- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2006

SAUDI ARABIA

Prison guards killed in Jidda clash

JIDDA — Armed men fatally shot two guards yesterday outside a prison in the western city of Jidda, before taking cover in a residential building where they were surrounded by Saudi security forces, state-run television reported.

The security forces brought in armored vehicles and helicopters to surround the building where the gunmen had fled, witnesses said.

The clashes started when the gunmen opened fire on guards outside the prison, the Interior Ministry said.

KYRGYZSTAN

Call to end immunity after base killing

BISHKEK — President Kurmanbek Bakiyev yesterday called for U.S. troops deployed in the former Soviet nation to be stripped of diplomatic immunity after a U.S. serviceman fatally shot a Kyrgyz civilian.

Alexander Ivanov, a 42-year-old fuel truck driver, was fatally shot by an Air Force security forces serviceman Wednesday during a security check at the entrance to the Manas Air Base near the capital of Bishkek, the Interior Ministry said.

Under an agreement between the U.S. and Kyrgyz governments, U.S. personnel deployed in Kyrgyzstan have immunity from criminal prosecution under Kyrgyz law.

EGYPT

10 held in terror plot flown to Brussels

CAIRO — Authorities expelled two Belgians and eight Frenchmen suspected of terrorism yesterday and put them on a flight to Brussels, but an American and another French citizen remained in Egyptian custody, officials said.

The 12, along with an unknown number of Egyptians and Arabs from other countries, were arrested late last month for purportedly belonging to an Islamist terror cell plotting attacks.

LEBANON

Hezbollah chief vows to continue protests

BEIRUT — Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah vowed yesterday to press ahead with his campaign to oust Lebanon’s Western-backed government but promised that his powerful Shi’ite Muslim group would not spark a fresh civil war.

Thousands of opposition followers have been camped out for a week in squares near government headquarters in central Beirut to try to topple Prime Minister Fuad Siniora’s government.

BRITAIN

Tornado damages London neighborhood

LONDON — A tornado yesterday ripped off a section of a wall of a northwest London house, damaged several nearby homes and injured at least six persons, authorities said.

London Fire Brigade reported that about 100 properties were affected in a quarter-square-mile area. The storm hit just after 11 a.m., as high winds, bursts of rain and occasional hail and thunder swept across southern England.

PHILIPPINES

U.S., Britain warn of terror attacks

CEBU — The United States, Britain and Australia warned yesterday that terrorists may be plotting attacks in the central Philippines, the site of next week’s summit of Asian leaders.

Australian and British officials said they think “terrorists are in the final stages of planning attacks.” All three countries warned their citizens to avoid travel to Cebu province, a tourism and industrial hub 350 miles southeast of the capital, Manila.

From wire dispatches and staff reports?

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