- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006

BRITAIN

Suspicious bag forces evacuation

LONDON — Authorities evacuated a terminal at London’s Heathrow Airport for about four hours yesterday after a man dropped off a package near the Air Algeria and Lufthansa desks and ran away, airport staff members said.

An airport source said a police swab test for explosives on the bag had showed positive, but that it was not a viable bomb. A police spokeswoman said a man had been arrested under the Terrorism Act and was being questioned.

PHILIPPINES

Bombings kill 6, injure 40

MANILA — At least six persons were killed and more than 40 were wounded in two separate bomb blasts in the southern Philippines yesterday, officials said, pointing to the likely involvement of Islamist militants.

Police in North Cotabato province said a homemade bomb killed 12 persons and injured dozens during a festival in the town of Makilala, but the provincial governor said six persons were killed and 26 wounded when the bomb exploded in a bar.

Earlier, a powerful blast ripped through a public market in the city of Tacurong, about 30 miles west of Makilala, wounding four persons.

GERMANY

Iraqi arrested, linked to al Qaeda messages

BERLIN — An Iraqi man suspected of spreading messages by al Qaeda leaders on the Internet in the past year was arrested yesterday in Germany.

The 36-year-old, who was identified only as Ibrahim R., was arrested near the western city of Osnabrueck, and his apartment was searched, prosecutors said.

He was accused of spreading audio and video messages from Osama bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri and former al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab Zarqawi on the Internet from his home since Sept. 24, 2005.

IRAQ

Saddam ejected; trial guard socked

BAGHDAD — The chief judge ejected Saddam Hussein and a co-defendant punched one of the guards and denounced prosecutors as “pimps” and “traitors” yesterday during the toppled leader’s genocide trial.

The chaotic scenes drew criticism of the U.S.-backed court from the government, which last month removed the previous presiding judge, saying he was too soft with Saddam and that he had lost his neutrality.

Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa yesterday ordered a closed session after co-defendant and former military commander Hussein Rasheed was escorted by guards from the courtroom.

BRITAIN

Indian writer wins literary award

LONDON — Indian writer Kiran Desai won Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize yesterday for “The Inheritance of Loss,” a saga that moves from the Himalayas to New York City.

Miss Desai, daughter of novelist and three-time Booker Prize nominee Anita Desai, had been one of the favorites for the $93,000 prize.

“To my mother, I owe a debt so profound and so great that this book feels as much hers as it does mine,” said the writer, dressed in a traditional Indian sari, as she accepted her award. “It was written in her company and in her witness and in her kindness.”

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