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Yemeni hurls grenade at U.S. Embassy

SAN'A, Yemen A Yemeni man threw a hand grenade at the wall of the U.S. Embassy in San'a yesterday but it detonated after hitting a tree, a security official said. The incident caused no injury or damage.

The man, identified as unemployed Sameer Yehya Awad, 25, was arrested at the scene. Another grenade later was found in his possession, said one official, adding that preliminary investigations did not indicate a link to any terrorist group.

The incident came two days after the embassy had warned Americans in Yemen that they could be in danger of "imminent terrorist targeting."

Angolan army, rebels end hostilities

LUANDA, Angola The Angolan army and UNITA rebel leaders agreed to end Africa's longest-running conflict yesterday, less than three weeks after the death of Jonas Savimbi, the man who initiated the rebellion in 1975.

The two sides announced in a joint statement that the agreement was reached during a meeting attended by military officials and UNITA leaders in the village of Cassamba in Moxico, the eastern province where Mr. Savimbi was killed.

"On March 15, the first official meeting between the armed forces of Angola and National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) took place in Cassamba" and led to "the end of hostilities in the country," said the statement, released by the Angolan presidency.

Congo begins trial in Kabila slaying

KINSHASA, Congo Congo opened a military trial yesterday in the mystery-shrouded 2001 assassination of dictator Laurent D. Kabila.

Some 100 men and women Mr. Kabila's former guards and aides, as well as the wives and girlfriends of suspects crowded a prison courtroom to face undisclosed charges. Military prosecutor Col. Charles Alamba said the charges would be revealed Tuesday.

Small plane crashes in Cuba; 17 killed

BAEZ, Cuba Divers were pulling the bodies of 17 persons, including at least 12 foreigners, from a man-made reservoir in central Cuba yesterday after a small Soviet-made plane carrying tourists to an exclusive resort crashed in this rural region.

A list of the dead released yesterday morning showed the names of 12 foreigners: a German couple, six Canadians including two children ages 5 and 6, and four British citizens. The rest of the dead reportedly were Cubans.

Women charge Iran with rights abuses

A coalition of women's groups charged yesterday that human rights conditions in Iran were continuing to deteriorate, with women being beaten, stoned and flogged on moral charges such as adultery.

Six women have been stoned to death in Iran since the beginning of 2001, and another one, Sima, the mother of three children, is awaiting public execution, said Donna Hughes, a professor at the University of Rhode Island.

Hundreds of young girls have been flogged in recent months for "immodest" activities, like improper dressing, she said.

Ms. Hughes made the charges at a Capitol Hill conference on "Women, Islam and Fundamentalism" sponsored by eight groups to commemorate International Women's Day.

Cheney visits U.S. troops on Arabian Sea

Vice President Richard B. Cheney visited an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea yesterday and watched warplanes roar off to Afghanistan, in a gesture of support for troops fighting Taliban and al Qaeda militants.

"I'm in the Middle East on a diplomatic mission … but this is the highlight of my trip," Mr. Cheney told sailors on the USS John C. Stennis, sailing with 5,000 troops in the northern Arabian Sea some 700 miles from Afghanistan.

The vice president, who later returned to Oman, the fourth stop in his 11-nation Middle East tour, watched F/A-18 Hornet jets laden with laser-guided bombs shoot off the carrier with a thunderous blast that made the deck shake.

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