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IRELANDDUBLIN — A 25-year-old Catholic who had just joined Northern Ireland’s police force died yesterday when a booby-trap bomb exploded as he got into his car in Omagh, police said. No group claimed responsibility, but police and politicians blamed Irish Republican Army dissidents for the bombing.
Prime minister says he will step downMADRID — Spain’s embattled socialist prime minister yesterday said he will not seek reelection in 2012 as his country grapples with debt, joblessness, and a faltering economy hit by the international financial crisis. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told Socialist Party leaders he would limit his tenure to two terms, opening the process up to primaries.
Kidnap plot foiled, Israeli military saysJERUSALEM — Israeli aircraft killed three Palestinian militants planning to abduct Israelis over the upcoming Jewish festival of Passover in Israel and the Egyptian resort of Sinai, the military said yesterday. The Islamic militant group Hamas issued a statement identifying the men killed as Hamas fighters. It called the strike “a crime’’ and vowed revenge.
Thousands protest nuclear powerBERLIN — Several thousand Germans demanding an end to the use of nuclear energy have taken part in demonstrations, including 3,000 yesterday outside energy company RWE’s headquarters in Essen. On Friday, RWE filed a lawsuit demanding that all its nuclear reactors be allowed to remain open.
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