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Fire tears through London market

LONDON — A major fire tore through London’s Camden market late yesterday, ripping through market stalls and partially consuming an iconic pub, fire officials and witnesses said.

More than 100 firefighters and 20 engines battled the blaze at one of London’s most popular open-air markets and the surrounding area. There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

The fire spread quickly across the market and surrounding buildings, consuming part of the Hawley Arms, a popular Camden pub.


Two suspects held in diplomat killing

KHARTOUM — Security forces yesterday arrested two suspects in the killing of a U.S. diplomat, the official state news agency announced.

John Granville, an official for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was being driven home late at night on Jan. 1 when another vehicle cut off his car and occupants opened fire, killing the diplomat and his driver before fleeing the scene.

Acting on a tip yesterday, police closed in on the suspects in a suburb of Khartoum’s twin city, Omdurman. They were arrested after an exchange of fire. A previously unknown group called Ansar al-Tawhid took responsibility for the killing in an Internet chat room on a militant Web site.


Iranian rebels say water plant hit

BAGHDAD — A bombing raid by Iran’s Qods Force hit a water pumping station run by the Iranian dissident People’s Mujahedeen group inside Iraq yesterday, according to the group.

The attack in Ashraf city in Diyala province, about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad and close to the Iranian border, cut off water supply to more than 20,000 people — most of the Iranian resistance fighters living in a camp reportedly protected by the U.S. military.

Maryam Rajavi, president of the Iranian Resistance, condemned the attack and demanded a United Nations inquiry into the incident.


Heath Ledger given final farewell

PERTH — Heath Ledger’s family, his former fiancee Michelle Williams and Australia’s entertainment elite bade him farewell yesterday at a private memorial service in his hometown.

Mr. Ledger’s family returned to Perth earlier in the week to bury the actor, who died Jan. 22 in his Manhattan apartment from a prescription drug overdose. He was 28. The family attended a memorial service in Los Angeles last weekend.


Hamas seizes aid convoy

AMMAN — Jordan said yesterday the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas has confiscated a convoy of humanitarian aid sent to people living under an Israeli blockade in the Gaza Strip.

Minister of State for Information Affairs Nasser Joudeh told the state news agency Petra that Hamas members on Thursday seized 16 trucks carrying emergency supplies into Gaza and diverted the cargo to a warehouse run by the Islamist group.

Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip since June when it routed secular Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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