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Turkish police reduce size of uranium seizure
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey A recently seized quantity of highly enriched uranium was about 5 ounces and not 33 pounds as initially reported, a Turkish police official said yesterday.
The state-run Anatolian news agency reported Saturday that paramilitary police in the southern province of Sanliurfa detained two men after discovering 33 pounds of uranium in a lead container beneath a taxi seat.
But that weight had included the container. The radioactive material was actually about 5 ounces, an official from the gendarmes force in Sanliurfa said.

Pakistan church bomb causes no injuries
QUETTA, Pakistan A small bomb exploded outside a remote village church yesterday, hours after thousands took to the streets in Pakistan's largest city demanding government protection of the country's minority Christians.
The crude device was planted near a wall that surrounds a nondenominational church in the impoverished Sibi district of southwestern Baluchistan province, police officer Bashir Kohlo said. No one was hurt.
Most of the 10 families in the area about 100 miles east of Quetta are Christians, Mr. Kohlo said.

Sharon visits Moscow for Middle East talks
MOSCOW Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived in Russia yesterday for three days of talks with President Vladimir Putin on the Middle East and Moscow's ties with Tehran.
"All issues related to the strategic situation in the Middle East will be broached, including Iran's armament program, the Iraqi threat, Syria's support for terrorist organizations and the Palestinian issue," Mr. Sharon's spokesman said.
The spokesman said the visit had been postponed because of security concerns.

Elections in Morocco fracture political map
RABAT, Morocco Morocco's socialists emerged as favorites yesterday to lead a new coalition government, but they and others rejected alignment with an Islamic party that gained strength.
Political parties pieced together a working coalition after Friday's parliamentary elections, in which 26 parties competed and all but a few appeared to have secured seats.
Early results gave incumbent Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi's socialists 44 seats. The seven parties that formed the previous coalition had 160 of the 284 seats for which the government announced results Saturday.
A party with leaders who want to implement Islamic law in Morocco won at least 37 of the 325 seats in parliament's lower house.

Over 900 feared dead in Senegal ferry sinking
DAKAR, Senegal The toll of victims presumed dead in Senegal's ferry disaster soared yesterday when authorities increased the number on board from 796 to 1,034 passengers and crew.
Only 64 persons are known to have survived the ocean ferry's capsizing, all rescued by passing fishing boats early Friday morning.
Yesterday the government added the crew and passengers who had boarded the ferry at a second stop on the way from southern Senegal, bringing the total to 1,034, said Diadji Toure, communications adviser for the prime minister.

White opposition leader held in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe Police arrested a prominent white politician and beat other opponents as President Robert Mugabe's supporters stepped up violence at local government polls, the main opposition party said yesterday.
Roy Bennett, an opposition legislator, and eight others including his bodyguard were in custody, said Doug Vanderuit, a member of Movement for Democratic Change. An MDC official who declined to be named confirmed the report. It was not clear what the charges were.
The two-day polls ending yesterday were seen as a test of Mr. Mugabe's traditional rural power base and came amid a deepening economic and food crisis.


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