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Bomb trashes office of Colombia candidate
BOGOTA, Colombia With polls showing him in the lead for president, anti-guerrilla candidate Alvaro Uribe canceled his last campaign appearance yesterday for security reasons as bombs trashed one of his offices.
Mr. Uribe, who has promised to take a tough hand against Colombia's Marxist rebels and to battle corruption, was within a hair of the majority he would need to win the May 26 vote outright and avoid a runoff, according to two polls published yesterday.

Vietnamese vote for National Assembly
HANOI Prodded by hours of loudspeaker appeals, Vietnamese voted yesterday for a new National Assembly charged with completing a sweeping overhaul of the communist nation's legal system.
A total of 759 candidates all approved by the Fatherland Front, a group controlled by the ruling Communist Party competed for the assembly's 498 seats.
Voting was mandatory for citizens 18 or over, and the government claimed a high turnout was high.

Explosion rocks Canada synagogue
QUEBEC CITY A pre-dawn explosion yesterday at the only synagogue in Quebec City damaged the front door and shattered glass but caused no injuries, police said.
One man was arrested in connection with the blast, which was apparently caused by an incendiary device at the vacant synagogue in the capital of Quebec, Canada's French-speaking province, police said.
The explosion was the latest in a series of attacks on synagogues in Canada this year, including a fire set at a downtown Toronto synagogue that damaged 2,000 religious texts, some dating to the 1860s. No injuries have been reported.

U.S. ambassador dies of heart attack
TIRANA, Albania U.S. ambassador to Albania Joseph Limprecht died yesterday of a heart attack while on an official visit to a lake area in the north of the country, Albanian officials said.
Medical teams sent by helicopter gave Mr. Limprecht oxygen but failed to revive him after he was seized by chest pains and collapsed. Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko traveled to the scene.
Mr. Limprecht, 56, had been due to leave Albania soon after three years during which he mediated between factionalized local politicians in a country torn by strife in recent years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two daughters.

Sierra Leone leader wins easy re-election
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone Sierra Leone's president easily won re-election yesterday in the first postwar vote in the conflict-scarred West African nation, signaling a sweeping voter rejection of the party of vicious former rebels.
Tejan Kabbah won with 70.6 percent of vote in Tuesday's election, the National Electoral Commission announced yesterday. The showing was well above the 55 percent he needed to avoid a runoff.
Radio announcements of the win sent people of the capital, Freetown, running out into the shell- and bullet-pocked streets for an impromptu celebration.

Prayers of others cheer the pope
VATICAN CITY After struggling to lead a long ceremony in St. Peter's Square, Pope John Paul II said yesterday that he draws comfort from all those praying for him to continue in the papacy.
The comments, coming a day after he turned 82, appeared to answer speculation that he would step down if his health left him unable to guide the church. Two prominent cardinals had raised the possibility in recent days.
Pope John Paul appeared almost exhausted during a 2-hour ceremony yesterday to raise five religious workers to sainthood. His head trembled as he said prayers.


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