The Week That Was

April 21, 2002

The World

After meeting with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, who had just returned from the Middle East, President Bush called Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon "a man of peace," though he has defied Bush's demand to withdraw troops from the entire West Bank. Sharon took troops from Jenin and Nablus but says they will remain in Ramallah and Bethlehem.

Israeli forces captured Marwan Barghouti, a leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement.

Korean rescuers found 39 survivors of the crash of an Air China Boeing 767 outside Pusan. At least 118 people died.

American officials met several times in recent months with the leaders of the coalition that briefly ousted Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but a Bush administration spokesman adamantly denied that they encouraged the illegal takeover. Chavez promised Venezuelans a more open government as he rounded up the military officers who aided the overthrow.

Former Haitian president Prosper Avril was released from prison when a court ruled there was not enough evidence to hold him on charges of plotting against the state, but was quickly re-arrested in the 1990 massacre of a dozen peasants.

Geoff Nyarota, editor of Zimbabwe's only independent newspaper, The Daily World, was arrested and charged with publishing false information in a story that accused President Robert Mugabe of fraud in his election victory last month.

Four American soldiers attempting to disarm captured weapons in Afghanistan were killed in an accidental explosion. Four Canadian soldiers participating in a war exercise died when an American Air National Guard pilot apparently thought he was under attack and launched two laser-guided bombs.

The Dutch prime minister and his Cabinet resigned after an investigation concluded that Dutch politicians shared the blame for the 1995 massacre of Bosnians in Srebrenica who were being protected by Dutch United Nations peacekeeping troops.

Maoist rebels killed nine policemen and a civilian in an attack in Nepal.

Al Hamed Iman, publisher of a provincial weekly newspaper in Iran, received seven months in jail and 74 lashes after being convicted of "false reporting."

British troops launched an offensive in eastern Afghanistan, sweeping through caves in a mountainous region at elevations of more than 9,000 feet.

An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion at a synagogue in Tunisia. Officials there initially claimed that the blast, which killed 16, was an accident.

An Algerian thought to be a top official in al-Qaida's financial network, Ahmed Brahim, was arrested by Spanish officials.

Thor Heyerdahl, whose 1947 trip across the Pacific in a log raft inspired his book Kon-Tiki, died at 87.

Three died when a small plane crashed into a skyscraper in Milan, Italy, raising fears of a terrorist attack though it appeared to be an accident.

Mohammed Zahir Shah, 87, king of Afghanistan from 1933 to 1973, returned to Kabul under heavy security.

The family of the late Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha agreed to return $1 billion to that country and keep $100 million for themselves, Swiss authorities announced.

At least 17 Russian troops died in an ambush in Chechnya hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin told a national television audience that the war in the rebellious province was essentially over.

Russia lifted its ban on chicken imported from the United States after 35 days.

The Nation

The Vatican summoned U.S. cardinals to Rome to discuss the growing scandal over sexual abuse by priests.

Settlement negotiations between the Justice Department and Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm charged with obstruction of justice in the shredding of Enron documents, collapsed.

Actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, 44, killed almost a year ago.

An Amtrak Auto Train with 450 passengers derailed near Orlando, Fla., killing at least four and injuring more than 150.

The Senate rejected drilling for oil in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge.

A judge ruled that Cardinal Bernard Law must answer an attorney's questions in connection with a lawsuit against the Boston Archdiocese over sexual abuse allegations.

Oregon's assisted-suicide law cannot be overturned by the Bush administration, a federal judge ruled.

Families of those who died when United Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11 listened to the tape of the cockpit voice recorder and said it validated the belief that the passengers heroically struggled to keep the plane from striking its target.

Philadelphia will privatize 42 failing schools, handing them to seven outside managers, including the Edison company and two universities.

House officials told Ohio Rep. James Traficant to refrain from voting while they review his conviction on racketeering charges.

A rally in support of Israel attracted tens of thousands to the Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Former Supreme Court justice and college football star Byron R. White died at 84.

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