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Eight held over Sinai tourist bombings.

A french teenager was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a jilted boyfriend she met after accidentally sending a text message to his mobile phone. The man, Bruno Noye, 43, turned a sawn-off shotgun on himself after shooting the girl, identified only as Aurelie,16, at close range, said prosecutor Jean-Luc Beck. Noye died of his wounds at a hospital.

Noye is believed to have raped a 19-year-old woman who worked in a bakery in Dieppe on Friday night, before setting out on his deadly mission to the west coast village of Jard-sur-Mer.

Aurelie met Noye over the summer after mistakenly sending him a text message intended for a friend. He replied, and the two exchanged several messages before meeting.

EIGHT Egyptians have been arrested and accused of plotting the nearly simultaneous car bombings of a hotel and tourist camp in the Sinai that killed at least 34 people earlier this month.

The Interior Ministry also said the attacks' mastermind, identified as Palestinian Ayad Said Salah, died in the October 7 explosion at the hotel along with fellow plotter Egyptian Suleiman Ahmed Saleh Flayfil.

The statement said the two had been trying to leave the scene but their timed explosives went off prematurely.

The Taba Hilton was heavily damaged in the worst of the three near-simultaneous blasts.

One of those arrested, was the brother of the Egyptian killed carrying out the hotel bombing, the ministry said.

TURKMENISTAN'S highest legislative body yesterday rejected President Saparmurat Niyazov's proposal to hold presidential elections in 2009 and asked him to stay in office for life.

The People's Council - an assembly of more than 2,000 top officials and elders hand-picked by Niyazov to legitimise his most crucial decisions - has not made a final decision, but the request is a strong indication that the autocratic leader could remain in power until he dies.

'You are given to us by God and therefore any talk about presidential elections should be stopped,' said Murad Berdysopyyev, a member of the presidium of the People's Council. Niyazov had earlier proposed to hold the next presidential elections in 2009.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 26, 2004
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