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January 19, 2003

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Washington: Driver killed with machete after cars wrecked, police say

A man attacked and killed another man with a machete after their vehicles crashed in a parking lot Saturday afternoon, police said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital after police learned he apparently drank weedkiller before officers arrived at the scene of the attack, police spokesman Paul Petersen said.

The man would be sent to jail as soon as he was released from the hospital, Petersen said. His condition was not immediately available.

The victim, a 52-year-old real estate agent, suffered numerous machete blows to the head, face, and neck.

The victim once sold property to the man, but Petersen said police were not yet sure if that sale had anything to do with the attack.

The suspect's small car struck the victim's sport utility vehicle; then the man got out of his car and attacked the other driver, police said.

Kuwait City: Alleged spy was planning to poison troops, paper says

A Kuwaiti soldier accused of spying for Iraq was working on plans to poison a large number of American soldiers, a well-connected Kuwaiti newspaper reported Saturday.

The alleged spy, Sgt. Mohammed Hamad al-Juwayed of the Kuwaiti National Guards, also was helping Iraqi agents infiltrate the country with the aim of assassinating Kuwaiti politicians and blowing up oil and power facilities, according to the newspaper Al-Watan.

The Interior Ministry announced al-Juwayed's arrest on Friday, saying he "provided security and military information to the Iraqis and spied on movements of senior Kuwaiti officials with the intent of facilitating terrorist and sabotage operations."

The ministry did not mention any attempt to spy on or attack U.S. forces in Kuwait.

Louisiana: Commander says information unavailable during bombing

Information on allied troop locations in Afghanistan was "basically nonexistent" for U.S. pilots last spring, when two Air Force pilots mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers, killing four, the aviators' former squadron commander testified Saturday.

Col. David Nichols said he told his superiors before the April 17 bombing that he was concerned his pilots were ill-informed about coalition troop locations. Nichols testified for the defense in a military hearing to determine whether Majs. Harry Schmidt and William Umbach should be court-martialed for dropping a 500-pound bomb on the Canadian infantry soldiers, eight of whom were wounded.

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