- The Washington Times - Friday, August 5, 2005


Cruise ships warned against docking

JERUSALEM — Israel ordered four of its cruise ships carrying thousands of tourists not to dock at the Turkish port of Alanya after receiving warnings of a possible terrorist attack, officials said yesterday.

Israeli Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit gave the order to the cruise vessels not to dock at the Turkish port. Army Radio said the ships were carrying 3,500 Israeli tourists.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev confirmed the ships were rerouted, saying, “There was a warning.”


Two U.S. soldiers drown in Humvee

KABUL — Two U.S. service members drowned after their Humvee slid into a river during an operation targeting insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, the American military said yesterday.

The deaths occurred Thursday, the same day another American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb near the Pakistan border.

Two other service members escaped from the vehicle before it fell into the Kunar River east of Jalalabad, a military statement said.


Three IRA terrorists return from Colombia

DUBLIN — Three men linked to the Irish Republican Army who were convicted of training rebels in Colombia have returned surreptitiously to Ireland after eight months on the run from South America.

RTE, the Irish national broadcasters, carried an interview with one of the fugitives, Jim Monaghan. He said all three had returned to Ireland recently, “and, as you can imagine, a lot of people in a lot of countries had to help us.”

Monaghan, Niall Connolly and Martin McCauley were arrested in August 2001 as they were trying to board a flight out of Colombia after spending about 18 months with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Colombia’s major rebel group known by the acronym FARC.

The trio were charged with training rebels to make and deploy IRA-style weaponry, including truck-mounted mortars.


Jet overshot landing before fiery crash

TORONTO — The Air France jet that crashed earlier this week appeared to have landed too far down the runway, which may have contributed to it skidding into a ravine before bursting into flames, investigators said yesterday.

All 309 persons on board Flight 358 from Paris survived Tuesday’s crash.

Investigators said it was too soon to determine whether the long landing on the 9,000-foot runway, combined with torrential rain and gusting wind, caused the crash of the Airbus A340 at Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest.


Leaders face anti-Israel pressure

NOUAKCHOTT — Top Mauritanian opposition politicians urged coup leaders yesterday to cut ties with Israel, voicing long-standing anger among the country’s Arabs at the ousted president’s friendly relations with the Jewish state.

Army officers who toppled President Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya in a bloodless coup on Wednesday have not made any public pronouncements on foreign policy in Mauritania, one of only three Arab League states with full diplomatic ties with Israel.

But opposition leaders want the new rulers to reverse Mr. Taya’s amicable policy toward Israel, one of a host of popular grievances from corruption to repression of Islamic groups that fueled discontent with his 21-year rule.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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