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Kursk wreck enters dry dock
MOSCOW The wreck of the Kursk nuclear submarine entered a dry dock in the northern Russian port of Roslyakovo yesterday despite high winds that could hinder the operation, officials said.
The Russian Northern Fleet headquarters said it would take another day to complete the docking operation. Divers will inspect the attachments that hold the submarine to a barge. Then those grips will be removed, leaving the Kursk resting on blocks.

Philippines troops kill 16 Muslim rebels
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines Muslim guerrillas and government troops clashed in the Philippines' southern Sulu province yesterday, the military said. Sixteen rebels and one soldier were killed.
Lt. Gen. Roy Cimatu, who heads the Philippines' Southern Command, said the fighting began around dawn when soldiers chanced upon about 100 Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in the Talipao area of Sulu's Jojo island.

Yemen blocks port to Islamic extremists
SAN'A, Yemen Yemeni authorities partially shut down the busy port of Aden yesterday to prevent Islamic extremists from heading for Afghanistan to fight against U.S.-led attacks, a security official said.
Yemen's coast guard blocked fishing boats and other commercial vessels from sailing west toward the Red Sea, the official said on the condition of anonymity.

Ex-Yugoslav general surrenders to tribunal
THE HAGUE Flying to the Netherlands in a private jet, a former Yugoslav army general charged with murder and plunder in the Croatian port town of Dubrovnik surrendered yesterday to the U.N. war crimes tribunal.
Retired Gen. Pavle Strugar, 68, and three former Yugoslav officers still at large are accused of leading the 1991 siege that destroyed nearly 70 percent of the 17th-century town.
The bombardment began after Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia, setting off a decade of wars in the Balkans.

North Korea on alert about new U.S. jets
SEOUL North Korea said yesterday it needs to bolster its military to counter a U.S. plan to deploy more fighter jets to South Korea.
The U.S. military said early this month that it will deploy an additional unspecified number of fighter jets in the South to fill in for a U.S. aircraft carrier that left the region to support Washington's anti-terrorism campaign.

Latin America asks environmental cash
BRASILIA, Brazil Latin America, home to one of the world's richest ecosystems, plans to cement a united front at an environmental summit starting this week to pressure wealthy nations to give more cash to save the planet.
Latin American and Caribbean officials will attend the summit, which runs until Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, to persuade the industrialized world to spend 0.7 percent of its gross domestic product on sustainable development in the developing world a pledge made nine years ago.

Colombian groups kill at least 30
BOGOTA, Colombia A wave of bombings and massacres by guerrillas and paramilitary militias in Colombia over the weekend killed at least 30 persons, including five children, authorities said yesterday.
In northwestern Colombia, a bomb hidden inside a hot dog cart ripped through an apartment building where several police families lived, killing five persons including a 9-month-old boy, said police. Two persons were injured in the blast.

Congo withdraws from political talks
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Crucial talks on the political future of war-divided Congo ended yesterday after the government of the central African nation withdrew its representatives.
The former Botswanan president, who has taken on the tortuous task of shepherding the negotiations, said the talks would continue in South Africa. He didn't say when.
The negotiations aim to produce a power-sharing plan to end a civil war that has claimed 2.5 million lives mostly civilian victims of war-related hunger and disease and that has drawn armies from six other African nations into Congo.

18,000 U.S. troops train in Egypt
EL-ALAMEIN, Egypt No less than 18,000 U.S. servicemen, some of them from the Navy and the Special Forces, are taking part in Operation Bright Star training maneuvers, which involve some 65,000 troops, including 40,000 Egyptians until Nov. 1.
Two armies face each other in the Bright Star war games. The first comes from the imaginary "Orange state" which has invaded an oil- and water-rich region in the desert near El-Alamein and consists of 10,000 Egyptian infantry and U.S. Navy servicemen.
The second army, from the imaginary "Green country" or "allies," counts among its ranks mainly U.S., Italian and French troops and is launching a counterattack to take back its positions.

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