- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 29, 2003


Bomb explodes near party office

TBILISI — An explosion shattered windows yesterday at the headquarters of a party that opposes Georgia’s new leaders, officials in the former Soviet republic said.

The explosive device went off outside the offices of the Labor Party, which opposed both former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and the protest leaders who drove him from power.

The pre-dawn blast caused slight damage to the building in downtown Tbilisi, police chief David Kekua said. He added that investigators were still trying to determine the type of explosive.

Labor Party leader Shalva Natelashvili blamed the explosion on opposition leaders who came to power when Mr. Shevardnadze resigned on Nov. 23 amid a wave of protests.


Terrorism suspects questioned by police

LONDON — Police in southern England yesterday interrogated six men suspected of financing terrorism, while in London, police for a third day held a man being investigated in a possible suicide bomb plot.

The six were arrested last week in the seaside town of Eastbourne by police probing a “large-scale check and credit card fraud.”

A spokesman for Sussex police said the men — who are all in their mid-20s and of North African origin — were being held under Section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which relates to the arranging of funds or property for the purposes of terrorism.

“At this stage, there is no connection with the arrests that have been made under the Terrorism Act elsewhere in the country,” Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Yeo said.

Home Secretary David Blunkett had come earlier under pressure for linking the suspected suicide bomber to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. The man has not been charged with any offense.

Weekly notes …

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, the first man to pilot a balloon around the world nonstop, has announced plans to circle the planet in a specially built solar-powered aircraft. Mr. Piccard, who circumnavigated the earth in 1999 with Brian Jones of Britain, will lead a team of scientists and aviators in his attempt to fly around the world in a fuel-free plane — to be called Solar Impulse.

Konrad Adenauer, the chancellor who led Germany from 1949 to 1963 as it recovered from the destruction of World War II, has been named his country’s “greatest” citizen, beating out such luminaries as Johann Sebastian Bach and Albert Einstein. Placing second was Martin Luther, the theologian who sparked the Protestant Reformation, ZDF television said on Friday while announcing the results of its survey.

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