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Kabul peacekeepers come under fire
KABUL, Afghanistan For the first time in a month, international peacekeepers came under fire while patrolling in the Afghan capital, the peacekeeping force reported yesterday. The gunfire was believed to have come from a compound housing militiamen from the Northern Alliance.
No one was hurt when the burst of more than 10 bullets struck the ground and a wall just 30 yards from an armored patrol of German peacekeepers Friday afternoon, a spokesman for the force said.

Ukraine candidate shot to death
KIEV A candidate from a leading party in Ukraine's parliamentary elections was shot to death in his apartment building less than two days before today's vote, which comes after a campaign season plagued by violence and concern over potential fraud.
Mykola Shkriblyak, vice governor of the Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine, died of gunshot wounds early yesterday, after a Friday-night attack by unidentified gunmen, his Social Democratic Party (United) said.
The vote is seen as a key test of President Leonid Kuchma's popularity after eight years at the helm of this Texas-sized former Soviet republic.

Cambodia to allow refugees to enter U.S.
ANG SNUOL, Cambodia Cambodia said today it will allow Vietnamese refugees to be resettled in the United States, ending the uncertainty over the fate of 905 ethnic tribespeople who say they fled persecution by Vietnam's communist government.
"From this moment on, any refugees who volunteer to resettle in the United States can do so," Prime Minister Hun Sen told a public rally during the inauguration of a Buddhist temple in this village outside Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital.
"Those who do not want to go to the United States and prefer to go back to Vietnam can also do so," he said.

U.S. plane crashes in Philippine sea
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines An unmanned U.S. aircraft used in military exercises against Filipino Muslim guerrillas linked to al Qaeda crashed into the sea in the southern Philippines today, officials said.
There was no immediate information on what caused the crash, Philippine military spokesman Capt. Noel Detoyato told Reuters news agency.
The aircraft, called an unmanned aerial vehicle, went into the sea off Zamboanga City, 535 miles south of Manila.

Uganda frees children from rebel bases
KAMPALA, Uganda The Ugandan army has overrun four rebel bases in neighboring Sudan and freed thousands of children abducted by the rebels during a 16-year insurgency, the defense minister said yesterday.
Military officials also said the leader of the rebel Lords Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, was on the run after fleeing one of the bases when the army began a major offensive Thursday night.
In frequent raids in northern Uganda, the rebels have abducted women and children to become fighters or concubines.
Plagued by attacks by the group, which opposes President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda signed an agreement with Sudan earlier this year to allow its soldiers to enter southern Sudan to pursue the rebels.

17 killed in Nepal Maoist violence
KATMANDU At least 17 persons have been killed in Nepal since Thursday in Maoist violence across the insurgency-torn Himalayan nation, the Defense Ministry said.
It said in a statement yesterday that soldiers shot and killed at least 16 rebels over the past two days in fierce assaults on guerrilla targets, mainly in the Himalayan foothills in western Nepal.
The rebels killed a village head in Dhanusa district in southern Nepal yesterday.


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