- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 31, 2002

Bomb blasts rattle South African township
SOWETO, South Africa Ten bomb blasts rocked South Africa yesterday, killing a woman and injuring two others, in attacks President Thabo Mbeki blamed on white extremists plotting to overthrow his government.
Nine devices exploded in Soweto, South Africa's biggest black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, and a 10th went off at a Buddhist temple near the capital, Pretoria. A mosque, railway lines and stations were damaged, but the scale suggested the devices were small.
Earlier this year, police said they uncovered a plot by right-wing whites to topple the government and charged 15 white men.

IRA shuts down talks with disarmament panel
DUBLIN The Irish Republican Army announced yesterday it has broken off negotiations with an independent disarmament commission in another backward step for Northern Ireland peacemaking.
The IRA's decision to stop its slow-moving talks on scrapping weapons a key goal of Northern Ireland's 4-year-old peace accord followed widespread calls for the outlawed group to disband.
In a statement to the weekly Sinn Fein-IRA newspaper Republican News, IRA commanders said they were suspending negotiations because of what they called "an effort to impose unacceptable and untenable ultimatums on the IRA."

U.S.: Serbs helped Libya make cruise missiles
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia A network of Yugoslav firms has been helping Libya develop long-range cruise missiles capable of reaching targets in Israel, according to a confidential U.S. complaint to Belgrade.
The three-page document, published yesterday by the Yugoslav weekly Nedeljni Telegraf, says the firms may also have helped Iraq develop its missiles offering a new twist in a week-old scandal over sanctions-busting military aviation exports to Iraq.

Defying doctors, Thatcher speaks
CAMBRIDGE, England Britons heard a voice from the past yesterday as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher defied the advice of doctors and spoke at the dedication ceremony for a foundation that will house her political papers.
In her five-minute speech at the opening of the $3 million Churchill Archive Center at Cambridge University, Mrs. Thatcher said her papers can offer unique insights to future historians.
Mrs. Thatcher, who was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, announced in March that, on the advice of doctors, she had to give up public speaking after suffering a series of minor strokes.

Jemaah Islamiah added to EU terror list
BRUSSELS The European Union updated its blacklist of terrorist organizations yesterday to add the Asian Islamist group Jemaah Islamiah.
Indonesian police say a bombing in Bali bore the hallmarks of the militant group, which the United States believes operates in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and possibly the Philippines.
The United Nations added Jemaah Islamiah to its list of groups and people whose assets should be frozen due to suspected ties to Osama bin Laden.

Huge explosion rocks Afghanistan is capital
KABUL, Afghanistan An explosion rattled northern Kabul late yesterday, and Italian peacekeepers were sent to investigate.
A spokesman for the international peacekeeping force said it was not clear what caused the explosion or how large it was, but it could be heard throughout the Afghan capital.
Kabul has been on edge since a Sept. 5 car bombing killed 30 and injured over 150 on a crowded street in the capital, which is patrolled by the 4,800-strong international peacekeeping force. A half-dozen small bombs have been set off in the city since August, but few have caused serious damage.

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