- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2006


2 pipe bombs found near U.S. Embassy

CARACAS — Venezuelan police detained a university student outside the U.S. Embassy yesterday, saying he had planted two pipe bombs nearby.

Police closed the street to traffic and set off the two low-intensity explosives, which they said were essentially homemade fireworks. Dozens of children were evacuated from an adjacent school. Nobody was injured.

Police said one of the devices was found outside the school and the other in a planter about 50 yards from the embassy entrance. Both contained “small fliers with publicity alluding to Hezbollah,” the Lebanese guerrilla group that recently fought a monthlong war with Israel.


WWII bomb kills road worker

WUERZBURG — A road worker was killed yesterday when he struck and detonated a powerful World War II bomb while digging up a stretch of highway in southern Germany, police said.

The explosion near Aschaffenburg in Bavaria threw the 1-ton vehicle that was drilling into the asphalt into the air and killed the driver on the spot, said a police spokesman in nearby Wuerzburg.


Hurricane Paul threatens Baja

SAN JOSE DEL CABO — Hurricane Paul roared toward the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula yesterday, becoming the third hurricane this season to threaten the resort.

Paul had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and was moving north at about 5 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The storm’s winds had weakened from 105 mph, the center said, and Paul was downgraded to a Category 1 storm.

Forecasters predicted it could hit Mexico’s Pacific coast by tomorrow. A hurricane watch was issued for the tip of Baja California. The storm was on a course that would bring it just south of the peninsula late today before plowing into Mexico’s Pacific coast near the resort of Mazatlan.


President favors bigger population

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is urging couples to have more children to boost the country’s population, promising that his administration would reduce the working hours of women toward this end.

“It is said that two children is enough. I oppose this,” he told legislators Sunday, according to the Iranian Students News Agency. “Our country has a lot of capacities. It even has the capacity for 120 million people.”

Iran has a population of about 70 million. In the 1980s, reformist President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani persuaded prominent clerics to support his family planning program, reducing the country’s birthrate to 1.7 children per couple from 3.2.


Yellow River section turns red from sewage

BEIJING — A half-mile section of China’s Yellow River turned “red and smelly” after an unknown discharge was poured into it from a sewage pipe, state press said yesterday.

The incident in Lanzhou, a city of 2 million people in western Gansu province, follows a string of industrial accidents that have poisoned major rivers in China in the past year, forcing several cities to shut down their water systems.

It wasn’t clear what was tainting the section of the Yellow River. Environmental protection officials took samples and were trying to determine whether the sewage was toxic, the official Xinhua news agency said.


Ex-leader’s wife held on theft charges

LUSAKA — The wife of Zambia’s embattled former President Frederick Chiluba has been arrested and charged with four counts of receiving stolen money and properties, a family spokesman said yesterday.

Regina Chiluba, who initially was interrogated by the special task force on corruption, was formally arrested and released on police bail pending a court appearance.

Mr. Chiluba, who ruled Zambia for 10 years until retirement in 2001, is accused of stealing millions of dollars in state funds. Regina is accused of receiving a huge sum of state funds as Mr. Chiluba’s mistress when he was head of state.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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