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THAILAND

Troops raid Muslim school

BANGKOK — Troops raided an Islamic boarding school yesterday in the first action under a state of emergency to combat a Muslim insurgency in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces.

The government declared the emergency Tuesday in Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani provinces, where about 900 people have been killed in the past 18 months in Muslim terrorist attacks.



YEMEN

11 killed in riots over fuel-price rise

SAN’A — Eleven persons were killed and scores injured yesterday in a second day of clashes between Yemeni security forces and rioters protesting fuel price increases.

In the capital San’a, tanks and armored vehicles took up positions around the presidential palace, government ministries and oil sector offices. It was the first time tanks had been seen in San’a since the rioting broke out Wednesday.

As calm returned to parts of Yemen late yesterday, protests broke out for the first time in the southern port city of Aden. The death toll from the two days of rioting stood at 24.

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban militants kill nine in raid

KANDAHAR — Suspected Taliban militants raided a village and killed nine tribesmen, and vengeance-seeking relatives killed four persons in another hamlet, an official said yesterday, as violence simmered ahead of key parliamentary elections.

Elsewhere, American forces killed a militant and wounded another Wednesday after coming under attack in Zabul province.

GERMANY

President accepts early elections

BERLIN — Germany’s president agreed yesterday to dissolve parliament and hold early elections Sept. 18 that could give the country its first woman chancellor.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had sought the early balloting, saying he had lost the mandate to govern after his Social Democrats badly lost a key regional contest May 22.

From wire dispatches and staff report

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