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Iceland holds, questions visitors during Jiang visit

REYKJAVIK, Iceland Twenty-five persons, some of them Americans, were detained on their arrival in Iceland yesterday and questioned about the Falun Gong movement.

Iceland is trying to prevent Falun Gong practitioners from disrupting a four-day visit this week by Chinese President Jiang Zemin.

Iceland says it does not have enough police to deal with a very large demonstration.

Oskar Thormundsson, chief superintendent of police at Keflavik airport in southwest Iceland, said the 25 arrived on two flights early yesterday morning from Boston and New York. Besides Americans, they include Canadians, Chinese and Australians.

11 on bus slain south of Algiers

ALGIERS An Islamist group machine-gunned a bus, killing 11 passengers and wounding 10 late yesterday at Medea, 50 miles south of Algiers, residents of the town said.

Reached by phone from Algiers, they said the bus came under attack from Islamists in Takbou, a suburb of Medea.

Elements of the feared Armed Islamic Group operate in the region.

Since the start of the month more than 30 people have died in violence in Algeria, according to official tolls and press reports.

Nine more N. Koreans seek asylum in Beijing

BEIJING Nine North Koreans, including a family of four, managed to get into the South Korean Embassy in Beijing yesterday, even though security had been tightened to prevent such asylum bids.

South Korea said there are now 17 North Korean asylum seekers in its embassy.

The asylum seekers are among several dozen North Koreans who have managed recently to slip into U.S. and other foreign diplomatic missions in China.

Rival presidents mull Madagascar peace plan

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana, who was sworn in last month as the country's president, said yesterday he was considering a plan to end his country's power struggle.

Mr. Ravalomanana held face-to-face discussions Sunday with his rival, Didier Ratsiraka.

Both men claim to be president, and they now control different parts of the vast Island in the Indian Ocean.

The talks took place in Dakar, Senegal, where five African leaders were involved in trying to broker a deal to end the struggle.

More prisoners at Guantanamo

U.S. NAVAL BASE, Guantanamo Bay The U.S. military flew two more planeloads of al Qaeda and Taliban captives from Afghanistan to the U.S. naval base in Cuba in recent days, bringing the prisoner population to 434, a U.S. official said yesterday.

Amid tight security, military aircraft delivered 25 prisoners Saturday and 25 more Monday, said Marine Maj. James Bell, a spokesman for the task force running the prison operation at the remote base in southeastern Cuba.

The prisoners were given medical screenings and showers.

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