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President Jose Ramos-Horta swore in a government headed by independence hero Xanana Gusmao on Wednesday following inconclusive polls in June.

Angry mobs torched buildings and went on the rampage in sporadic violence that began Monday with the announcement of Mr. Gusmao’s new government.

More than 70 people have been arrested.

VIETNAM

Thousands ‘facing hunger’ after floods

HANOI — Rescue officials and soldiers rushed food to central Vietnam yesterday, where floods have killed at least 43 persons and thousands need urgent aid, the government and state-run television said.

“Thousands of people are facing hunger and need food aid in the two provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh,” the Vietnam Television (VTV) station said in a news bulletin.

But VTV said rescue efforts are hampered by serious damage to roads, with many sections washed away, making it tough to deliver aid.

Floods killed three persons in the neighboring province of Quang Binh and affected 200,000, of whom at least 7,500 were evacuated to higher ground.

From wire dispatches and staff reports