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Iraq to resume exports of oil
BAGHDAD Iraq said yesterday it will resume oil exports Wednesday after a monthlong suspension in protest of Israel's incursions into Palestinian cities in the West Bank.
"It was decided to resume oil pumping after the expiry of the one-month period, which means after midnight of May 7," Iraqi television said in reporting a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Saddam Hussein.
Iraq suspended all oil exports on April 8 to protest Israel's military incursion in the West Bank, and it called on other oil-producing states to follow suit.

Nigerian plane crash kills at least 148
KANO, Nigeria Nigeria's EAS Airlines said yesterday that four persons on board survived the crash of its airliner that plowed into a crowded suburb of the northern city of Kano, killing at least 148.
Dozens of residents were killed when the BAC 1-11-500 crashed into about 10 buildings, including a school and a mosque, shortly after takeoff Saturday.
Aviation officials Saturday put the number of people on board at 76 and said none survived.

South Korean president quits the ruling party
SEOUL President Kim Dae-jung quit his ruling party today and apologized for a recent series of corruption scandals involving his sons and some confidants. The decision does not affect his single five-year term, which ends in February.
"I can't find words to describe my apologetic feeling," Mr. Kim said in a statement read by his chief of staff, Park Jie-won. "I and my wife spend every day in agony."
Mr. Kim said his decision to leave the Millennium Democratic Party was to free himself from domestic politics and concentrate on state affairs, including the upcoming soccer World Cup, the presidential election and other key elections.

Former Bolivian dictator dead at 75
LA PAZ, Bolivia Former President Hugo Banzer, a dictator turned democratically elected leader known for eradicating drug crops in this poor Andean nation, died of a heart attack yesterday, his doctor said. He was 75.
The two-time president, who had long battled cancer, died surrounded by family in Santa Cruz, a tropical city in eastern Bolivia, hours after waking up in pain around midnight, said Dr. Freddy Terrazas.
The cancer forced him to resign as president on Aug. 6, a year before his term ended. In an emotional ceremony, Mr. Banzer handed over the presidential medallion and sash to Vice President Jorge Quiroga on Bolivia's Independence Day.

Death toll reaches 108 in remote village battle
QUIBDO, Colombia The death toll in an isolated village where rebels and paramilitaries were fighting for control rose to 108 yesterday while authorities continued to debate how to rescue the survivors.
Among the dead were dozens who took refuge in a church in the village of Bojaya on Thursday. Authorities said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia fired homemade mortars into the church. It was unclear if they were aiming for the church.
U.N. officials said they had warned the government that a tragedy was about to occur before the fighting started.

Envoys fly to Rwanda for Congo talks
BUJUMBURA, Rwanda A U.N. Security Council mission trying to end Africa's biggest war makes a crunch visit to Rwanda today for talks with Kinshasa's main foreign foe on reviving shaky peace efforts in Congo.
Rwanda and its Congolese guerrilla allies appear increasingly isolated as the senior envoys, building on a partial peace pact among other key combatants, shuttle across Africa to step up pressure on all sides for reconciliation.

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