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U.N. powers agree on Iraq sanctions

NEW YORK The U.N. Security Council's five permanent members agreed yesterday on a revision to sanctions on Iraq and a six-month extension for the oil-for-food program, diplomats said.

A full Security Council vote to approve the resolution is expected next week, possibly on Wednesday, they said.

The main proposal would allow the freer flow of nonmilitary goods to Iraq but defines a "goods-review list" of items with likely military use that must be approved by U.N. agencies and Security Council members before they can be sent to Iraq.

The vote is slated before May 29, when the current six-month phase of oil-for-food sales expires.

Ferry with 30 sinks in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh A ferry carrying more than 300 passengers sank in a storm in southern Bangladesh yesterday, and rescuers said the fate of those on board was not known.

The British Broadcasting Corp. said most on board were feared dead. Only 15 passengers had swum ashore.

"The ferry sank around midnight near Shatnal," said an official at nearby Chandpur. Shatnal is about 100 miles south of the capital, Dhaka.

The twin-decked M.V. Salahuddin-2 was travelling to Patuakhali from Dhaka when it sank.

Philippine police arrest 2 top Abu Sayyaf men

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines Police said yesterday that they have arrested two senior officials of Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked extremist group that the Philippine military is trying to destroy with American help.

Satar Yacub, described as the No. 4 leader of the group on Basilan, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon in a house outside the southern city of Zamboanga. With leg and shoulder injuries, he was believed to have escaped from an Abu Sayyaf boat that came under fire Monday and to have swum an hour to shore. Eight guerrillas were killed in that attack.

On Thursday night, police arrested Salip Abdullah, a key aide of Abu Sayyaf chief Khadaffi Janjalani, said Senior Superintendent Bartolome Baluyot, the regional police chief.

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