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January 27, 2002


West Bank: Palestinian Authority urges end to attacks

Facing mounting pressure from Israel and the United States, the Palestinian Authority on Saturday again called for an end to all bombing and shooting attacks against Israelis.

The Palestinian Cabinet issued a statement calling on all Palestinian groups to "cease fire completely and stop all military operations against Israelis."

But the bloodshed persisted Saturday. Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian at an army checkpoint in the West Bank, Palestinians said.

In the Gaza Strip, several violent incidents were reported including one in which Palestinian militants were apparently hit by a tank shell when they tried to lay an explosive near a border fence, Israeli radios reported.

Lebanon: Suspects detained in car-bomb killing

Beirut Police have detained two men in connection with a car-bomb explosion that killed former Christian militia commander Elie Hobeika, Lebanese security officials said Saturday.

Hobeika and three bodyguards were killed Thursday when a bomb in a parked car was detonated outside his east Beirut home.

Hobeika, 45, led the Christian militia that massacred hundreds of Palestinians in Beirut refugee camps in 1982.

Security officials said they were questioning George Massoud Hanna, 40, the former owner of the car, and his cousin Charbel Hanna in their hometown of Ein el-Mir in southern Lebanon.

George told investigators he had sold his dark blue Mercedes for $9,000 a month ago.

Barbados: Rower completes trans-Atlantic journey

A triumphant but exhausted Debra Veal made land Saturday after rowing for 111 days while braving storm squalls and tough tides in her solo trans-Atlantic journey.

By making the voyage, which covered 2,963 miles, she became the 11th woman rower to cross an ocean solo.

"There were probably a few anxious moments, but it was beautiful," the smiling but weary 27-year-old Briton said as she arrived at 10:55 a.m. at Port St. Charles.

Dozens of clapping fans, some blowing foghorns and whistles, welcomed the former schoolteacher as she landed.

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