- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2003

NEPAL
Suspected Maoists kill police chief, two others
KATMANDU Suspected Maoist rebels gunned down the chief of Nepal's Armed Police Force and two others today, police said.
Krishna Mohan Shrestha, his wife, Nudup, and a bodyguard were killed while they were walking near their home in the suburbs of the capital Katmandu.
Police officials said the three were shot repeatedly and killed on the spot.
The rebels, who claim to be inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, began a violent campaign in 1996 to establish a socialist state in this Himalayan kingdom.
The insurgency has killed more than 7,000 people.

KUWAIT
Shots said to be fired near U.S. convoy
KUWAIT CITY Shots reportedly were fired yesterday morning near a U.S. military convoy on the outskirts of Kuwait City, but the circumstances surrounding the incident remained unclear and no injuries were reported, U.S. and Kuwaiti officials said.
The incident is the latest in a series of shootings involving U.S. soldiers and civilians in this oil-rich Gulf state.
Someone suspected of being a Muslim extremist ambushed a car carrying two men from San Diego on Tuesday, fatally shooting one and injuring the other. Michael Rene Pouliot, 46, died from his wounds, but David Caraway was recovering in a hospital.
Meanwhile, Gen. Tommy Franks, leader of the U.S. Central Command, met with Kuwaiti officials yesterday and discussed "security matters of common interest," according to a prepared statement.

SWITZERLAND
Thousands protest at economic forum
DAVOS Thousands of anti-globalization demonstrators braved a stiff security cordon yesterday to confront world leaders at a Swiss mountain resort and denounce a threatened U.S. attack on Iraq.
But hundreds more protesters were blocked at controversial police checkpoints outside Davos, the Swiss ski resort where movers and shakers from business and politics flock to the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.
Fresh violence broke out when more than 1,000 demonstrators descended on the capital, Bern, last night. Police again turned tear gas and a water cannon on protesters, many of them masked, who smashed shop windows.

BRITAIN
Underground train derails, 32 hurt
LONDON A train on London's Underground hit a tunnel wall and derailed yesterday, slightly injuring 32 people and creating a frightening scene beneath the center of the capital, police and passengers said.
Four cars on the eight-car, westbound Central Line train derailed, a transport police spokesman said. Fire trucks and ambulances filled the street near the Chancery Lane stop, in a central London neighborhood dominated by offices and typically quiet on the weekends.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but it did not appear to be suspicious, a police spokesman said. London's subway system is the world's oldest and is often criticized for poor maintenance.

BRITAIN
Prayer area searched in raid of mosque
LONDON Police searched the prayer area of a north London mosque known for radicalism during a raid linked to the recent discovery of the deadly poison ricin.
Officers raided the Finsbury Park mosque Monday and finished their search Thursday. A spokeswoman said police notified the mosque's trustees of their plans ahead of time, wore covers over their shoes as a sign of respect and completed their search quickly.
Police arrested seven men in the raid but have cleared five of ties to terrorism. The operation was linked to the discovery of the deadly poison ricin in a London apartment Jan. 5.

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