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Peruvians want delay in presidential vote

LIMA, Peru Hundreds of protesters attacked Peru's election headquarters Thursday, breaking windows with rocks and sledgehammers and burning tires at the front door, to demand postponement of the presidential runoff.
President Alberto Fujimori is pushing ahead with Sunday's vote despite threats of international isolation, violent protests and a foe who refuses to take part. Challenger Alejandro Toledo again demanded a delay so international monitors can guarantee a fair election.
If the voting takes places, "Alberto Fujimori's government will be illegitimate, a source of permanent instability, and I don't think it can last more than six to 12 months," Mr. Toledo said Thursday prior to a huge rally in the northern fishing port of Chimbote.

Taiwan hits China ban of pop star's ads

TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwan's new president expressed regret Thursday that China has banned advertisements featuring a pop star who sang the national anthem at his inauguration last weekend.
China's decision to pull Taiwanese singer Chang Huei-mei's Sprite soft drink ads from billboards, newspapers and TV broadcasts was "incomprehensible," President Chen Shui-bian said.
"That a citizen of the Republic of China singing the anthem in her own country should receive such a reaction is regrettable," Mr. Chen said, referring to Taiwan by its official name.

Pope again rejects gay 'marriages'

VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's teaching against gay unions Thursday, saying that only a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman could form the basis of a family.
"Attempts to define the family as something other than a solemnized lifelong union of man and woman which looks to the birth and nurture of children are bound to prove destructive," the pope said.
The 80-year-old leader of the world's 1 billion Catholics also reaffirmed the church's stand against abortion and euthanasia, saying the assumption that both were rights that should be protected by law was a contradiction of human dignity.

U.S. troop presence in Korea protested

SEOUL Autoworkers and militant students joined forces Thursday to protest the presence of U.S. troops in South Korea and a possible takeover of ailing Daewoo Motor Co. by a U.S. car maker.
"Withdraw American troops," some 250 students chanted, while about 150 workers of Daewoo Motor carried a banner that read: "GM Ford No! We oppose U.S. invasion in Korean auto market."
The protesters held the rally in central Seoul and tried to march on to the U.S. Embassy several hundred yards away, but they were blocked by thousands of police.
The students demanded that Washington withdraw its 37,000 troops in South Korea and close a U.S. Air Force bombing range on the west coast.

Tigers ask surrender of Sri Lankan force

NEW DELHI Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels set Friday as a deadline for an estimated 40,000 government troops defending the northern Jaffna Peninsula to surrender or face a "bloodbath."
The Voice of Tigers radio, monitored in Sri Lanka's northern city of Vavuniya, said Thursday that the rebels were poised for the final assault on Jaffna city and wanted to give government troops a last chance to surrender.
Soldiers who lay down their arms will be handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the radio broadcast said, according to residents reached in Vavuniya.

Fijian leaders back ouster of government

SUVA, Fiji Seeking to resolve a weeklong hostage crisis, Fiji's powerful tribal chiefs Thursday endorsed a plan to replace the country's Indian-led government with a caretaker administration charged with improving the lot of indigenous Fijians.
But the rebel gang that is holding members of the elected government captive rejected the plan, along with the chiefs' demand for the hostages' immediate release.
The chiefs backed a proposal by Fijian President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara to replace the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, Great Council of Chiefs' Chairman Sitiveni Rabuka told a news conference. Based on wire dispatches and staff reports.

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