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Powell denies resignation reports

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell yesterday dismissed a published report that he might not last through President Bush's current term, saying he was not considering resigning.

The New York Times report followed a decision by the Bush administration to withhold $34 million that had been set aside for the U.N. agency that runs family planning programs.

"You all insist on writing this story every two weeks," Mr. Powell said yesterday about the stories speculating on his future and his relationship with more conservative advisers to the president.

Gibraltar plans to hold its own referendum

GIBRALTAR Gibraltar's elected chief minister, Peter Caruana, defied Britain's Labor government yesterday and said the colony on Spain's southern coast would hold its own referendum in October on its future sovereignty.

London and Madrid have both said they would not recognize such a vote, which would imperil their bilateral talks about sharing sovereignty and ending a 300-year-old conflict.

Milosevic said at risk of heart trouble

THE HAGUE Doctors have found Slobodan Milosevic is at grave risk of developing heart trouble and needs rest, U.N. war crimes judges said yesterday, ordering new health tests for the former Yugoslav president.

"The medical report showed the accused as a man with a severe cardiovascular risk," Judge Richard May told the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, referring to a medical check ordered in June on the former Serbian strongman. He is on trial for genocide and other crimes.

Rebels kill 42 in Uganda attack

KAMPALA, Uganda In their bloodiest attack in months, rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army hacked and beat at least 42 persons to death in a raid on a village in northern Uganda yesterday.

An army spokesman said the rebels attacked Okol village, about 220 miles north of the capital, Kampala, after midnight using machetes and clubs.

Led by Joseph Kony, the Lord's Resistance Army has terrorized civilians in northern Uganda since 1987, saying it wants to overthrow the Ugandan government and rule by the biblical Ten Commandments.

Nigerian women end protests at oil stations

LAGOS, Nigeria Village women chanted jubilantly yesterday after ending their weeklong occupation of ChevronTexaco oil pipeline stations in exchange for jobs, business loans, schools and hospitals.

Hundreds of women left the captured stations in southeastern Nigeria in canoes and on foot after protest leaders signed an agreement with company executives late Wednesday, both sides said.

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