The Week That Was

September 22, 2002

The World

French and Spanish police arrested Basque terrorist suspects Juan Antonio Olarra Guridi and Ainhoa Mugica as the couple left a grocery store near Bordeaux, France.

An al-Qaida suspect arrested in Pakistan has been tied to the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, said Pakistani police.

North Korean President Kim Jong Il confessed that his country kidnapped 11 Japanese citizens between 1977 and 1983 so they could teach Japanese language and culture to spies.

Iraq said it would allow United Nations arms inspectors to return "without conditions."

After six weeks without a suicide bombing, two exploded in Israel. One killed an Israeli policeman at a bus stop in northern Israel. The other detonated on a bus in Tel Aviv, killing five, and prompting the Israeli army to move on Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah.

Jewish extremists were believed to be behind a bomb that exploded at a Palestinian school in Hebron, injuring five children. A second bomb found nearby was safely detonated.

Ramzi Binalshibh, a top al-Qaida official thought to have been involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, was arrested in Pakistan and handed to the United States. He was taken to an undisclosed location for questioning.

Chechen rebels were suspected of detonating a remote control bomb in Grozny that killed 11 and wounded 30.

At least 27 illegal immigrants from Liberia drowned off the coast of Sicily when their boat capsized.

The head of the United Nations World Food Program said 14.4 million people face starvation in southern Africa.

Physicists working at a laboratory near Geneva created 50,000 atoms of antimatter - the first time so large a quantity has been produced.

Maurice Papon, 92, a former police chief serving Vichy, the Nazi puppet state, was released from prison because of age and health. Papon was convicted in 1998 of signing deportation orders for more than 1,500 French Jews during World War II and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Nation

Federal officials said that Kamal Derwish, a native of Lackawanna, N.Y., now living in Yemen, was a key member of an al-Qaida cell in this upstate city near Buffalo.

Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton was charged with contempt of federal court for her agency's handling of a Native American trust fund, the subject of a longstanding lawsuit.

State Treasurer Shannon O'Brien won the Massachusetts Democratic primary and will face Republican Mitt Romney in the race for governor.

The White House asked Congress for authority to "use all means" to disarm and overthrow Saddam Hussein, regardless of U.N. stance.

Three Muslim medical students, who were detained for 17 hours in Florida after a woman thought she overheard them plotting a terrorist attack, were told they are no longer welcome at the Miami hospital where they planned to work.

Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene resigned after 32 years over allegations of sexual misconduct with a high school student who was the subject of one of his columns.

The death sentence was recommended by the California jury that convicted David Westerfield for killing his 7-year-old neighbor, Danielle van Dam.

A congressional investigation determined that the U.S. intelligence community failed to take seriously warnings of a Sept. 11-like attack dating to 1998.

Two spectators came out of the stands at the Chicago White Sox' Comiskey Park and attacked Kansas City Royals' first base coach Tom Gamboa.

The Boston archdiocese reached a tentative $10 million settlement with 86 alleged victims of sexual abuse by a now-defrocked priest. The archdiocese backed out of an earlier larger settlement saying it could not afford it.

Janet Reno conceded defeat to Bill McBride in Florida's Democratic gubenatorial primary, a week after an election day marred by polling snafus.

The Region

Maryland school officials introduced a four-day reading and math test that meets federal guidelines to replace MSPAP.

Next year's projected state budget deficit rose to $1.3 billion.

Three alleged leaders of a West Baltimore drug gang known as the Lexington Terrace Boys were charged in federal court with six killings and drug trafficking.

State scientists neutralized the poison put into a Crofton pond two weeks ago to kill snakeheads, saying they had found six adults and more than 1,000 juvenile snakeheads among the dead fish.

Two polls show Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. with a slim lead over Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in the race for governor.

An Afghan national who was arrested at a Northwest Baltimore apartment along with several other Middle Eastern men was ordered held in jail while an FBI terrorist task force investigates. He was charged with immigration violations.

The Rochester (N.Y.) Red Wings AAA minor league baseball team ended its 42-year affiliation with the Baltimore Orioles.

Quote

"Bush wants to divert attention from his domestic problems. It's a classic tactic. It's one that Hitler used."

German Justice Minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin, commenting on President Bush's stance on Iraq, a remark that drew protests from the White House

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