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Police officer killed in bomb blast in Spain

A car bomb exploded outside a hotel in northeastern Spain on Saturday, killing a police officer and injuring another in the latest attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA.

The officers had rushed to the area to evacuate the Montecarlo hotel and surrounding buildings after a man claiming to speak on the ETA's behalf called a newspaper to warn of the bomb shortly before the blast, a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry said.

The 32-year-old officer, Santos Santamaria Avedano, died after being admitted to a nearby hospital. The other officer suffered slight injuries to the hand.

The attack took place in the coastal town of Roses in the Catalonia region, some 60 miles north of Barcelona.

The caller had said the device would go off at 11 p.m. local time, but it exploded seven minutes early, said Xavier Pomes, a regional Interior Ministry official.

Indian Internet company

says it's now a target

NEW DELHI, India _ An Internet media company that rocked the nation with its expose of official corruption on Saturday said it was being targeted by the government for making the bribery scandal public.

Tarun Tejpal, the editor-in-chief of Tehelka.com, said the prime minister's office was trying to discredit its investigation by planting stories in the media alleging the company was funded by Pakistan's spy agency and organized crime.

"We are being targeted," Tejpal said. "The slander campaign is coming from the PMO. We've also been told that it's probably coming from Brajesh Mishra's office."

Mishra is the National Security Adviser and the principal secretary to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The government has been in turmoil since Tuesday, when the news and entertainment Web site Tehelka.com released tapes showing political, military and defense ministry officials receiving money and discussing bribes with journalists posing as defense contractors.

Protests . . .

ITALIAN GLOBALIZATION FORUM: Thousands of protesters clashed with police who used tear gas and clubs to keep them from reaching a forum on information technology in Naples. Although the protest was called to denounce globalization, some of the demonstrators turned out to publicize other causes. TV reports said police used rubber bullets against protesters who were hurling cobblestones and metal bolts. Some 70 demonstrators and 50 officers suffered minor injuries.

SALE OF KOREAN AUTOMAKER: Demonstrators protesting government-backed layoffs threw stones and firebombs at riot police and burned an American flag on Saturday. Some 2,000 students, union members and laid-off workers held a march to condemn the government's goal of selling the bankrupt Daewoo Motor Co. to General Motors Corp.

Elsewhere . . .

BULGARIAN MOTHER CONFESSES: The mother of a 3-year-old whose slaying prompted demonstrations against street crime has confessed to killing the boy, Bulgaria's interior minister said Saturday. Daniela Terziiska, 30, confessed to strangling her son Peter and dumping his body in a Sofia park, claiming that he had been abducted while she was taking him to nursery school, Interior Minister Emanuil Yordanov said.

VATICAN RADIO SPAT: The Holy See on Saturday denounced as "unacceptable" a threat by Italy's environment minister to cut off electricity to Vatican Radio over alleged electromagnetic emissions violations. The declaration by Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls was the Holy See's strongest reaction yet to the battle being waged by Italian prosecutors who accuse Vatican Radio officials of violating Italy's very strict standards on electromagnetic emissions.

BANKER'S BODY STOLEN: The body of a famous Italian banker has been stolen from the family tomb in Meina, and investigators said Saturday they strongly suspected an extortion attempt. Enrico Cuccia, a pivotal figure in developing Italy's economy after World War II, died in June at age 92.

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