Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Washington Sniper Is Found Guilty by Second Murder Jury; World at a Glance

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Washington Sniper Is Found Guilty by Second Murder Jury; World at a Glance

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THE man who brought terror to Washington DC with a string of "sniper" shootings faces a second death sentence after a fresh conviction over the killing spree.

John Allen Muhammad, 45, was found guilty by a jury in Maryland of committing six murders with a .223 calibre rifle from the back of his car, which he had converted into a killing machine. He is already facing lethal injection after being convicted in Virginia of another murder in the series of 10 deaths perpetrated almost four years ago. Alabama and Louisiana are still considering putting him on trial. He and his teenage protege, Lee Boyd Malvo, now 21, have also been linked to shootings in Maryland, Arizona, Georgia and Washington. They were said to have planned to bring terror to the whole of the United States.

Bolivia leader: US tried to kill me .

BOLIVIA'S Leftist president is accusing the US government of trying to orchestrate his assassination.

Evo Morales also said he believed Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's claim that Washington was preparing to overthrow the Bolivian administration.

"I've been informed recently how the US had organised teams, groups to persecute Evo Morales, to kill Evo Morales; they haven't been able to and now... they can't stop us any more," Mr Morales said. He did not elaborate.

The US embassy in La Paz called the charge "baseless". "We're supporting democracy in Bolivia in a consistent manner," a spokesman said. Last week American president George Bush said he was "concerned about the erosion of democracy" in Bolivia and Venezuela.

Picture of the day .

CHINESE usherettes take a break today during a festival in Beijing. The Dragon Boat Festival commemorates the attempted rescue of the celebrated poet Chu Yuan, who is believed to have drowned in 278BC in Hubei province.

Quake survivors get measles jabs . …

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