Palestinian Lawmaker

Critical of Arafat Is Shot

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Gunmen shot and wounded a harsh critic of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday in the latest example of turmoil that has divided the Palestinian leader's cabinet and sparked violent protests.

Nabil Amr, a Palestinian lawmaker and former cabinet minister, was shot in the leg by unidentified attackers in Ramallah, Palestinians said. Doctors said he was not seriously wounded. Amr has often complained about corruption and inefficiency in Arafat's administration.


* VIENNA -- Moving to contain a scandal that has deeply embarrassed the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Klaus Kueng as an "apostolic visitor" to investigate an Austrian seminary where authorities uncovered pornographic materials, some of it involving children.

* KIEV, Ukraine -- Rescuers flooded a mine shaft in eastern Ukraine, trying to extinguish a raging fire and resume the search for survivors after a blast Monday night that killed 31 miners working 3,180 feet below the surface. Emergency workers were looking for five miners unaccounted for in the Krasnolimanskaya mine.


* JERUSALEM -- The head of Israel's internal security service told lawmakers that as many as 200 Jewish settlers want to see Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dead because of his plan to dismantle settlements in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

"He said there were dozens of people, with the backup of maybe 150 more, who want to see the prime minister dead," lawmaker Ran Cohen told Israel Radio. Avi Dichter, head of the Shin Bet security service, said his agents had not uncovered any specific assassination plot.

* BEIRUT -- Israeli soldiers clashed with Hezbollah guerrillas along the Lebanese border, leaving two soldiers and one guerrilla dead. The renewed fighting followed a bombing in Beirut on Monday that killed a veteran Hezbollah commander. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the assassination, but the Israeli army denied involvement.


* DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- A key Rwanda genocide suspect has been handed over to U.N. prosecutors, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said. Gaspard Kanyarukiga, 59, accused of an attack on a church in which 2,000 people died, was arrested Saturday in South Africa.


* SANTIAGO, Chile -- Opponents of former dictator Augusto Pinochet filed formal accusations against him for alleged financial crimes after the disclosure of secret accounts opened for him at Riggs Bank in Washington.

The discovery of the accounts sparked hope among activists of prosecuting Pinochet, who has escaped trial despite some 300 charges against him for human rights abuses when he ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.


* KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan and U.S. forces killed one militant and captured five others, including a brother-in-law of Taliban leader Mohammad Omar. A U.S. soldier reportedly was wounded in a separate attack. Mullah Amanullah, Omar's brother-in-law, was detained near Deh Rawood, Omar's home town in Uruzgan province, 250 miles southwest of Kabul, Uruzgan police chief Rozi Khan said.

-- From News Services