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Thatcher ally leads in Tory race
LONDON — Hard-liner Iain Duncan Smith is set to win the British Conservative Party leadership election by a margin of 3-1, according to a poll published yesterday.
Mr. Duncan Smith, the party's defense spokesman and a favorite of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, won the backing of 76 percent of party members surveyed in a poll conducted for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.
Only 24 percent said they would vote for his rival, former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, according to the poll.

Timor's Gusmao agrees to run
DILI, East Timor — Freedom fighter Jose Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao, a potent symbol of East Timor's resistance during decades of Indonesian rule, ended months of speculation yesterday by declaring he will run for the new nation's presidency next year.
Until now, Mr. Gusmao, 55, had often said he has no ambition to become East Timor's first head of state when it gains full independence. He claimed he would rather be a farmer or a photographer.

Quiet start to Fiji vote
UVA, Fiji — Indigenous Fijians and ethnic Indians stood in separate lines at many polling booths yesterday on the first day of the weeklong elections aimed at restoring democracy to this racially divided nation.
Voting went smoothly in the elections called to replace the South Pacific nation's first ethnic Indian-led government, ousted 15 months ago in a nationalist coup.
Election results are expected in early September.

Congo peace talks get under way
GABORONE, Botswana — The first round of peace talks between rebels waging war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and President Joseph Kabila's government ended yesterday with pledges to give new life to a moribund peace accord.
A communique signed by the rebels, government, political parties and civic leaders from all corners of the vast country calls for the withdrawal of all five foreign armies in the Congo.
The proposed pull-out by soldiers from Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia supporting Mr. Kabila and the rebels' Rwandan and Ugandan allies dominated the weeklong meeting and was hailed as a breakthrough.

China pleased with weapons talks
BEIJING — The Chinese government characterized a discussion on missile proliferation between weapons experts from the United States and China as "beneficial and constructive," official media reported yesterday.
The ruling party's People's Daily newspaper, quoting Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao, said the experts talked about anti-proliferation and cooperation in space launches and made "necessary clarification" on matters of concern.
U.S. officials weren't as happy with the results of last week's talks.

Passengers hail emergency landing
LISBON — Passengers from a Canadian charter airliner, forced to make an emergency landing without engines, called the landing a miracle after they finally arrived in Lisbon yesterday, television reported.
Arriving at their final destination on an early-morning flight from the remote Azores islands, passengers were greeted by relieved friends and relatives at Lisbon's airport.
The Airbus, with 304 passengers and crew aboard, glided into Lajes airport in the Azores — about 900 miles west of Portugal — without engine power.

Mini-panda boom reported in China
BEIJING — A giant panda named "Number 20" gave birth to twin cubs yesterday in southwestern China, the second pair born in the country in the past week.
The 11-year-old mother was artificially inseminated in the Giant Panda Protection Research Center of Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province. Thirteen giant pandas have become pregnant this year in Sichuan Province alone, and three have given birth to twins.

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