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PHILIPPINES

Government fears terrorist funding

MANILA — Funds are flowing in for terrorist operations in the Philippines, mostly from the Middle East, a senior security official said yesterday while admitting authorities were unable to stop it.

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales said the money could be going to Jemaah Islamiyah, an Indonesia-based terror group linked to al Qaeda that is accused of training terrorists in the Philippines.

He declined to give details but indicated couriers take advantage of the busy traffic between the Philippines and the Middle East, where hundreds of thousands of Filipinos work.

BRITAIN

Gay-friendly army joins gay parade

LONDON — The British army joined in a gay pride march for the first time yesterday, an army spokesman said.

Troops in uniform joined the annual gay pride festival in Manchester, northern England, on the march through the city center, with thousands of supporters watching from the sidelines.

UNITED NATIONS

Negotiators busy ahead of summit

NEW YORK — U.N. member states have agreed to let about 30 nations take the lead in trying to resolve major differences over an action plan world leaders can adopt at next month’s summit.

The United States has submitted hundreds of proposed amendments to the 39-page draft currently on the table, and Russia, the Nonaligned Movement representing 116 mainly developing countries, and dozens of other countries have submitted hundreds more.

General Assembly President Jean Ping said the “core group” representing all regions and groups at the United Nations would start negotiations Monday and was prepared to work nights if need be to finalize a document by Friday.

VENEZUELA

Assassination calls parks missionary ban

CARACAS — Venezuela’s government has temporarily suspended permits for foreign missionaries after a U.S. evangelist said Washington should assassinate President Hugo Chavez.

The policy announcement came four days after conservative evangelist Pat Robertson suggested that Washington kill Mr. Chavez, a former soldier who often accuses the United States of plotting to kill him.

The chief of the Justice Ministry’s religious affairs unit, Carlos Gonzalez, said Friday authorization of permits for missionaries would be curbed while the government tightened regulations on preachers inside Venezuela.

Mr. Robertson later apologized.

AFGHANISTAN

U.S. soldier killed, seven wounded

KABUL — One U.S. soldier was killed and seven wounded in two attacks in southeast Afghanistan and near the capital Kabul, the U.S. military said yesterday.

In the first incident, U.S. soldiers were patrolling in the restive southeastern province of Paktika ahead of parliamentary elections next month when a roadside bomb hit their armored vehicle, the military said.

In a separate attack, three U.S. soldiers were wounded when their convoy came under attack about 25 miles east of Kabul on Friday.

The latest casualties bring to 75 the number of soldiers killed this year in operations linked to Afghanistan.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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