- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2003

GERMANY
U.S. woman, fiance charged in bomb plot
BERLIN Prosecutors yesterday charged an American woman and her Turkish fiance with conspiring to carry out a bomb attack on a U.S. military base in western Germany, where the woman worked.
Astrid Eyzaguirre, 23, and Osman Petmezci, 25, her fiance, who were arrested Sept. 9, were charged with plotting to attack the U.S. base in Heidelberg. Investigators found 13 ounces of gunpowder and six pipes at the couple's apartment in Walldorf, south of Heidelberg.
Miss Eyzaguirre, who also holds German citizenship, worked at an on-post military store in Heidelberg.

GERMANY
Islamist group banned for anti-Israel campaign
BERLIN Germany yesterday outlawed an Islamic organization, citing the spread of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda.
German authorities say Hizb ut-Tahrir whose name means Liberation Party advocates the destruction of Israel and has called for the killing of Jews. Police raided 30 properties in five of Germany's 16 states, seizing propaganda but making no arrests.
Interior Minister Otto Schily expressed particular concern about the spread of propaganda at universities, noting that several of the September 11 plotters studied in Germany.

PAKISTAN
Key suspect held in killing of Frenchmen
KARACHI Pakistani police said yesterday they had arrested an Islamic militant on suspicion of involvement in a suicide car bombing that killed 11 French technicians and three Pakistanis last year.
Rizwan Basheer, a member of the shadowy Harkat-ul Mujahideen Al-Alami (World Movement of Holy Warriors), was arrested overnight in central Karachi, an anti-terrorism police official said.
Police say a suicide bomber belonging to the group blew up a car packed with explosives outside Karachi's Sheraton Hotel in May, killing the French technicians, who were helping the Pakistani navy build submarines.

CYPRUS
Rival leaders discuss U.N. plan
NICOSIA Rival Cypriot leaders yesterday discussed for the first time a United Nations plan to heal division on the Mediterranean island with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash insisting that the plan has little support among his people. The talks between Mr. Denktash and Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides in U.N.-controlled no man's land in Nicosia followed a huge peace rally yesterday by as many as 70,000 Turkish Cypriots demanding that Mr. Denktash negotiate the U.N. plan or quit.

BRITAIN
Fifth Harry Potter book will be out in June
LONDON After months of anticipation, J.K. Rowling has completed her fifth book about young wizard Harry Potter, and it will be published in Britain and the United States on June 21, her publishers said yesterday.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is 768 pages long and, by word count, more than one-third longer than its predecessor, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Britain's Bloomsbury Publishers said.

BRITAIN
Clinton leads poll on Oxford leadership
LONDON Former President Bill Clinton has emerged as the overwhelming favorite among Oxford undergraduates to succeed the late Roy Jenkins as chancellor of the university.
He attracted 48 percent of the votes in a poll being published in Cherwell, the university's undergraduate newspaper.
However, the survey is not quite the green light for a Clinton candidacy because undergraduates are not eligible to vote for chancellor.


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