- The Washington Times - Monday, September 29, 2003

EGYPT

U.S. waging crusade, bin Laden aide says

CAIRO — An audiotape attributed to al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri and broadcast on Al Jazeera television yesterday accused the United States of trying to abolish Islam.

The tape appeared recent, as the speaker referred to a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to India earlier this month and the Sept. 6 resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.



“The crusade camp that is led by America … is targeting Islam and Muslims, even if it claims that it is fighting terrorism,” the speaker said.

COLOMBIA

Bomb attack kills 11 on market street

BOGOTA — A remote-controlled bomb attached to a motorcycle ripped through a crowded street in southern Colombia lined with restaurants and discos, killing 11 persons and wounding at least 40, authorities said.

The attack by leftist rebels yesterday was the latest blow to President Alvaro Uribe’s efforts to end a 4-decade-old war.

RUSSIA

Popov hospitalized in apparent poisoning

MOSCOW — The acting president of Chechnya was seriously ill in a Moscow hospital yesterday, officials said, the victim of an apparent poisoning a week before an election critical to Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin’s peace plan for the region.

Anatoly Popov, who was appointed prime minister of Chechnya by the Kremlin earlier this year, was hospitalized Saturday evening. Officials said his life was not in danger, although doctors evacuated him to Moscow.

GUINEA-BISSAU

New leaders sworn in after bloodless coup

BISSAU — Guinea-Bissau’s new president was formally sworn in yesterday to begin the delicate task of overseeing a transitional government set up to steer the country away from its political and economic woes.

Henrique Rosa, appointed by military officers who had grabbed power in a bloodless coup in the west African country Sept. 14, was sworn in during a ceremony in a hotel here.

Artur Sanha, head of the former ruling Party of Renewal and an critic of ousted President Kumba Yala, was sworn in as prime minister.

AUSTRIA

Rightist leader’s party loses in regional vote

VIENNA — Austrian firebrand Joerg Haider’s far-right party yesterday suffered another election setback, losing more than half its support in provincial polls that boosted Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel’s conservatives.

The elections in Upper Austria and Tyrol provinces were the first test since national polls in November in which support plunged for Mr. Haider’s anti-immigration, anti-European Union party.

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban attack kills group of bodyguards

KABUL — Taliban guerrillas killed seven bodyguards of the governor of the volatile southern province of Helmand during the weekend in the latest in a series of violent strikes by the resurgent movement, officials said.

Haji Mohammed Ayoub, deputy chief of police in Helmand, said the Islamist fighters attacked a military vehicle carrying the soldiers at Sangin district, northeast of Helmand’s capital, Lashkargah, Saturday night.

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