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Opposition leader hurt in Zimbabwe attack
HARARE, Zimbabwe A mob of about 70 people hurled stones at a car carrying the leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party as he traveled to a party meeting, leaving him with bruises, his supporters said yesterday.
The attack on Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change, took place Friday about 55 miles southwest of Harare, the capital, party spokesman Learnmore Jongwe said.
Mr. Jongwe accused agents of President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front of orchestrating the violence to stop Mr. Tsvangirai from campaigning for elections next year. Ruling party officials could not be reached for comment.

U.S. commerce official arrives in Russia
MOSCOW Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans arrived in Russia yesterday for meetings with Kremlin leaders aimed at promoting cooperation between Russian and U.S. businessmen and their governments.
The secretary is accompanied by executives from 14 companies, including such corporate mainstays as Boeing Co., Pratt & Whitney and Conoco, as well as smaller companies that could be interested in pursuing contracts in Russia.
The official part of the visit starts tomorrow with a seminar on prospects for U.S. business in Russia. Later that day, he is due to confer with Russian Trade and Economic Development Minister German Gref.

Fighting in Somalia leaves 15 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia Fighting between government troops and militiamen loyal to a Mogadishu faction leader has left at least 15 persons dead and more than 20 injured in two days, hospital officials said yesterday.
Dozens of families fled their homes when fighters used mortars and anti-aircraft guns in clashes that spread from the government's military training camp to residential areas, residents said.
Fighting began Friday when militia loyal to Muse Sude Yalahow attacked a military training camp and looted assault rifles, said Dahir Dayah, interior minister of the transitional government.

Clashes in Colombia kill 20 fighters
BOGOTA, Colombia Scattered clashes between rebels, government troops, and paramilitaries have killed 20 combatants in Colombia, the army said yesterday.
Fighting was continuing outside the township of Anori in Antioquia province, 185 miles north of the capital, Bogota, where soldiers killed three fighters from the leftist National Liberation Army, or ELN, during early morning skirmishes.
Authorities blame the paramilitary army known as the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC for slaying 53 persons in the past week including a congressman and 24 unarmed peasants.

Two are beheaded in southern Philippines
MANILA A Muslim extremist group with links to Osama bin Laden kidnapped four coconut farmers on a southern island yesterday and beheaded two of them when they tried to escape, police said.
Bensali Jabarani, police chief of the island province of Basilan, said the Abu Sayyaf rebels took the four while they were gathering coconuts from a local plantation. He said the guerrillas beheaded two men when they tried to flee and that the two others escaped to a local police station.
The Abu Sayyaf still hold two Americans and at least 14 Filipinos, and is accused of the grisly murder of a Californian tourist.

OPEC special meeting is ruled out
ALGIERS OPEC President Chakib Khelil yesterday ruled out an extraordinary meeting of the oil producers' group to decide whether to cut oil production, the Algerian news agency APS reported.
Mr. Khelil was quoted as saying that consultations among OPEC members and with non-OPEC producers were continuing to try to stabilize oil prices at around $25 a barrel.

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