- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 23, 2003

TURKEY

Coal mine explosion kills three miners

ISTANBUL — A methane explosion in a Turkish coal mine yesterday killed at least three miners and trapped another seven, an official said.

Gov. Ismet Metin told the Anatolia news agency that rescuers were still trying to reach the miners some 1,000 feet underground in the southern province of Karaman. Anatolia said one miner was rescued.

Accidents often occur in Turkish mines because of safety violations, outdated equipment and high concentrations of methane gas. In 1992, during Turkey’s worst mining disaster, a gas explosion killed 270 workers near the Black Sea port city of Zonguldak.

AFGHANISTAN

Rocket explodes near luxury hotel

KABUL — A powerful rocket exploded near one of Kabul’s few upscale hotels last night, knocking some guests from their restaurant chairs and shattering windows across the lobby and in many bedrooms. No injuries were reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack has raised concerns about security in Kabul where rocket and mortar attacks have been fairly rare since the fall of the Taliban regime two years ago.

Security is of concern in the closing days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends later this week.

The explosion sent glass raining into the lobby of the International Hotel, which is often used by foreign businessmen and journalists.

JAPAN

Tariffs threatened on American steel

TOKYO — Japan will slap a 30 percent tariff on U.S. steel products if Washington does not remove its steel import safeguards by the end of the month, a report said yesterday.

The government will formally announce the planned penalties this week, Kyodo News reported. They also include a 5 percent special tax on U.S. leather goods and clothes, the agency said.

The steps would be in retaliation for tariffs the United States imposed on certain kinds of imported steel through March 2005.

INDIA

Separatist rebels attack from bicycles

NEW DELHI — Suspected separatist rebels on bicycles shot and killed 11 workers in a northeastern Indian state torn by ethnic violence, the police chief said yesterday.

Two others were wounded by suspected members of the United Liberation Front of Asom in the attacks in two villages in Assam, state police chief Khagen Sharma said.

BOLIVIA

Carjackers murder U.S. diplomat’s child

LA PAZ — Assailants shot and killed the daughter of an American consular official in Bolivia during a carjacking attempt in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, officials said.

Jessica Nicole Borda, 22, was shot to death as she was driving home with two friends early Friday after three men surrounded her car and ordered the women to get out.

Police said Miss Borda, an American, was the daughter of Rhea Borda, a U.S. consular official.


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