THE MIDDLE EAST
New Prime Minister Named in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey -- The leader of Turkey's governing party was named prime minister yesterday, a step that could increase chances the United States will get permission to deploy troops along the country's border with Iraq.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who favors the deployment, hinted that he would shuffle the cabinet but gave no indication that he would purge officials who opposed letting in the troops, as analysts have suggested he might do.
Turks overwhelmingly oppose a war -- by 94 percent, according to some polls -- and the Turkish parliament shocked the United States this month by rejecting the deployment by three votes. Erdogan has hinted that he will resubmit the resolution for approval, which could take another week.
Prime Minister Abdullah Gul resigned yesterday to make way for Erdogan, who won a parliamentary seat in by-elections Sunday. Gul will remain as a caretaker prime minister until President Ahmet Necdet Sezer approves Erdogan's cabinet, a move that could happen today.
Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Gunman
HEBRON, West Bank -- Israeli troops fired a tank shell at a three-story apartment building, then razed it, killing a Palestinian gunman who several hours earlier had attacked an Israeli army patrol, the army and witnesses said.
One Israeli soldier was killed and five wounded in the ambush late Monday in Hebron. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical PLO faction, claimed responsibility for the shooting. The attack targeted soldiers patrolling a road connecting Hebron with the nearby Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.
After the ambush, a gunman ran into a nearby apartment building. At daybreak yesterday, residents were asked to leave the building and soldiers fired a tank shell at it, the army said. Despite the shelling, there was shooting from the building as an armored bulldozer wrecked it. Later, the body of a gunman was found in the rubble.
In the Gaza Strip, the bodies of two Palestinians were found near the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom. The military said soldiers had spotted the two digging near Kfar Darom late Monday, deemed them suspicious and opened fire.
Knives and a bag with a dozen pipe bombs were found nearby, the army said. The ages and names of the two were not immediately known.
Suspect in Tunisia Attack Held in France
LYON, France -- French intelligence agents detained a man in connection with a deadly synagogue attack in Tunisia last year, a judicial official said.
Slah Saadaoui, 25, is alleged to have supplied the main suspect in the blast with fake identification papers, said the official. The blast has been linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
The April 11 explosion on the Tunisian resort island of Djerba killed 21 people, mostly foreign tourists, and tore apart sections of a historic synagogue.