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Colombia to invoke special police powers
BOGOTA, Colombia The government is preparing to invoke special powers to help fight armed groups, including measures that will require people in parts of Colombia to register with the government, obtain permission to travel and carry ID cards, media reported yesterday.
The rules will apply in "Rehabilitation Zones," which are allowed under a presidential decree issued Tuesday that also permits security forces to conduct warrantless searches and hold suspects for 24 hours before consulting a judge.
The government is preparing to declare the Rehabilitation Zones in seven regions, covering parts of 14 states affected by fighting between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, according to a report in El Tiempo, the nation's largest newspaper.

Pope wants crosses in all Italian schools
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy The image of the cross should be placed in schools, hospitals and homes to help guard against increasing secularization, Pope John Paul II said yesterday.
Because of secularization, "it is all the more important that the faithful fix their gaze on this central sign of the Revelation," the pope said in his weekly appearance to pilgrims and tourists at his summer retreat.

Schroeder, Fischer rally for center-left coalition
BERLIN German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer came together yesterday for an unprecedented joint election rally.
Mr. Schroeder and Mr. Fischer told a large crowd gathered at the Brandenburg Gate that they wanted a mandate to continue their ruling "Red-Green" alliance of Social Democrats and Greens.
Polls released in the last few days showed the Social Democrats opening up a lead of two to three percentage points over the opposition Christian Democrats, and giving the SPD and Greens a theoretical parliamentary majority.

Explosives found in Afghan fuel tanker
KABUL, Afghanistan Security forces discovered explosives aboard a fuel truck in the capital yesterday, preventing a potential terrorist attack in the city, state TV said.
Police arrested several people aboard the truck after they stopped and searched it in eastern Kabul, the report said. The driver was released later yesterday, but others remained in custody.
"They wanted to bring it into Kabul for a terrorist action," state TV said of the tanker, giving no other details. A Sept. 5 car bombing killed 30 persons and injured more than 150 on a busy street in the city center.

Firemen fight blaze on flaming ship
LONDON British firefighters were lowered by cable from helicopters onto a flaming container ship carrying hazardous cargo in the English Channel yesterday.
"The blaze is in the hold, and at the moment does not threaten the containers," said a spokeswoman for southern England's Sussex fire brigade.
She said 16 firefighters had boarded the Wester Till nine miles off England's southeast coast.

Ex-legislator hospitalized in brawl with GIs
SEOUL A former South Korean legislator was hospitalized with a broken nose and other injuries after brawling with an American soldier in the Seoul subway, his aides said yesterday.
The fight broke out Saturday when Suh Kyong-won, 65, and other activists were handing out fliers about the deaths of two South Korean teenage girls who were struck by an American armored military vehicle June 13.
Mr. Suh's aides said in a news release that Pvt. John Murphy swore at Mr. Suh and punched his face and upper body.

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