- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2003


FBI chief arrives for investigation

RIYADH — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III went to Saudi Arabia yesterday, after the United States praised the kingdom for its help investigating May 12 suicide bombings in Riyadh that killed 26 persons, including nine Americans, plus the nine bombers.

The State Department announced yesterday that a ninth American had died from injuries received in the attacks.


Saddam’s daughters seek asylum in Britain

LONDON — Saddam Hussein’s daughters are planning to seek asylum in Britain, a cousin of the deposed Iraqi president told the London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat yesterday.

Izzi-Din Mohammed Hassan al-Majid, who lives in London, said he is arranging an asylum application for Raghad, 35, and Rana, 33, who are living in Baghdad.

Britain is top of the sisters’ list for asylum destinations, he said, but if they are refused access, they will try to start new lives in Egypt, Qatar or the United Arab Emirates.

The women’s husbands were assassinated by Saddam in 1996.


McCartney ends tour in Beatles hometown

LIVERPOOL — Paul McCartney got back to where he once belonged yesterday, wrapping up his world tour with an emotion-charged concert in the birthplace of the Beatles.

“It’s great to be home,” he said, playing “All My Loving,” which was played out against a nostalgic video backdrop of newsreel footage of ‘60s Beatlemania as 35,000 people leapt to their feet and clapped in unison.

Since starting his tour in April 2002, the indefatigable Mr. McCartney has played to 2 million people around the globe.


Japanese journalist jailed over bomb souvenir

AMMAN — A Japanese journalist was jailed yesterday for 18 months for blowing up a Jordanian airport security guard as he tried to show that a souvenir cluster bomblet from the Iraq war was harmless.

The state security court sentenced Hiroke Gomi, 36, a photographer for Japan’s Mainichi daily, to a reduced 18 months, sentence after dropping charges of possession of explosives, an offense punishable by 15 years.

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