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Etna revives, spews lava, ash
CATANIA, Sicily After months of silence, Mount Etna came to life yesterday, spewing lava and ash but injuring none. A series of small earthquakes damaged buildings on the mountain slopes, officials said.
The area was evacuated and sealed by police, said civil defense officials.
Up to 200 small quakes shook eastern Sicily, creating panic and sending people to the streets, but the lava remained far from settlements.

Colombian rebels kill 5 civilians
BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian rebels killed five civilians near Bogota, police said yesterday.
The bodies of two brothers and three middle-aged men with gunshot and machete wounds were found near Alban, 30 miles northwest of the capital, police said.
Police blamed members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for the killings.

Japan elections test support for Koizumi
TOKYO Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling bloc declared victory in midterm elections yesterday, with early results showing it won five of seven parliamentary seats up for grabs.
Thirty candidates were vying for five seats in the 480-seat lower house and two in the 247-seat upper house. Final results were expected early today.
If the preliminary results stand, the Liberal Democratic Party's ruling coalition would hold 282 lower-house seats and 139 upper-house seats.

Nepal blasts hurt 1; army kills 9 rebels
KATMANDU, Nepal Three small explosions near the royal palace yesterday injured one person, while the army killed at least nine rebels, police and a defense ministry spokesman said.
The first explosion, in a parking lot, wounded a security guard, police said.
No one claimed responsibility for the explosions, but police blamed rebels, who have fought since 1996 to end the constitutional monarchy and establish communist rule.

Greece jails suspect pending terrorism trial
ATHENS Greek authorities yesterday ordered an 18th person jailed pending trial on charges of membership in the November 17 guerrilla group.
Yiannis Serifis appeared before investigating magistrate Leonidas Zervobeakos and an appellate court prosecutor for two hours yesterday.
He has denied involvement with November 17 or any other guerrilla group.
Mr. Serifis was remanded in custody and sent to Korydallos prison, where other November 17 suspects are being held pending trial.

Kosovo mayor, guards killed after voting
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia A Kosovo Albanian mayor and two of his bodyguards were fatally shot yesterday, a day after the U.N.-run Yugoslav province held a peaceful municipal election, international and local officials said.
A spokesman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which organized Saturday's vote, told a news conference that Mayor Uke Bytyciand two bodyguards were killed.
The Democratic League of Kosovo, led by pacifist President Ibrahim Rugova, remained the biggest party in Suva Reka in the election, according to early projections.
Elsewhere, it lost ground to two parties that emerged from the guerrilla force that battled Serbian troops in 1998 and 1999.

Austrian bishop calls Islam 'fanatical'
VIENNA, Austria Austrian Roman Catholic Bishop Kurt Krenn called Islam a fanatical religion in a magazine interview published yesterday.
The bishop of St. Poelten told the weekly newsmagazine Profil that Roman Catholicism was in competition with Islam, citing census figures showing the percentage of Catholics in Austria was falling as the percentage of Muslims rose.
"Islam is not stronger, just more fanatical. And it is not the true religion, anyway," Bishop Krenn told Profil.

Ferry damages warship in crash
LONDON Britain's newest warship was seriously damaged in a collision with a passenger ferry in stormy weather off southern England early yesterday, officials said.
High winds swept the ferry, Pride of Portsmouth, carrying 800 passengers and 130 crew from the French port of Le Havre, up against the HMS St. Albans, a Royal Navy frigate, as the ferry tried to berth in Portsmouth harbor.
No one was hurt in the collision and neither ship was expected to take on water, but a Royal Navy spokesman said the frigate suffered "significant damage to its superstructure."

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