- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Pakistan arrests survivor in attack on Christians
KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistani police said yesterday they arrested one of the survivors of last month's attack on Christian charity workers in the port city of Karachi.
Junior office worker Robin Piranditta escaped with a beating when gunmen burst into the office of Christian charity Idare-e Amn-O-Insaf on Sept. 25, tied up and gagged the employees before shooting them in the head. Seven of the charity workers died, while an eighth man is still in a coma.
Mr. Piranditta was detained for questioning after the attack, but had to be placed under arrest when a court ruled his detention was illegal and ordered his release.

Ferry with 51 aboard sinks in Caspian Sea
BAKU, Azerbaijan A ferry carrying 51 persons and a shipment of oil sank in rough weather in the Caspian Sea yesterday, killing at least one person, officials said. Nine persons were rescued, and the others were listed as missing.
The Mercury II freight and passenger ferry was making its way from the port of Aktau, Kazakh-stan, heading southwest to the Azeri capital, Baku, when it sank, said a spokesman for CASPAR, the shipping company that owns the ferry.
There were eight passengers aboard, along with 43 crew, and 16 tanks of oil in the cargo hold.

Car-bomb blast kills 2 in Colombian capital
BOGOTA, Colombia A car bomb exploded outside Bogota's police headquarters yesterday, killing two persons and injuring 36 others, in the first attack on the nation's capital in months. Leftist Colombian rebels were believed to be behind the blast.
The 110-pound bomb was packed into the trunk of a taxi and driven into a parking lot adjoining the police headquarters. The bomb had two activation devices, a timing mechanism and as a backup a cell phone that, upon ringing, would trigger the explosion, police said.
The blast killed an 18-year-old police officer and a parking lot attendant who was washing the taxi at the time of the explosion.

Canadian official resigns amid ethics scandal
OTTAWA A senior Cabinet minister in the government of Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien resigned yesterday amid accusations of conflict of interest.
Mr. Chretien told the House of Commons that while Solicitor-General Lawrence MacAulay said he had done nothing wrong, the minister wanted to concentrate on fighting his accusers.
Mr. MacAulay's department had awarded a contract for political advice to an accounting firm, signing the deal with a partner who was Mr. MacAulay's election agent in the past two federal election campaigns.
Mr. MacAulay, responsible for law enforcement, was replaced by Wayne Easter, who, like the former minister, comes from the Atlantic province of Prince Edward Island.

U.N. discounts charges of refugee abuse
NEW YORK U.N. investigators said yesterday they had been unable to substantiate a private relief group's charges of widespread sex abuse of children by aid workers and peacekeepers in West Africa.
A study by Britain's Save the Children, conducted for the U.N. refugee agency and made public in February, had looked at refugees in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It reported that almost 70 aid workers from 40 agencies had been pushing refugee children into sex in exchange for food, medicine and other supplies sent to save their lives.
Dileep Nair, U.N. undersecretary-general for internal oversight services, said a six-month probe had been unable to confirm any of the abuse charges.

Schroeder sworn in as German chancellor
BERLIN Germany's parliament confirmed Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for a second four-year term yesterday, formally approving his center-left coalition's election victory last month.
Mr. Schroeder won 305 votes in the 603-seat lower house, three more than required.
Mr. Schroeder and his Cabinet took the oath of office in the stately Reichstag parliament building. It was the first administration to start out in Berlin since the government moved its seat back to the revived German capital.

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