- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2003

BRITAINBlair delays Ulster vote againLONDON — British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday postponed a key election in Northern Ireland for a second time, blaming the Irish Republican Army guerrilla group for failing to make a clear commitment to peace.Mr. Blair said the group’s refusal to expressly rule out all paramilitary activities forced him to delay the vote until the fall — a huge blow for the province’s peace process.The scheduled May 29 election to the assembly, through which power is shared by Protestants and Catholics, had already been delayed from the original date, May 1.SAUDI ARABIAGunman wounds U.S. defense workerRIYADH — A gunman dressed in a Saudi naval uniform wounded a U.S. civilian working at a naval base yesterday, a U.S. diplomat said.The Saudi Press Agency quoted an official from the kingdom’s Defense Ministry as saying that security forces were looking for the gunman, who fled after the attack at the King Abdul-Aziz naval base near the Gulf port of Jubail in eastern Saudi Arabia.Sources in Jubail told Reuters news agency the gunman had entered the home of the American in a housing compound inside the base and shot him before escaping in a car.On Tuesday, the United States said it was removing virtually all its military forces from Saudi Arabia. VENEZUELAOne fatally shot at demonstrationCARACAS — One man was fatally shot yesterday when a gunman fired on opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed Caracas streets in rival Labor Day marches about his populist rule, officials said.In confused running skirmishes, police fired tear gas after the shooting to disperse rival bands of demonstrators who clashed in the center of the capital with volleys of rocks, bottles and fireworks.Officials said the gunman shot at an opposition labor leader and then fled to a nearby building, where state security police fought back angry demonstrators clamoring for justice.JORDANGrenade explodes in airport, kills officerAMMAN — A grenade, carried from Iraq as a war souvenir by a Japanese journalist, exploded at Amman’s airport yesterday, killing a security officer and injuring several others.The journalist, who was traveling through Amman en route to Tokyo via Cairo, was slightly hurt in the blast.Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Adwan said the journalist, who was being questioned, had brought back the grenade as well as other artifacts from Baghdad, but was not aware it was an explosive. INDIATroops said to have foiled suicide raid in KashmirSRINAGAR — Indian troops foiled an attempt by separatist militants to carry out a suicide raid on a security camp in Kashmir yesterday and killed one of the attackers, Indian border guards said.Three militants tried to storm a border security force camp at the town of Tral, south of Srinagar, the state summer capital, and the troops killed one of them, a force spokesman said.SOUTH AFRICADozens killed in bus crashBETHLEHEM — At least 51 persons were killed when a bus carrying trade union members to a South African May Day rally crashed into a reservoir yesterday, and officials feared dozens more may have died.It was one of the country’s worst road crashes. Rescuers dragged the damaged bus from the water while divers searched for more bodies.

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