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Nationalist riot flares in Belfast
BELFAST Catholic nationalists rioted and clashed with police following a controversial pro-British Protestant march yesterday in Belfast, hit by its worst violence for years in recent weeks.
Police used water cannon against about 300 nationalists who pelted them with stones, bottles, paint bombs and fireworks.
The disturbance on the Springfield Road, near a flash-point junction with a Protestant housing estate, lasted about an hour. It had flared after an Orange Order parade crossed the edge of the nationalist neighborhood.

France holds crew of ship with cocaine
RENNES, France France is holding 11 crewmen of a suspected cocaine smuggling ship seized by the French navy in a dramatic high seas raid, judicial sources said yesterday.
The Cambodian-flagged freighter, returning from Cuba, was captured in the Atlantic two weeks ago while carrying up to 2 tons of cocaine to Europe.
The crew dumped crates of cocaine into the sea and tried to ram a French naval vessel. A Spanish crew member was injured in the clash and evacuated to a hospital in Senegal. The ship was towed to the French port of Brest, where it arrived Friday.

Russian police seize oil company office
MOSCOW Russian police, accompanied by the ousted president of the state-owned Slavneft oil company, seized the corporation's Moscow headquarters and locked out the current president and other employees Friday as a simmering feud between powerful clans linked to the current and former Russian presidents burst open.
About 40 Interior Ministry troops, reportedly accompanied by former Slavneft President Mikhail Gutseriyev, seized the downtown building and maintained a blockade as the company's acting president, Yuri Sukhanov, threatened to use the courts to evict them.

Acclaimed French actor Francois Perier dead
PARIS Francois Perier, a prolific and acclaimed actor whose presence on the French stage and screen spanned three generations, has died, friends said yesterday. He was 82.
Mr. Perier, who had been a close friend of Jean-Paul Sartre, died of a heart attack in his sleep at his Paris home, according to Jose Artur, an actor who had worked with Mr. Perier.
Despite a 60-year career, Mr. Perier a shy man with a booming, theatrical voice never became a screen idol in France, playing mainly supporting roles. With his 108 films and about 30 plays, which ran for years, he was a continuing presence on the French stage and screen.
Mr. Perier, known for his intellect, developed a close relationship with Sartre that lasted three decades.

Croatian homosexuals hold modest first parade
ZAGREB, Croatia About 200 homosexuals marched through the Croatian capital under heavy security yesterday in the country's first gay pride parade to fight for their social and legal rights.
Some passers-by applauded and cheered as others booed and shouted abuse at the participants, who carried such slogans as "Silence is humiliation" and rainbow flags an international symbol of the homosexual movement.
Interior Minister Sime Lucin, several parliament members and human rights officials joined the parade, which lasted two hours but failed to attract a large crowd.

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