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CAR BOMB EXPLODES IN SPAIN; 2 KILLED, AT LEAST 4 INJURED

A car bomb exploded today near a commuter train station during the morning rush hour, killing two men and injuring at least four others, authorities said.

The Basque Parliament condemned the bombing as a "new example of cowardice, cruelty and inhumanity" by the separatist group ETA and its supporters.

The ETA has frequently used car bombs during its quest for Basque independence.

The bomb, detonated by remote control, blew up the car at 8 a.m. about 200 yards from the train station as workers arrived by train for jobs in the industrial neighborhood, police said.

Among those injured were Ignacio "Inaki" Dubrueil Churruca, 40, a Socialist councilman from the nearby town of Ordizia, and his bodyguard, police said.

Media speculated that Dubrueil was the target of the blast.

The dead men were identified as Jose Angel Santos Larranaga, 40, and Josu Leonet Azkona, 31, employees of an electrical component and installation company.

North Korea smoldering over U.S. foreign policies

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea warned today that it might restart long-range missile tests in light of signs the new U.S. administration could take a tougher line with the communist nation.

North Korea also complained that the United States had not upheld its end of a 1994 agreement freezing the North's nuclear program and threatened to drop that accord.

The angry statement from the North's Foreign Ministry followed comments by senior Bush administration officials that they expected reciprocity from Pyongyang in dealings between the countries.

After test-firing a rocket that flew over Japan in 1998, North Korea agreed to suspend missile tests in September 1999 as long as talks continued with Washington on resolving concerns over Pyongyang's missile program. In turn, the United States eased some sanctions.

North Korea also said it was unhappy with the slow progress of the construction of two nuclear power plants under the 1994 agreement.

It also dismissed Washington's plans for a missile defense system to counter potential threats from the North, describing the policy as "nothing but a thief's logic."

20-year prison term sought for U.S. woman in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A prosecutor has formally asked for a 20-year sentence for Lori Berenson, setting the stakes for the New York woman accused of collaborating with rebels.

Prosecutor Walter Julian Vivas filed his request earlier this week, a spokesman from the prosecutor's office said Wednesday. The 20-year sentence recommendation -- the minimum for collaboration -- was widely expected. The former Massachusetts Institute of Technology student was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 by a military court on charges of helping the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement plan a thwarted takeover of Peru's congress. Under pressure from the United States, Peru's top military court granted her a new trial by a civilian court.

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