- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2003


Court approves militant’s extradition

FRANKFURT — A German court yesterday approved the extradition of a Yemeni cleric to face charges in the United States of supplying weapons, militants and millions of dollars in funding to terror network al Qaeda.

The court approved the extradition of Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad and another Yemeni believed to be his assistant on the condition that the men not face the death penalty, Frankfurt state court spokesman Wolfgang Frank said.


Blasts kill 7 pilgrims in Kashmir state

JAMMU — Two grenade blasts by Islamic guerrilla suspects killed seven pilgrims and wounded 25 on their way to one of the most revered Hindu shrines in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The explosions occurred at a community kitchen as thousands of people were making the steep climb to the mountaintop shrine of Vaishno Devi.

Security has been tightened in the area recently after police said there were intelligence reports that Islamic militants could target the shrine, 37 miles northeast of Jammu.


Government firms to shun U.S. dollars

HAVANA — The Central Bank of Cuba has ordered state firms not to use the U.S. dollar in their transactions, but the move does not affect the free circulation of the greenback.

“This decision does not affect the population, as it only covers the business sector,” the bank said in a note published in Granma, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba. It said the measure would “considerably increase fiscal discipline.”


Bomb defused in shopping street

KABUL — Afghan security forces defused a large bomb that was found yesterday in a Kabul shopping street that is frequented by foreigners, police said.

Police said the 6 1/2 pound device was found in a shoebox. Chicken Street is frequented by foreigners, including troops from a U.S.-led coalition battling remnants of the former Taliban regime and terror network al Qaeda.

Earlier, the U.S. military said Taliban guerrillas had stepped up attacks in southern provinces, with nine coalition soldiers wounded and up to 24 Taliban killed in the past four days.


Rhino, washed out by floods, kills villager

GAUHATI — Fierce flood waters washed a rhinoceros out of a national park into a nearby village, where the disoriented beast attacked and killed a young man. Monsoon rains have killed more than 580 people in South Asia, police said yesterday.

More than 100 of this year’s rain-related deaths in India have been in Assam state, home to the Kaziranga National Park, the world’s only natural habitat for the rare one-horned rhino. Several animals fleeing floods in the reserve also have been killed crossing highways.

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