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Pro-Chechen rebels seize Istanbul hotel
ISTANBUL — Pro-Chechen rebels armed with automatic rifles and shotguns stormed a hotel in central Istanbul yesterday and seized hostages, the Anatolia news agency reported.
It was not clear if anyone was injured or how many hostages were taken. The rebels apparently were demanding to speak with Turkish Interior Minister Saadettin Tantan, Anatolia said.
Hundreds of police surrounded the Swissotel in central Istanbul early today. At least six ambulances were outside the hotel, which overlooks the Bosporus. STV television broadcast footage of police crouching behind cars, slowly approaching the hotel.

Bad weather delays Antarctic rescue
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — A mission to rescue four seriously ill Americans working on the Antarctic was delayed today for 24 hours because of bad weather on the ice near McMurdo Sound.
"The Hercules will now take off at 6 a.m. tomorrow unless the weather enforces a longer delay to take off," Royal New Zealand Air Force spokeswoman Vivienne Allan said.
The medical conditions of the four were being kept confidential at their request. One reportedly has a heart condition and the others have unrelated sicknesses rather than injuries.

Explosions rock city; police blame mortar fire
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Two strong explosions rocked the Ethiopian capital late yesterday. Police blamed the blasts on artillery fired in error.
"There was no loss of life and no material damage," state-run radio said.
The incident came at the end of a week in which 38 persons died in Addis Ababa in clashes pitting security forces against thousands of youths, including many schoolchildren demonstrating in solidarity with striking university students.

Yemen wants debt rescheduled
SAN'A, Yemen — Yemen will try to convince Russia to agree to reschedule $1.2 billion in debt it owes to Moscow, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Abdullah Kurbi said yesterday.
"The debt question will be one of the issues raised by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh this May in Moscow," Mr. Kurbi said shortly before leaving for the Russian capital for talks ahead of Mr. Salehs visit.
The foreign minister said Russia already had erased 80 percent of the $6 billion Yemen owes to the Paris Club of creditor nations.

Gadhafi seeks expulsion of whites from Africa
TUNIS, Tunisia — Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged Africans yesterday to drive white people out of the continent and make them pay compensation for their exploitation of it.
"The white colonialists have no place in Africa and their presence is unlawful," said Mr. Gadhafi, addressing a gathering of female African activists in Tripoli.
Mr. Gadhafi, whose remarks were reported by the official Libyan news agency Jana monitored in Tunis, also urged Africans to rid themselves of the white mans cultural legacy, including language.

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