa, a nun who died in 1997, is likely to be beatified, or declared a blessed of the church, next year.
The miracle involved a 30-year-old Indian woman suffering from a stomach tumor who was healed after praying to Mother Teresa. It was discussed at a closed-door Vatican meeting in which doctors explained it to cardinals, bishops and priests of the saint-making department.

Senegalese officials quit over ferry disaster
DAKAR, Senegal Senegal's defense and transport ministers resigned yesterday after a ferry carrying more than double the people for which it was designed capsized, killing nearly 1,000.
Rescuers recovered 64 survivors from among the 1,034 persons on board the Joola, which overturned Thursday after being caught by fierce gusts of wind and rain off the coast of Gambia in one of Africa's worst sea disasters.
Sources at President Abdoulaye Wade's office said Armed Forces Minister Youba Sambou had resigned over the sinking of the ferry, which was run by the armed forces.

Rwanda withdraws more troops from Congo
BUKAVU, Congo Rwanda began pulling out 6,000 troops from a border province yesterday, the latest stage in a withdrawal of all its forces from war-ravaged Congo that Rwanda hopes to complete by week's end, a top commander said.
U.N. military observers in white jeeps patrolled the streets of this eastern town in South Kivu province to verify the withdrawal. By Monday, 6,746 Rwandan troops had moved since the pullback began in mid-September, a Rwandan Foreign Ministry official said.

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