- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2007


Shooting erupts on Lebanon border

JERUSALEM — Fighting broke out between Israeli and Lebanese soldiers last night as Israel searched for Hezbollah bombs along the frontier between the two countries, officials from both sides said.

Lebanese soldiers opened fire and Israeli troops responded with tanks and light weapons, Israeli security officials said. Lebanese military officials said their troops opened fire with machine guns on a bulldozer after the vehicle crossed the so-called Blue Line — the U.N.-demarcated boundary — and entered about 20 yards into Lebanon.

It was the first time that shooting erupted across the border since shortly after a cease-fire on Aug. 14 ended a 34-day summer war between Israeli forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah militants.


U.S. soldier ordered to stand trial

ROME — A judge yesterday ordered a U.S. soldier to stand trial in absentia in the fatal shooting of an Italian intelligence agent at a checkpoint in Baghdad, the prosecutor said.

Spc. Mario Lozano is indicted for murder and attempted murder in the death of Nicola Calipari. He was shot on March 4, 2005, on his way to the Baghdad airport shortly after securing the release of an Italian journalist who had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital, prosecutor Pietro Saviotti said.

Spc. Lozano was not at the hearing. Judge Sante Spinaci set his trial date for April 17. A Pentagon spokesman said there are no plans to make Spc. Lozano available for the trial.


Officials investigate global child-porn ring

VIENNA — Austrian authorities said yesterday they have uncovered a major international child-pornography ring involving more than 2,360 suspects from 77 countries, including hundreds in the United States, who paid to view videos of children being sexually abused.

Interior Minister Guenther Platter said the FBI was investigating about 600 of the suspects in the United States. German authorities were following leads on another 400 people. France was looking into about 100 others, and at least 23 suspects were Austrians, he said.

Mr. Platter said videos downloaded from the Internet and seized by Austria’s Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau included images that showed “the worst kind of child sexual abuse.”


Episcopal church names female bishop

HAVANA — The Episcopal Church has named a woman as bishop in Cuba, the first such appointment by the church in the developing world, church officials said.

The Rev. Nerva Cot Aguilera was named suffragan bishop on Sunday during a service in the Cuban city of Matanzas, said Robert Williams, director of communications for the U.S.-based Episcopal Church.

She will be consecrated in Havana on June 10.


3 hurt in latest letter-bomb attack

LONDON — A letter bomb exploded at Britain’s vehicle-licensing agency yesterday, injuring three women, in a spate of attacks targeting driving-related organizations.

Police said seven devices had been sent through the mail in the past three weeks, including three bombs in the past three days. At least seven persons have been injured.

Yesterday’s blast at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea, South Wales, raised speculation that an angry motorist had begun a campaign of letter bombs. Attacks on Monday and Tuesday hit offices linked to companies involved in speed cameras and traffic fees.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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