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Italian plans mass human cloning
LONDON A controversial Italian embryologist is preparing to impregnate up to 200 women with cloned embryos in the world's first attempt to produce a human clone, the Sunday Times reported.
Professor Severino Antinori is set to tell the National Academy of Sciences at a conference in Washington on Thursday that he expects to start his cloning program in November, the paper said.
The move will reignite a debate about the ethics and safety of cloning as an infertility treatment.
Mr. Antinori, whose clinic in Rome enabled a 62-year-old woman to have a baby in 1994, said up to 200 couples from several countries, including eight from Britain, were being selected for the cloning project and would be treated free of charge, according to the Sunday Times.

FBI in Yemen for Cole probe
SAN'A, Yemen — Six FBI investigators arrived in Yemen to resume an investigation into the suicide bombing of the warship USS Cole last year that killed 17 sailors, a U.S. diplomat said yesterday.
In June, U.S. Navy and FBI investigators were withdrawn from Yemen to an unspecified neighboring country because of what a U.S. official described then as a credible security threat.

Philippine military rescues 13 hostages
MANILA Philippine soldiers rescued 13 hostages including three children early today after a clash with a Muslim separatist group that has beheaded 10 other captives in the past few days, officials said.
The 13 were among a group of 36 persons seized Thursday in a raid by the group Abu Sayyaf on a village on the southern island of Basilan. The Abu Sayyaf is also holding a separate group of 20 hostages, including three Americans, on another part of Basilan, a guerrilla stronghold nearly 600 miles south of the capital of Manila.
Of the group seized Thursday from the southern village of Balobo, 10 were found beheaded, said army spokesman Maj. Alberto Gepilano.
Beheading has become a hallmark of the Abu Sayyaf, whose members claim they are fighting for an independent Muslim state to be carved out of the southern Philippines a mostly Muslim region of this predominantly Roman Catholic nation. The Philippine government calls Abu Sayyaf bandits who are out to profit from kidnapping.
Most, or all, of those kidnapped and beheaded were Christian.
It was not clear today whether any of the original 36 were still being held; at least 34 had been accounted for.
Maj. Gepilano said the rescued hostages were abandoned by the Abu Sayyaf early today when the army stormed a temporary guerrilla camp in Basilan's mountainous Kapayawan region. He said there were no immediate reports of casualties in the fighting.

Taliban arrests foreign aid workers
KABUL, Afghanistan — Two foreign aid workers were arrested after illegally visiting the home of an Afghan resident, witnesses said yesterday.
Four security officers from the hard-line Taliban militia on Friday arrested two women workers for Shelter Now, which provides food, tents and blankets to impoverished Afghans.

Muslims massacre Hindus in Kashmir
JAMMU, India — Suspected separatist Muslim guerrillas are believed to have killed 17 Hindu villagers yesterday in India's troubled Jammu and Kashmir state. From Pakistan, however, two Kashmiri militant groups condemned the killings and accused Indian security forces of themselves being behind the incident.

Global balloonist prepares to lift off
NORTHAM, Australia — U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett today began inflating his balloon in the Australian desert in a bid for another attempt to become the first to fly solo around the world.
The former stockbroker's fourth try ended in 1998 when a thunderstorm off Australia's northeastern coast shredded the balloon's canopy and sent him plummeting into the Coral Sea. He was unhurt.

Malaysian opposition cries foul on arrests
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police have arrested 10 men accused of belonging to an Afghanistan-trained Islamic militant group linked to unsolved bombings, robberies and the murder of a politician.
The government said extremists within the main opposition Parti Islam se-Malaysia had influenced the militant group, but party officials said they had nothing to do with the militants.

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