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2 guards hurt in attack at spy headquarters in Britain

An attacker wielding a machete wounded two security guards at Britain's MI5 spy headquarters yesterday, police said. The man was arrested after officers immobilized him with an electric stun gun. The guards' injuries were not life-threatening, a Scotland Yard spokesman said yesterday. A police source said it was unlikely the attack was linked to terrorism. (Reuters)

NORTHERN IRELAND

Extremists crash forklift truck into pub
BELFAST -- Extremists crashed a forklift truck into a Belfast pub packed with Catholics early yesterday and tossed gasoline bombs into the building. No one was injured in the attack, police said. A gang used the stolen vehicle to smash down a security grill on a window about 12:45 a.m., then tossed three gasoline bombs inside the Thirty Two Degrees North pub on Crumlin Road, a part of northern Belfast where tensions between Catholics and Protestants have flared repeatedly. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, although Catholic leaders attributed the attack to the largest illegal Protestant group, the Ulster Defense Association. (AP)

GERMANY

Fire destroys books at historical library
WEIMAR -- A fire that ripped through one of the most precious historical libraries in Germany destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of irreplaceable books, although about 6,000 works, including a 1543 Martin Luther Bible, were taken to safety, officials said yesterday. About 25,000 books were destroyed and 40,000 more were damaged by water and smoke from the fire Thursday night at Duchess Anna Amalia Library. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire, which broke out after the library closed and raged about two hours before 330 firefighters brought it under control. (AP)

SOUTH AFRICA

Businessman charged in nuclear-linked trade
VANDERBIJLPARK -- The head of a South African engineering firm was charged yesterday with trafficking in nuclear-related materials that could be used to make weapons of mass destruction. Johan Meyer, 53, appeared at Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court on charges of violating South Africa's Nonproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Act and Nuclear Energy Act. He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody pending a bail hearing Sept. 8. The US Embassy in Pretoria said Meyer's arrest was linked to international investigations into the network of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program who admitted passing nuclear technology to other nations. (AP)

BURUNDI

UN finds 3 groups staged massacre
UNITED NATIONS -- A UN inquiry into a massacre in Burundi has tentatively concluded that three armed groups carried out the attack, which was carefully planned and staged from the Democratic Republic of Congo, diplomats said yesterday. The Forces for National Liberation, the lone Hutu rebel group refusing to join the peace process in Burundi, previously has claimed responsibility for the Aug. 13 massacre of more than 160 ethnic Tutsi Congolese refugees. But UN investigators have evidence that the FNL were aided by Congolese Mai Mai tribal fighters and extremist Hutu fighters. (Reuters)

IRAQ

Group said to admit waging Chalabi attack
BAGHDAD -- A militant group has claimed responsibility for an assassination attempt against former Iraq Governing Council member Ahmed Chalabi, Al-Jazeera reported today. Gunmen attacked a convoy carrying Chalabi, a prominent Iraqi politician and former US ally, south of Baghdad on Wednesday. Chalabi was not injured, but four bodyguards were reported missing. (AP)

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