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21:00 2002-10-18
Terrorist Bombs in the Philippines

Two bombs exploded in separate shopping centres in the Filipino city of Zamboanga, on the island of Mindanao, on Thursday, killing six people outright and injuring 143, 20 of whom are in critical condition. Islamic fundamentalist groups are suspected of being behind these attacks.

This was the third bomb attack in the country this month. On 2nd October, three people were killed in an attack attributed to the terrorist organisations Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. On 10th October, a larger explosion killed eight people. Now the Filipino government has added the Jemaah Islamyah group to its list of suspects, after the bomb which killed nearly 200 people in Bali last weekend.

This group fights for a united Islamic state which includes the territory of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Sultanate of Brunei and the southern Philippines.

At the end of September, Abu Sayyaf announced that it was going to increase attacks on civilian targets in response to a more aggressive government offensive.

In Indonesia, the leader of Jemaah Islamyah, Abu Bakar Bachir, has been arrested and emergency legislation to introduce the death penalty is expected to be pushed through parliament today. Bachir had been quoted as saying that The Palestinians killed by Israel will go to Heaven. Those who died in Bali will go straight to Hell.

Timothy BANCROFT-HINCHEY
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21:00
Terrorist Bombs in the Philippines
150 victims in two bomb attacks on shopping centres
Two bombs exploded in separate shopping centres in the Filipino city of Zamboanga, on the island of Mindanao, on Thursday, killing six people outright and injuring 143, 20 of whom are in critical condition. Islamic fundamentalist groups are suspected of being behind these attacks.
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20:47
No wine for Khatami
Iranian president to refuse dinner if wine is served
Mohammad Khatami, the President of Iran, has declared that he will refuse to sit at the same table as King Juan Carlos of Spain if wine is served during the meal. His initiative has caused a flurry of diplomatic activity.
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20:37
Ivory Coast: Ceasefire
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Representatives of the Ivory Coast government and rebel soldiers signed a peace agreement in Bouake on Thursday, putting an end to three weeks of bitter fighting.
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20:25
Tension on India/Pakistan Border Lessens
India and Pakistan pull back troops
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20:24
France: Adieu to the Jacobine centralised state
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20:00
Russia Will Have to Support the War Against Hussein Anyway
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18:53
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18:05
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17:12
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16:15
Russia Refuses to Obey West
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11:43
Russian Capital to be Repatriated
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20:27
Russian Scientists in America. Part II
Former Soviet dissident talks his scientific life in the USA after the Soviet Union.
Those scientists who were invited to come to the USA by firms, or those that had rare knowledge, are basically luckier. Firms sometimes do that, since emigrants very often agree to lower wages, in comparison to what Americans want. I know two such specialists; they have been working in the States for a very long period of time. Their major problem is to find new contacts when old ones are over with. A company can experience a lack of specialists if it is a company that deals with new industrial fields (for example, new software development). This lack of specialists is a temporary inconvenience, basically
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17:50
Dignitas: Suicide Solution
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17:14
Iraq: Debate in UN Security Council
Wider base for debate as Annan asks for unanimity
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16:18
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16:06
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15:00
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14:57
Indonesia: The Bali Bombing
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14:31
I Felt Morally Obliged
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13:23
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12:29
Mario Soares: Agreement to not Extradite US Personnel to the ICC a shame
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10:30
Africa, Land of Conflicts
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20:17
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19:34
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