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Six sentenced to die for terror attacks

AMMAN, Jordan A military court yesterday sentenced six Muslim militants to death by hanging for planning terror attacks against U.S. and Israeli targets in Jordan. All but four remain at large and were tried in absentia.

The three-man State Security Court acquitted six other men and handed down prison terms ranging from 7 and 1/2 years to life on the remaining 16 defendants.

The ruling absolved all 28 men, including 12 fugitives tried in absentia, of "affiliation with an illegal organization" al-Qaeda, reportedly led by Saudi militant Osama bin Laden.

Alzheimer's hits young people in Britain

LONDON The number of young and middle-aged people in Britain stricken with Alzheimer's disease has doubled in the past decade. The disease, formerly thought to afflict only the elderly, is now being found in people as young as 30 who are otherwise healthy.

The condition is particularly debilitating in younger people, leading to emotional isolation, absent-mindedness, aggression, inability to swallow, blindness and eventually death.

Previously, health authorities thought there were only a handful of young Alzheimer's cases. But research suggests there are now 17,000 people under the age of 65 with Alzheimer's in Britain.

China sees potential in ties with Cuba

HAVANA China sees "enormous potential" in its friendship with socialist ally Cuba and will work to further increase political and economic cooperation between them, Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said yesterday.

Mr. Tang made the comments at the end of a two-day visit to the Communist-ruled Caribbean island, during which he held talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro, Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Vice President Carlos Lage.

Mr. Tang said both countries should seize all opportunities to boost their relations, which have strengthened visibly since the collapse after 1990 of Cuba's trade and aid ties with its former Cold War ally, the defunct Soviet Union.

Junta leader says assassination bid foiled

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Loyalist soldiers drove back mutinous attackers who stormed the home of Ivory Coast's junta leader yesterday in an assassination attempt.

The predawn gunfire marked widening political and military divisions ahead of the Oct. 22 presidential elections and underscored fears of growing instability in this West African nation.

Two presidential bodyguards were killed in a two-hour gun battle, officials said. Four others were badly injured, they added, though it was not immediately clear if they were attackers or presidential guards.

Mold threatens terra cotta army

BEIJING China's famed 2,200-year-old army of terra cotta warriors is threatened by more than 40 types of mold, the state-run China Daily reported.

The mold has attacked 1,400 of the 8,000 life-sized statues of soldiers and horses excavated from the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang, outside the city of Xi'an, the newspaper said.

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum signed an agreement last week with Belgium-based Janssen Pharmaceutical NV to combat the mold, the report said. Under the three-year program, experts from Janssen will research the problem for a year and then provide 1,100 pounds of mold-killing chemicals.

Flooding kills scores in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia The death toll in Cambodia's worst flooding in seven decades has surpassed 100 and fears of food shortages have increased, the country's top relief official said yesterday.

Peou Samy, secretary-general of the National Committee for Disaster Relief, said 12 more persons were reported killed in recent days in the southeastern province of Kompong Cham, raising the nationwide death toll since July to 109. Most of the latest deaths were by drowning during evacuations.

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