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Powell denies reports of Saudi Arabia pullout
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell yesterday said the Bush administration has not discussed with Saudi Arabia the possibility of removing U.S. military forces from the kingdom.
And President Bush "believes that the current arrangements are working and working well," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.
At a news conference in Katmandu, Nepal, Mr. Powell was asked about a Washington Post report that Saudi Arabia's rulers may soon ask that the United States withdraw its military forces. Mr. Powell denied the report, saying he talks to Saudi officials every other day.

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of war
NEW YORK North Korea yesterday accused the United States of killing civilians during the Korean War and asked for a U.N. investigation because American forces fought under the U.N. flag.
Washington led U.N. forces that fought with South Korea against North Korean invaders, who were backed by China and the former Soviet Union in the 1950-53 war.
Historians say North Korean troops committed atrocities, summarily executing U.S. prisoners of war and slaughtering large numbers of South Korean civilians. U.S. officials have dismissed most of the North Korean claims as propaganda.
In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, North Korea's U.N. ambassador, Pak Gil Yon, urged the United Nations to "take measures to prevent the recurrence of such crimes against humanity."

Militants storm farms of white Zimbabweans
HARARE, Zimbabwe Ruling party militants rampaged through farming districts in northern Zimbabwe yesterday, in what the opposition said was an attempt to shut down the areas to its campaigners ahead of presidential elections.
Militants stormed white-owned farms, while members of the ruling party youth militia in green government-issue uniforms manned roadblocks to seal off districts to supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
Militants, who have invaded hundreds of white-owned farms since early 2000 with the tacit support of the government, have stepped up their efforts prior to March 9 elections in which President Robert Mugabe is seeking a new term.

Pakistan tells extremists to stay out of politics
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan In his drive to crack down on Islamic extremists and co-opt moderates, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf warned religious leaders yesterday not to meddle in foreign policy and to trust him to solve the Kashmir dispute.
Gen. Musharraf, seeking to end a military standoff with India over the Himalayan region, told the group of handpicked Islamic leaders that he would not abandon Kashmir's mainly Muslim people.
But his tone revealed frustration with Pakistan-based Islamic groups that have spawned extremist militant offspring fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, who are also blamed for bloody attacks in other parts of India.
Gen. Musharraf, a soldier-turned-president, said he would not abandon Kashmir's people, most of whom live under Indian rule, but wanted to isolate Islamic extremists advocating a "holy war" against Pakistan's giant neighbor.

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