- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003

EGYPT
43 Islamic militants reported arrested
CAIRO Egyptian security forces have arrested 43 suspected members of the Islamic Jihad group planning attacks against foreign and other targets in Egypt, a newspaper reported today.
The semiofficial Al Ahram newspaper did not say when the arrests were made, but said they had taken place in several parts of the country.
The report named the suspected ringleader as Ehab Ismail, saying he had formed three cells. It said that the suspects used the Internet to contact Jihad members abroad, and that investigations had shown no direct link between the suspects and the al Qaeda network.

ZIMBABWE
34 held after mob attacks grain depot
HARARE Zimbabwe police arrested 34 persons after a mob tried to storm a state grain depot in the first serious violence since food shortages hit this troubled southern Africa country, a senior police officer said yesterday.
The incident, which the independent Daily News newspaper said involved some 4,000 people, occurred in the second city of Bulawayo on Friday.
Once the bread basket of southern Africa, Zimbabwe now needs food aid. Aid agencies partly blame the shortages on President Robert Mugabe's controversial seizure of land from whites to redistribute to landless blacks.

SPAIN
Train derailment kills 2, injures dozens
MADRID Two women died and 24 other persons were injured, four of them critically, when a Spanish intercity train jumped the tracks near the central town of Albacete yesterday, officials said.
The Talgo train, carrying some 220 passengers, was on its way from Madrid to Cartagena on the southeastern coast when the accident happened.
Spanish national radio quoted a passenger as saying that the engine, a freight carriage and the first passenger carriage jumped the tracks leaving them in a twisted mass of metal, while the others were safe. The engine overturned in the accident.

CYPRUS
Close aide to run against president
NICOSIA U.N. efforts to reunite Cyprus appeared to have been complicated yesterday by the surprise decision of a close aide of President Glafcos Clerides to run against him in elections just before a peace deal deadline.
The announcement by Alecos Markides, attorney general and main adviser to the president, came one day after Mr. Clerides had said he would seek re-election next month in a bid to ensure the success of the latest U.N. plan to end the island's nearly three-decade-old division.

LEBANON
Opposition TV resumes foreign broadcasts
BEIRUT A Lebanese opposition television station resumed international broadcasts yesterday, days after authorities stopped the transmissions over a planned political show on Saudi Arabia.
Lebanese authorities had cut New Television's satellite links Wednesday in the latest row between the government and opposition media, ending NTV's foreign transmission although the station remained on air in Lebanon.
Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri said NTV was allowed to resume broadcasting abroad after it agreed not to air the offending show.

CANADA
Girl, 7, fatally shoots brother, 6
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario A man was charged with criminal negligence causing death after his 7-year-old sister shot and killed their 6-year-old brother with a handgun, police said yesterday.
The two children were playing in a bedroom at their home in this suburb west of Toronto when they discovered a semiautomatic .45-caliber handgun owned by their 22-year-old brother.
Police said investigation suggested the handgun was not registered. Deaths by handguns are rare in Canada, where there are limits on firearm ownership.

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