- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003

COLOMBIA
FARC ambush kills 6 policemen, 1 civilian
BOGOTA Marxist rebels ambushed a police car yesterday along a mountain pass, hurling grenades and firing machine guns at a roadblock to kill six officers and a civilian, police said.
Police Col. Jesus Antonio Gomez said guerrillas with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) lured police to the highway 375 miles north of Bogota by forcing motorists to block the road with their vehicles.
The arriving police patrol car turned into a slow-moving target for waiting rebels, who pumped it full of bullets and hit it with grenades before fleeing into the mountains. A trapped civilian motorist was also fatally shot.

CANADA
Chretien threatens dissident liberals
OTTAWA Prime Minister Jean Chretien says he is ready to call a snap election if disgruntled members of his Liberal Party defeat legislation he puts forward in his last 13 months in office.
Mr. Chretien, resisting pressure to leave ahead of his planned 2004 retirement date, told the Ottawa Citizen newspaper in an interview published yesterday that the specter of an early election was not a threat. "It's a reality," he said.

ARGENTINA
Iran and Hezbollah blamed for '94 bombing
BUENOS AIRES Argentina's intelligence service will report to authorities in a matter of days that Iran and the Lebanese militant Shi'ite group Hezbollah masterminded the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities federation headquarters that killed 85 persons, newspapers said Sunday.
"The government of Iran and armed units of the pro-Iranian armed group Hezbollah were behind the horror of July 18, 1994, that killed 85 people in Once, in downtown Buenos Aires" and injured 200, the report leaked to the dailies Clarin and Pagina/12 charges.

Weekly notes
Sixty U.S. Special Forces troops have arrived to train Colombian soldiers to protect a pipeline from rebels, a Colombian military source said over the weekend. U.S. Ambassador to Bogota Anne Patterson visited the troops in the eastern province of Arauca, near Venezuela, on Friday. Amnesty International has condemned plans by Jamaica's government to resume hangings. It urged Prime Minister P.J. Patterson on Sunday to resist mounting pressure to resume executions as a way of tackling crime on the Caribbean island, where more than a thousand people were slain last year. Mr. Patterson announced last month that he would seek a constitutional amendment to resume executions.


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