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Iraq says two killed in latest U.S. air raid

BAGHDAD The United States said its warplanes attacked air defense targets in southern Iraq yesterday for the second time in a week, while Iraq said two civilians were killed and two wounded in the raid.

The U.S. Central Command based in Tampa, Fla., said its jets dropped precision-guided weapons onto an anti-aircraft missile system and a missile-control center in southern Iraq yesterday.

An Iraqi military spokesman told the official Iraqi News Agency that the U.S. planes carried out 34 sorties from bases in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, hitting civilian targets before being forced out of the area by air defenses.

Nepal's ruling party suspends prime minister

KATMANDU, Nepal Nepal was thrown into further turmoil yesterday after the ruling Nepali Congress party said it had suspended Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, upset by his move to dissolve parliament and call early elections.

A constitutional analyst said Mr. Deuba would be able to continue as acting prime minister of the Himalayan kingdom at least until the Nov. 13 elections.

A day earlier, the prime minister had asked King Gyanendra to dissolve parliament and call elections. Mr. Deuba took the step after failing to win the necessary legislative support, even from his own party, to extend emergency rule to try to put down a six-year Maoist insurgency that had killed more than 4,000 people.

North Korean leader backs capitalist training

SEOUL North Korea's communist leader Kim Jong-il backs the idea of sending would-be capitalists to a center in China that will teach basic market economics and practical tips to survive in business, a European business leader said yesterday.

Jean-Jacques Grauhar, secretary-general of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, visited North Korea last week with South Korean opposition politician Park Geun-hye.

A pilot program to train North Korean students, who then would serve an internship at a European or South Korean company in China, South Korea or Europe, is expected to start next year.

U.S. missionary held over Korean defections

BEIJING China has detained a Korean-American missionary for purportedly helping North Korean migrants in the country's northeast seek asylum elsewhere, a South Korea-based colleague said yesterday.

Joseph Choi, who has lived in China for years, had fed and schooled some North Korean children but was not smuggling asylum seekers, a South Korean colleague said in Seoul.

Meanwhile, the wife of a detained U.S.-based Chinese dissident was blocked from entering China and then expelled after being held briefly at Beijing's airport.

U.N. governor vetoes Kosovo resolution

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia The U.N. administration in Kosovo yesterday vetoed an ethnic Albanian-inspired parliamentary resolution that implied the province could exercise the powers of an independent state.

Kosovo's U.N. Gov. Michael Steiner quashed the 6-month-old assembly's first resolution, which opposed a border agreement between neighboring Macedonia and Yugoslavia, of which Kosovo is legally part.

Car bomb injures three in Spain

PAMPLONA, Spain Three persons were slightly injured yesterday when a car bomb exploded near the central building of the University of Navarra in the northern city of Pamplona, police said.

The car blew up in a parking lot behind the campus building. A policeman and a woman were rushed to a hospital, while another woman suffered from shock.

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