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Maoist rebels storm Nepalese army post

KATMANDU, Nepal Nepalese security forces inflicted heavy losses on about 500 Maoist guerrillas who stormed a remote army post in the country's western rebel heartland, the Defense Ministry said yesterday.

Security reinforcements had been sent to the site of the fighting at Damachour, 250 miles west of the capital, Katmandu.

State radio and Cabinet sources said at least 116 rebels including at least 80 of the rebels involved in the Sallyan raid and five soldiers were killed in clashes across the kingdom.


Moscow court opens trial of KGB general

MOSCOW A Moscow court yesterday opened the trial in absentia of Oleg Kalugin, an ex-KGB general now living in the United States, court officials said.

Gen. Kalugin, who ran KGB foreign counterintelligence from 1973 to 1980, has refused to return to Russia for the trial, describing it as a farce and an act of revenge by his former colleagues.

The trial is closed to the public and court officials said all information concerning the case is classified.

Gen. Kalugin reportedly faces charges of high treason for testifying against George Trofimoff, a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel who was one of the Soviet Union's top spies during the 1970s.


Food summit ends amid criticism, defense

ROME The U.N. food summit ended yesterday with organizers defending the event's relevance while advocacy groups said it failed to make headway in the fight against hunger.

Jacques Diouf, director-general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, said the summit had achieved concrete goals in accelerating efforts to feed the world's hungry.


Iceland sends police to stymie Falun Gong

REYKJAVIK, Iceland Iceland sent police officers to Boston and three European cities yesterday to help prevent Falun Gong members from flying here on its airline while China's president is visiting.

The Falun Gong movement is outlawed in China, and Iceland banned visits by the group's members from June 7 to June 18, in an effort to prevent what it said were fears of large demonstrations against Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Jiang arrived here Thursday.


China arrests farmer over interview

BEIJING Police have arrested a farmer on charges of slandering local officials after she was quoted in the New York Times complaining about rural lawlessness and corruption.

The May 29 New York Times article said Miss Li and others accused local officials of protecting criminal gangs, counterfeiting and covering up violent crimes.


Congo asks help to stop 'aggression'

THE HAGUE The Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday asked The Hague-based International Court of Justice to order Rwanda to stop its "war of aggression" against Congo.

Rwanda backs the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy, which in August 1998 began an uprising against the Kinshasa government and now holds about a third of the vast Central African country, including the third-largest city, Kisangani.


Sri Lanka accedes to key rebel demand

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have sealed a deal allowing the guerrillas to open political offices in northern islands in a sign of good faith before peace talks, a government official said yesterday.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, fighting for nearly 20 years for a separate Tamil homeland, can now enter all islands surrounding war-ravaged Jaffna Peninsula except one that has a strong military presence.


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