"Anyone who thought the Palestinian terror campaign against Israelis is over is completely mistaken," an aide to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said after a man apparently in an Army uniform detonated a bomb, killing himself and one other person and injuring at least 28 more. Many of the wounded were reported in serious condition. The explosion took place in a produce market in Netanya, the city where a March 27 bombing at a Passover meal sparked Israel's five-week offensive against Palestinian militants. (Related story, page 7; related editorial, page 10.)
Relations deteriorated further between India and Pakistan over disputed Kashmir, with the two shelling each other and Islamic guerrillas attacking an Army camp. In all, the casualties rose to six deaths and more than a dozen injuries, on top of the 34 people mostly soldiers' wives and children killed last week in a guerrilla raid on an Indian Army base. India expelled Pakistan's ambassador Saturday. Above, an Indian soldier inspects a Muslim's briefcase for possible hidden explosives in Srinagar, the Kashmir capital.
Amid intense security, East Timor formally declared itself independent, becoming the world's newest nation. Among global leaders attending: President Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia, the last of the foreign powers to exert its control over the small Roman Catholic territory. To the cheers of thousands of onlookers, she and her counterpart, Jose (Xanana) Gusmao, raised their joined hands in celebration before the latter's inauguration. (Story, page 7.)
A series of strikes, protests, and other "nonviolent action" aimed at toppling hard-line Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will begin within weeks, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MCD) vowed. It said the strategy was decided upon after negotiations on setting up a unity government collapsed last week. Mugabe warned against the plan, calling it "a dangerous undertaking [that] we will deal with effectively." The MDC accuses Mugabe of rigging the March election that returned him to power for six more years.
A clash of wills appeared in store between Republic of Ireland Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and the political party affiliated with the Irish Republican Army after he easily won reelection Friday. Ahern said it was time for Sinn Fein "to go the rest of the way" and arrange for the IRA to surrender its weapons. But Sinn Fein, which increased its seats in parliament from one to five in the election, "is now a major force for change" and will end its "anemic opposition," its leader, Gerry Adams, vowed.