- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 10, 2003


Security agent killed defusing bomb

MOSCOW — A Russian security agent was killed early yesterday while trying to defuse a bomb that a woman had tried to carry into a cafe on central Moscow’s main street, police said.

The bombing attempt occurred five days after a double suicide attack at a rock concert in Moscow in which 16 persons, including the two bombers, were killed, and appeared to be another attempt by Chechen rebels to bring their war against Russia to the nation’s capital.

A Chechen woman was detained after her behavior drew the attention of security guards, officials said. Her bag, which contained the bomb, was left on the street.

When a Federal Security Service agent approached the bag and tried to defuse the explosive, it went off, killing him, the Moscow police press service said.


Granada gets new mosque

MADRID — The first mosque built in Granada since Arabs were expelled six centuries ago from the capital of the former royal Muslim dynasty in Spain was opened yesterday with an appeal for coexistence in this age of confrontation.

Built on the Albaicin hill facing the Moorish Alhambra palace, the mosque is the result of a 20-year effort by the southern Spanish city’s Muslim community, which acquired the site with a donation from Libya.


Clinton buys golf hideaway

DUBLIN — Former President Bill Clinton has bought a holiday home at an exclusive golfing complex close to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, the Irish Independent daily reported yesterday.

His new hideaway is part of a village complex of two- and three-bedroom apartments within the luxury K Club in County Kildare, 15 miles west of Dublin.

With a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer, the club is to host the Ryder Cup in 2006. Lodgings at the K Club, built in seven styles in 17th-century walled gardens, typically cost $1.5 million. Buyers also get two full golf memberships.


Journal criticizes Bush pick for AIDS czar

PARIS — A leading medical journal has challenged President Bush for naming Randall Tobias as the man to lead the U.S. fight against AIDS, saying he may be tainted by close links to the pharmaceutical industry.

Before heading on a whirlwind tour of Africa, where Mr. Bush is showcasing the $15 billion anti-AIDS campaign, the president named Mr. Tobias, a retired chairman and chief executive officer of the drug company Eli Lilly and Co., as the global AIDS coordinator for the United States.

If his nomination is confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Tobias will lead an AIDS bureau in the State Department, where he will coordinate all the HIV/AIDS activities of U.S. government departments and agencies.


Quakes cause deaths in south

TEHRAN — Two earthquakes of magnitudes 5.6 and 5.8 shook a desert area in southern Iran yesterday, causing some fatalities, a government official said.

He said the quakes struck the Zarrin Dasht area in the southern Fars province south of the city of Shiraz. The first quake struck at 9:36 p.m., and the second hit at 10:12 p.m.

Some villages were damaged, the official said, adding that the area was not heavily populated.


Bus crash kills 21

A double-decker bus collided with a truck and plunged off a bridge early yesterday, killing 21 persons and injuring 20, according to broadcast reports and the government.

Some were thrown out of the bus and others were trapped inside as it fell more than 50 feet, fire commander Wong Sai-chuen told reporters.

Among those injured was a 9-year-old girl, government spokeswoman Josephine Yu said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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