The Week That Was

April 28, 2002

The World

Palestinian authorities said four men were convicted of the October assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi in October and given sentences ranging from one to 18 years.

Elections in Ireland have been set for May 17.

Russian security forces said they killed a key Chechen rebel leader named Khattab.

A British judge refused to extradite Lotfi Raissi to the United States, saying the Justice Department. produced no evidence that the Algerian, once accused of training hijackers in flying techniques, was involved in the Sept. 11 plot.

Maoist rebels blew up the ancestral home of Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba 300 miles west of Katmandu.

Two Pakistani police officers told a closed Karachi court that Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh admitted playing a role in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Sheikh and his three co-defendants had pleaded not guilty.

Disputing the objectivity of members of a fact-finding team comprising a former president of Finland, a former head of the U.N. High Commission on Refugees and a former head of the International Red Cross, Israel delayed a U.N. inquiry into Israeli actions in the Jenin refugee camp.

Pakistan has allowed American troops seeking al-Quaida fighters that have fled Afghanistan to operate within its borders.

Israel withdrew forces from the center of all West Bank cities other than around standoffs in Bethlehem and Ramallah, tallying 1,500 arrests and 250 Palestinians dead -- including 35 key organizers of attacks on Israel -- as a result of its month-long military operation. Troops later returned to Qalqilya, killing the local head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and arresting 43 people there and in nearby villages.

A truck explosion that blew up an historic Tunisian synagogue, killing 16, was declared a terror attack by German authorities. Most of the dead were German tourists.

Jibril Rajoub, the Palestinian security chief in the West Bank who is considered a key participant in U.S.-backed peace plans, said he would not resume security coordination with Israel after Israeli forces destroyed his headquarters.

A 19-year-old, apparently seeking revenge for being expelled, returned to his school and shot dead 14 teachers, two pupils, a police officer and himself in Germany's worst mass murder since World War II, police said.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein called on Arab states to cut oil exports by half and refuse to sell to the United States until Israel ends its West Bank incursion.

The Nation

The number of children killed in highway accidents last year -- 2,658 -- was the lowest on record. Safety authorities cited seat belt laws and better education about the use of restraints.

Investigators said a freight train ran a red light before it smashed into a commuter train near Los Angeles, killing two and injuring more than 260.

The University of North Carolina abolished its early decisions admissions program, the first major competitive school to step away from the controversial system.

Budget experts predicted a federal deficit of over $100 billion in the current fiscal year, more than double earlier estimates.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed a plan that would abolish the Immigration and Naturalization Service and replace it with two agencies, one to handle immigrants, the other to enforce immigration law.

Two claims have been made on a New Jersey lottery ticket worth one-third of the $331 million payoff in the Big Game, one by the man holding the ticket, the other by a group of co-workers who say it was purchased in an office pool.

An Air Force airman arrested for six sexual assaults in Colorado has been linked via DNA with a series of rapes and a murder in Philadelphia from 1997 to 1999, according to police. Troy Graves, 29, was being held on $1 million bail.

Karen Hughes, a longtime senior adviser to President Bush, left the White House saying she wanted to return to Texas and spend more time with her family. Suprisingly, most agree that she actually meant it.

Robert Iler, the 17-year-old Sopranos actor, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny and avoided jail time for joining three other young men in taking $40 from two 16-year-olds on the Upper East Side of New York in July.

The Region

Baltimore U.S. Attorney Thomas DiBiaggio used federal racketeering laws to indict seven area men suspected of arson, fraud, kidnapping and attempted murder.

More than 100 workers at the three Washington-area airports were indicted on charges of concealing criminal records and violating immigration laws in applying for airport security clearance.

MSPAP, the controversial state test used to grade schools, will be administered for the last time this spring, replaced next year by a test that meets federal standards requiring that each student receive a score.

Federal health authorities unveiled a nursing home report card, a pilot project that ranks homes in Maryland and five other states.

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