EUROPE

British Police Officer Killed,

4 Injured in Anti-Terror Raid

MANCHESTER, England -- A British policeman was stabbed to death and four others were injured yesterday in an anti-terror raid that police said was linked to last week's discovery of a chemical weapons agent in London.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said the first killing of a British police officer in an anti-terrorist operation since the Sept.11 attacks in the United States in 2001 was "an appalling tragedy and wicked in the extreme."

Unarmed officers raided an address in the northern English city of Manchester to detain a man under anti-terrorism legislation but found two other men in their twenties at the scene, Manchester's assistant chief police constable Alan Green said. At least one of the suspects attacked the officers, apparently with a large kitchen knife, Green said.

Police did not give the dead policeman's name.

Reuters

Palestinian Links Peace Talks To End of Suicide Bombings

LONDON -- Palestinians speaking via video hookup told an international conference on the Middle East that peace talks can resume only when suicide bombings stop and Israel eases restrictions on Palestinians.

"The suicide bombings will not bring us peace, and confiscating of our liberty will not bring you security," Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo said. "Let us together reject extremism in all its forms. Let us together choose the path of peaceful negotiations."

He said his statement was addressed to the Israeli public.

Associated Press

Turkish Cypriots Demonstrate

For Their Place in Europe

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Tens of thousands of people crammed into a Nicosia square for the biggest demonstration in Turkish Cypriot history, demanding an end to decades of isolation and a deal to win them a place in Europe.

Estimates of the size of the crowd ranged from 50,000 to 70,000, a huge number for the isolated enclave of about 200,000 people.

The Mediterranean island, which joins the EU in May 2004, has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974 in response to a Greek Cypriot coup engineered by the military junta then in power in Athens.

Reuters

MIDDLE EAST

Israel's Labor Party Won't Join

A Future Sharon Government

JERUSALEM -- Israel's opposition Labor Party declared that it would not join a government headed by Ariel Sharon -- a move that further complicated the political scene and made it highly unlikely any party could form a stable coalition after the elections on Jan. 28 .

Sharon's hawkish Likud party is favored to win the largest number of seats, with the left-leaning Labor Party coming in second.

Associated Press

ASIA

Japanese Prime Minister Visits Shrine Honoring WWII Dead

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited a shrine honoring Japan's war dead, drawing protests from China and South Korea and risking the ire of other Asian nations Japan brutally occupied last century.

Although it was lauded by Japanese conservatives, the visit came at a tender diplomatic time for Japan, which is trying to take a leading role in finding a peaceful solution to the intensifying nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula -- one of its former conquests.

Both North and South Korea and other neighboring countries say the shrine glorifies Japan's militaristic past.

Associated Press