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Bomb kills police in rebellious region

MAKHACHKALA — A bomb detonated by remote control killed at least three police officers in the troubled southern Russian region of Dagestan and wounded several more, officials said yesterday.

City police officer Akhmed Magomedov said that a six-man police patrol was walking past a grove of trees at about 4 p.m. when the bomb exploded.

Near-daily attacks on police and authorities in the Caspian Sea region have raised fears that violence is spreading from neighboring Chechnya.


Toll rises in attack by deadly mosquitoes

LUCKNOW — Mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis spread to new areas of India’s most populous state yesterday as the death toll from the preventable disease rose to 100 amid a shortage of funds to pay for vaccinations, officials said.

At least 28 more children were reported sick in the Bahraich and Hardoi districts of northern Uttar Pradesh state, and at least 100 children have died from the disease in the last 10 days, state officials said.

Vaccination protects against the disease, which often hits children, but state health authorities say there isn’t enough money to immunize all children in encephalitis-prone areas.


Troops trained to face torture

SYDNEY — Elite troops in Australia are undergoing training that includes being stripped naked and threatened with dogs to prepare them to withstand torture if they are captured by enemy forces, the government said.

Explaining the so-called “resistance to interrogation” training sessions in a written answer to a lawmaker’s question, Defense Minister Robert Hill said dogs are used to simulate torture conditions troops could face.

Australia has hundreds of troops serving in Iraq. It also is preparing to send 190 special forces to Afghanistan to quell an insurgency by forces loyal to the former Taliban regime in the countdown to Sept. 18 elections.


Islamists decry vote as rigged

ISLAMABAD — Candidates supported by Pakistan’s ruling party swept violence-marred municipal elections amid charges of vote rigging.

The government insists the balloting was free and fair.

At least 20 persons were killed and more than 200 others wounded nationwide during the first phase of elections Thursday, police and news reports said. The elections were held in 53 districts.

Days before the vote, a court barred all candidates who graduated from Islamic seminaries, or madrassas, but had not studied English.


Angry minister tells Britons to leave

NAIROBI — A Kenyan Cabinet minister barred from Britain advised British expatriates living in his district to leave and return to their native country in an angry speech yesterday.

Transportation Minister Chris Murungaru, who is taking legal action to rescind the ban, suggested that Britons — mostly ranchers — living in the central Kenya constituency of Kieni leave as long as the prohibition remained in place.

London revoked the visa of Mr. Murungaru, a close ally of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, citing immigration laws that block the entry into Britain of individuals convicted or suspected of serious crime, including graft.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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