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Naval clash erupts between two Koreas
SEOUL Five South Korean troops were injured in a clash between South Korean and North Korean navy vessels off the western coast today, a spokesman of the Defense Ministry said.
"One of our frigates caught fire in the cabin and five soldiers were injured," spokesman Hwang Eui-don said.
He indicated that the North's vessel, too, caught fire.
"The North Korean patrol boat, trailing plumes of smoke, was towed back to the North."

Philippine army seizes four rebel camps
MANILA Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said yesterday the military had seized four camps of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group, linked by Washington to the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden.
"We are now having a major battle in Patikul, right in the camp where the Abu Sayyaf was born way back in 1995," Mrs. Arroyo said in a television broadcast. Patikul is in the interior of Jolo island, an Abu Sayyaf stronghold 600 miles south of Manila.
The military said the camps were abandoned by the guerrillas, who say they are fighting for a Muslim homeland in the Catholic nation but concentrate on kidnappings for ransom.
Military officials said there were no reports of casualties yesterday.

Anthrax burial sites swept away in flooding
MOSCOW Flooding in southern Russia which left 82 persons dead over the past week has also destroyed 12 facilities where cattle infected with anthrax were buried, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said yesterday.
President Vladimir Putin headed to the region upon returning to Moscow from a Group of Eight summit in Canada, Interfax news agency reported.
Six of the anthrax burial sites were located in the republic of Ingushetia, with the others in the republic of Adygea and in the Krasnodar territory, the ministry said.

Helicopters rescue 48 more in Antarctica
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Helicopters rescued 48 persons yesterday from a ship trapped in ice near Antarctica, but rescue officials feared a coming storm could delay efforts to remove 38 still stranded on the ship.
The two helicopters arrived aboard the South African ship Agulhas, which left Cape Town 12 days ago to rescue the 79 Russian scientists and 28 crew members aboard the Magdalena Oldendorff, which has been stuck for two weeks in temperatures down to minus 20.

U.S. ambassador accused in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia Bolivia's National Electoral Court has accused Manuel Rocha, the U.S. ambassador to La Paz, of violating the Bolivian constitution, charging that he interfered in the country's upcoming elections by accusing a candidate of being tied to drug trafficking.
In a letter addressed to the foreign ministry on Thursday and published by local media yesterday, the judges also asked diplomats to intervene with their U.S. counterparts to ensure that "this does not happen again."

Powerful earthquake hits Russia-China border
STRASBOURG, France An earthquake measuring 7.2 points on the Richter scale rocked an area along the border between Russia and China at 17:18 GMT yesterday, seismologists at the Earth Sciences Observatory in the French city of Strasbourg said.
The epicenter of the quake was in a region that covers northwest China and southeast Russia, the observatory said, based on information supplied by National Earthquake Information Center in the United States.


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