- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Palestinian killed in assault on police

JERUSALEM | Israeli police Tuesday fatally shot a Palestinian who tried to run them over with his car as tractors nearby demolished a militant's home - sparking clashes between angry Arabs and heavily armed riot troops.

It was the latest in a string of attacks by Palestinian drivers on Israeli targets in Jerusalem, feeding tensions between Jews and Arabs in the disputed city.

The destroyed apartment belonged to a Hussam Dwayat, 30, who killed three Israelis during a rampage with his heavy construction vehicle in July. He was fatally shot at the scene.


Police break up reputed al Qaeda cell

RIYADH | Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it had arrested 11 al Qaeda-linked militants, seizing arms and breaking up a cell that planned to carry out attacks and kidnappings.

Police arrested members of the group in several areas, including in a region near the border with Yemen, seizing arms and ammunition, Saudi media quoted the Interior Ministry as saying.

State television showed footage of security forces digging out bags containing assault rifles and other weapons hidden in a mountainous area.


Aftershocks hamper quake aid

L'AQUILA | Strong aftershocks shook central Italy on Tuesday and hampered rescue efforts after the country's worst earthquake in three decades killed at least 228 people and left thousands homeless.

L'Aquila's mayor said one person died in the neighborhood of Roio, but firefighters could not confirm the report. A 5.6-magnitude aftershock was felt in Rome, 60 miles to the west.

Hundreds of emergency workers used mechanical diggers and their bare hands to remove piles of rubble. Rescuers celebrated after a 20-year-old woman was found alive 42 hours after the quake under the rubble of a four-story building.


Rancher faces retrial in U.S. nun's killing

RIO DE JANEIRO | A Brazilian court on Tuesday ordered the arrest and retrial of a rancher acquitted of orchestrating the killing of an American nun.

Para state's top court reversed last year's not-guilty verdict for Vitalmiro Moura on a technicality, a court spokesman said.

Mr. Moura is accused of masterminding the 2005 shooting death of 73-year-old Sister Dorothy Stang. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she spent three decades on the Amazon's wild frontier, working to preserve the rain forest and defend the rights of poor settlers whose lands were seized by ranchers.

Prosecutors say Mr. Moura and rancher Regivaldo Galvao hired gunmen to kill Sister Stang over a disputed plot of land.


Magazine license pulled for blasphemy

CAIRO | A court revoked the license of a literary magazine Tuesday on the grounds that a poem it had published more than two years ago was blasphemous, court sources said.

Ibdaa (Creativity), a small-circulation magazine issued by a government-controlled publishing house, lost its license for printing Helmy Salem's poem, “Laila Mourad's balcon,” which contains references to God, some phrased as questions, likening God, for example, to a villager force-feeding a duck.

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