- The Washington Times - Monday, June 6, 2005

ARGENTINA

Small bombs found at three U.S. outlets

BUENOS AIRES — Police found small bombs yesterday at outlets of three U.S.-based companies in or near this capital, one of which exploded without causing any injuries.

A small homemade bomb went off in a Blockbuster Inc. video store just outside the capital overnight, causing minor damage to windows. Bombs were also found at a McDonald’s restaurant and Citibank branch, but police removed them before they went off.

“They’re still investigating, but there were no injuries, just material damage,” said a police source. Police found pamphlets signed by the Mariano Moreno National Liberation Commando, saying, “Our aim is to liberate [Argentina] from imperialism.”

Last year, Buenos Aires was hit by a string of similar bomb attacks, mainly targeting banks. Last November, bombs went off at three banks in the city, killing one security guard and injuring a bomb squad officer. No group claimed responsibility.

MEXICO

Colima volcano burps ash miles high

MEXICO CITY — The 12,533-foot Colima volcano 430 miles northwest of here erupted Sunday, spewing burning rock and ash on nearby villages, authorities said.

The eruption sent a column of black ash into the clouds, and satellite images suggested the plume extended 2 to three miles into the sky. “It’s an event that is among the strongest in the past 20 years,” said Jorge Sapien, spokesman of the Jalisco state Civil Protection Department.

Known as the “Volcano of Fire,” the summit’s first-recorded eruption came in A.D. 1560. The volcanic system is considered to be among the most active and potentially the most destructive of the volcanoes in Mexico.

Weekly notes …

Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco was rushed to a hospital with high blood pressure yesterday, a government source said in San Jose, the national capital. He felt ill in the morning and had a blood pressure of 220 over 140, said Ricardo Toledo, a presidential ally. Mr. Pacheco has been fiercely criticized recently over a tourist-site concession and for appointing relatives to choice government jobs. … Switzerland will continue a freeze on 7.5 million Swiss francs (about U.S. $6 million) held in Swiss bank accounts by former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier for two years, Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said yesterday. The money was blocked in Switzerland at the request of Haiti’s new government when Mr. Duvalier was toppled in 1986. Mr. Calmy-Rey said there are signs the case could be settled soon.

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