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Sudan suspected in Mubarak attack

A day after gunmen tried to kill him, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looked toward his southern neighbor Tuesday, insinuating that Sudan may have had a hand in the attack.

Egyptian television said that several Sudanese officials had been in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital where the assassination attempt was made, for 10 days before Mubarak's arrival, and that one of the gunmen killed by security forces was Sudanese.

Although the report could not be confirmed, Egyptian officials cited the possibility of Sudanese involvement to buttress their claim that an "international conspiracy" of Islamic militants was behind Monday's attack, as well as much of the extremist violence that has plagued Egypt since 1991.

Mubarak spent Tuesday morning regaling politicians with his account of the attack and greeting bus loads of supporters, who chanted, among other things, "Mubarak, president for 1,000 years!"

Qatar prince takes power from father

DOHA, Qatar _ The crown prince of this small but oil-rich Persian Gulf state seized power Tuesday from his father, who was vacationing in Switzerland.

The dethroning was largely a formality, since Prince Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, 45, already effectively runs the country.

Even so, the deposed emir, Sheik Khalifa Bin Hamad al-Thani, 65, who himself grabbed power from a cousin 23 years ago, called the coup unacceptable. He said he would return to his country "whatever the cost."

State-run media proclaimed the peaceful takeover and referred to the son, a longtime defense minister, as "the new emir."

Prince Hamad said the ouster was required by "difficult circumstances." He did not elaborate.

Elsewhere . . .

THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ The U.N. criminal tribunal for Rwanda was inaugurated Tuesday with an appeal to the world to help it bring to justice those responsible for the genocidal killing of as many as 1-million Rwandans.

WASHINGTON _ The army chiefs of Israel and Syria opened talks Tuesday in a push to conclude an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights within a year.

OTTAWA _ Canada Post Corporation has announced a two-cent increase in postage effective Aug. 1. Mailing letters within Canada will cost 45 cents (33 U.S. cents), postage for mail to the United States goes to 52 cents, and the rate for other foreign countries rises to 90 cents.

SEOUL, South Korea _ In the first local elections in 35 years, voters appeared to be handing a stinging defeat to the ruling Democratic Liberal Party. Partial returns indicated that the party was winning in only five of 15 major races _ and had lost the critical post of Seoul mayor.

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