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Somali gunmen attack transitional government

MOGADISHU, Somalia Hundreds of gunmen opposed to Somalia's transitional government attacked the home of the interior minister yesterday, and witnesses said at least eight persons were killed and 20 others injured in the fighting.

Hundreds of people fled the north Mogadishu neighborhood after the 8 a.m. attack on Interior Minister Dahir Dayah's house by gunmen loyal to militia leader Mohammed Dhereh, witnesses said.

President Abdiqassim Salad Hassan's transitional government was elected at a peace conference in neighboring Djibouti in August 2000. But it has little influence outside Mogadishu and is opposed by a number of faction leaders.

Bosnian suspect pleads not guilty at the Hague

THE HAGUE A Bosnian Serb accused of torturing, raping and killing prisoners in Bosnian detention camps pleaded not guilty yesterday to 46 counts of war crimes.

Dusan "Dusko" Knezevic, 34, is accused of atrocities in the Bosnian Serb-run Omarska and Keraterm camps, where thousands of detainees were beaten, starved and sexually abused, and where many were killed in 1992 during the Bosnian war.

Mr. Knezevic surrendered in Banja Luka, Bosnia, last Saturday and was transferred to the U.N. war-crimes tribunal's detention unit in The Hague.

Green Party shunned in Finns' nuclear plans

HELSINKI Finland decided yesterday to build the first new nuclear reactor in Western Europe in more than a decade to meet rising energy demands despite bitter opposition from environmentalists.

Parliament voted 107-92 to back the government's proposal to construct a fifth atomic reactor to guarantee long-term energy supplies, cut its dependence on Russia and meet greenhouse-gas targets.

It will be the first such plant since 1991, when France authorized the construction of a new reactor.

Another ferry sinks in Bangladesh

BARISAL, Bangladesh More than 60 people were feared drowned when a ferry sank in a Bangladesh river just three weeks after a similar accident killed nearly 500 people, police said yesterday.

Superintendent Abdullah Azad said the M.L. Suraha was carrying about 100 people when it went down in the Baleswar River during a storm on Thursday night. Nearly 40 managed to swim to safety or were rescued.

Bangladesh has thousands of miles of waterways, and ferries are an essential part of the country's transport system, but it has one of the world's worst accident records.

Senior citizen sets Mount Everest record

KATMANDU, Nepal A 66-year-old Italian man scaled Mount Everest yesterday, becoming the oldest person to climb the world's highest mountain, according to the China Tibet Mountaineering Association.

Mario Curnis, whose hometown was not known, reached the 29,035-foot summit yesterday morning with another Italian climber, Simone Morro, and Nepali Sherpa guide Ang Mingma. It was Mr. Mingma's third time on the summit.

Mr. Curnis' feat breaks the record set by Japanese climber Tomiyasu Ishikawa, of Nagoya, who scaled the peak last week at the age of 65 years and five months.

Last week, another Japanese climber, Tamae Watanabe, became the oldest woman to scale the peak, at age 63.

Norwegian princess weds flamboyant writer

TRONDHEIM, Norway Norway's Princess Martha wed a flamboyant author yesterday, feted by exuberant crowds who shrugged off worries the match may sap support for royalty.

Wearing a white silk dress decorated with lilies and a 10-foot train, Martha said "Yes" to fellow Norwegian Ari Behn in Nidaros cathedral in the central city of Trondheim.

Mr. Behn, often criticized for too flamboyant a taste in clothes that once included going skiing in a pink shirt, wore sober black tails with lily of the valley in his lapel. From wire articles and staff reports.

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