- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2003

Plane repair delays Rumsfeld's Gulf trip
SHANNON Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was flying east today for a weeklong trip to the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan after his plane was held up in Ireland by a mechanical problem.
Mr. Rumsfeld's Air Force jet landed at Shannon airport from Washington on a refueling stop last night, but brake failure kept the C-32, the military version of the Boeing 757, on the ground longer than planned.
After emergency repairs during a stop of around six hours, the aircraft took off again early today.

Explosion injures 11 at Jakarta airport
JAKARTA An explosion rocked Jakarta's international airport early today. Eleven persons were reported injured, one seriously.
The blast occurred at a KFC restaurant in the domestic terminal at the capital's Sukarno Hatta International Airport.
The blast happened a day after U.S. Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce announced Washington's decision to allow families of embassy staff to return to Indonesia, saying security has improved in the six months since the Bali nightclub bombing.

Rebels kill teacher as father refuses murder
BOGOTA Suspected Marxist Colombian rebels have killed a 31-year-old schoolteacher they kidnapped to force her father to assassinate a far-right warlord, the police said yesterday.
The body of Ana Cecilia Duque was found dumped by a dirt road near the town of Cocorna, 90 miles north of Bogota, with a bullet wound in the back of her head.
Mrs. Duque's father, Gabriel Villages, told police she was taken by rebels Monday morning on her way to work at a rural school. He received a note from National Liberation Army rebels giving him two days to kill or capture a local far-right paramilitary outlaw, known as "Matute."

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Pope asks Castro to show clemency
VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II asked Cuban leader Fidel Castro to show clemency toward dissidents sentenced to long prison terms during a recent crackdown, the Vatican said yesterday.
The pope appealed to Mr. Castro "as soon as he heard about the news of the heavy sentences inflicted on a significant group of Cuban dissidents, three of whom were sentenced to death," a Vatican statement said.
Seventy-five dissidents were sentenced after quick trials to prison terms ranging from six to 28 years on charges of collaborating with U.S. diplomats to subvert Cuba's socialist system. Three others were executed for attempting to hijack a ferry to go to the United States.

Second American dies after firefight
BAGRAM A second U.S. soldier died yesterday from wounds sustained the day before in a battle with rebel fighters in eastern Afghanistan, a military spokesman said.
The soldier died hours after Friday's battle, Col. Roger King said from Bagram air base, the headquarters of U.S. operations in Afghanistan. Another U.S. soldier died Friday.

Car bomb kills five at Kashmir radio station
SRINAGAR A car bombing and ensuing gunbattle yesterday at the offices of state-run radio and television in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed three suspected of being Islamic militants and two soldiers, police said.
Hours later at least 10 were injured in two separate attacks in Kashmir, including an apparent attempt to assassinate the state's finance minister.

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