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Bomb kills agent

A Russian security agent was killed early yesterday while trying to defuse a bomb a woman had tried to carry into a cafe just off central Moscow's main street. The woman was detained after her behavior attracted the attention of security guards, officials said. Her bag, which contained the explosive device, was left on the street. Police detained the woman, and the Federal Security Service, or FSB, was called to the scene. When an FSB sapper approached the bag to try to defuse the explosive device, it exploded, killing him, the Moscow police press service said. Moscow Prosecutor Mikhail Avdyukov linked the blast to a double suicide bombing at a weekend rock concert that killed 16 people including the attackers and was believed to be the work of Chechen rebels.

United States

Writer allegedly Iraqi spy

A 60-year-old writer and publisher was arrested at his Chicago area home on Wednesday and charged with providing information to Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency about the deposed Iraqi leader's foes. Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi, who has a Jordanian passport but has lived in the US for about 10 years, was described in an affidavit as an "unregistered agent" for the former Iraqi government who reported on Iraqi exile leaders and gave press identification cards to Iraqi intelligence agents. Dumeisi's lawyer, James Fennerty, told reporters his client was merely a journalist, not a spy.

United States

Spears no virgin

Pop princess Britney Spears has admitted that she had sex with former boyfriend Justin Timberlake despite once vowing to remain a virgin until she wed. In the upcoming issue of W magazine, Spears details her relationship with Timberlake, the most-watched music industry romance since Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. The 21-year-old Spears, whose stratospheric rise from Mouseketeer to pop megastar mirrored Timberlake's success, revealed that she had sex with the 'N Sync boy band singer because she believed they would marry someday. For now, Spears said, she's hunting far afield for a new beau -- especially in Australia and Spain where men are less "fuddy duddy."

United States

`Global gag rule' repealed

In a major blow to President George W. Bush's foreign aid policy, the US Senate voted late Wednesday to repeal his ban on assistance to international family planning groups that fight for the availability of abortion. By a vote of 53-43, senators rejected a motion to kill an amendment by Democrat Barbara Boxer of California that strikes down the so-called Mexico City Policy, an anti-abortion measure. The Mexico City Policy, often referred to as "the global gag rule," bars the US government from providing assistance to organizations that advocate abortion as a family planning tool and openly counsel women about abortion services.


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