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Yemen pursues al Qaeda fighters
SAN'A, Yemen Yemeni special forces used tanks and artillery yesterday in remote parts of central Yemen, trying to flush out five suspected supporters of Osama bin Laden, according to tribal elders and sources familiar with the details of the operation.
Security officials in Marib province, 100 miles east of the capital, San'a, confirmed special forces were in the Adida region of the province pursuing several men wanted by the government.

Strong quake stirs ocean off Japan
TOKYO Parts of Okinawa and Taiwan were shaken by an underwater earthquake that caused small ocean waves yesterday but no damage or injuries.
The tremor was centered off the coast of Taiwan and several small islands in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost state, meteorological officials in Tokyo said. They estimated its magnitude at 7.3, but officials in Taiwan put its strength at 6.7.

Sinn Fein leader opens memorial in Cuba
HAVANA In between meetings with Cuba's communist President Fidel Castro, Northern Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams yesterday opened a memorial in a Havana park honoring 10 republicans who died in a 1981 hunger strike.
Mr. Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the political ally of the Irish Republican Army, placed a wreath at a plaque honoring Bobby Sands and nine others who starved themselves to death in a protest at the Maze prison.

Russia reports spying by Iraq, North Korea
MOSCOW Some of the countries Moscow has avidly courted, including Iran, Iraq and North Korea, have conducted spy operations in Russia or tried to start them up in the past year, the head of the KGB's main successor agency said yesterday.
But Nikolai Patrushev, director of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, made no mention of U.S. spy activity during a meeting with editors.
According to news reports, 10 foreigners were caught in the act of spying in Russia this year.

Chavez's popularity takes a plunge
CARACAS, Venezuela An opinion poll published yesterday showed the popularity of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is plunging.
Private polling company Datanalisis said overall support for the outspoken president had fallen 20 percentage points since July to stand at just 35.5 percent in early December.

Czechs want U.S. radio moved
PRAGUE The Czech government may ask a U.S.-backed radio station that beams news to countries across Central Asia and the Middle East to move out of Prague's city center to a safer location, Prime Minister Milos Zeman said yesterday.
The Czechs fear the glass-plated downtown headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty may become a target of a bomb attack. Last month, the chief of the Czech secret service BIS said the station "was at the center of interest of the Iraqi intelligence services."

Havel hospitalized with pneumonia
PRAGUE Czech President Vaclav Havel has pneumonia, and his resistance to antibiotics was complicating efforts yesterday to treat him.
Mr. Havel, 65, has been in Prague's Military Hospital since Monday. It is the fourth time he has been hospitalized this year.

Tokyo tries traps, gas against crow menace
TOKYO Tokyo yesterday unleashed its most deadly measure to date to control the big, ornery crows that attack people, zoo animals and garbage bags.
City workers began setting 100 fenced-in traps throughout Tokyo, hoping to lure the birds in and then gas them with carbon dioxide. The city intends to kill as many as 7,000 crows by March.

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