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Britain issues alert on computer worm

LONDON Britain warned computer users yesterday to beware of a new and potentially more dangerous variant of the Code Red computer worm, which infected hundreds of thousands of machines worldwide last week.

The new virus exploits the same vulnerability that allowed earlier worms to infect servers, but it also installs a so-called "Trojan Horse" on infected systems, giving full remote control to computer hackers, officials said.

"Computer users may notice some localized disruption on the Internet, the precise scale of which is hard to predict," Britain's interior ministry said. "Depending on how the 'Trojan' is exploited, far more serious disruption is possible. It could be used to attack the Internet infrastructure or to target specific sites."

Philippine soldiers free 13 hostages

MANILA Soldiers rescued 13 hostages early yesterday from a Muslim separatist group that has beheaded 10 captives in a three-day spree of bloodshed and abduction.

Army spokesman Maj. Alberto Gepilano said the 13 were among a group of 36 persons seized Thursday by the group, Abu Sayyaf. The group is also holding another 20 hostages, including three Americans, at a separate location.

Of those seized Thursday, 10 were found beheaded, an army spokesman said. The rescued hostages were brought to a military camp for a tearful reunion with relatives.

ANC accuses U.S. of dictating on race

JOHANNESBURG South Africa's ruling party condemned yesterday what it called an attempt by the United States to dictate the agenda for a coming U.N. conference against racism.

The United States has threatened to boycott the World Conference on Racism that begins Aug. 31 if condemnation of Israel or Zionism is included in a conference declaration. Washington also objects to calls for countries that benefited from slavery to pay reparations.

"If more want the issue on the agenda, then it should be on," said Smuts Ngonyama, spokesman for the ruling African National Congress. "We don't want a world where a player can completely dictate to others."

Outlawed party meets in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria An outlawed ultranationalist party advocating a greater Syria held its first public meeting in nearly five decades yesterday, urging members to confront a "Zionist scheme."

The Syrian Social Nationalist Party, founded in Beirut in 1932, advocates a Syria that encompasses Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq and even Kuwait and Cyprus. It was banned in 1955 after authorities linked it with the assassination of Adnan Malki, Syria's assistant army chief of staff.

At yesterday's meeting, party leader Jubran Arbaji said party members "should participate in confronting the Zionist scheme."

Flooding worsens in eastern India

PATNA, India Air force helicopters dropped thousands of packets of food and relief supplies to people stranded by floodwaters that inundated new areas in the eastern state of Bihar yesterday. Officials said the flooding has affected 700,000 people.

Four rain-swollen rivers have washed away thousands of mud and thatch houses and inundated fields, forcing people to seek refuge on higher ground. Newspapers reported that six persons have died in the flooding.

Pharaonic tablet returned to Egypt

CAIRO Nearly six decades after it was smuggled out of the country, Egyptian officials brought home a Pharaonic limestone tablet that had been on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum presented it to the Egyptian Embassy in New York in April.

The tablet portrays the wife of King Seti I breast-feeding her newborn child. Engraved under the carved drawing is the word "milk" and the name of Seti I, the 19th dynasty Pharaoh, in hieroglyphic, the ancient Egyptian language.

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