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Bird flu discovered in national park

WARSAW — New cases of bird flu have been detected in Poland, including one in a town on the edge of a national marshland park that is the natural habitat of several bird species, authorities reported yesterday.

Victims included for the first time a variety of wild duck species known as a merganser, plus two more cases of infected swans.

Poland is one of nine countries in the European Union to have reported cases of H5N1. In the broader European region, some 20 countries have recorded an outbreak of the deadly strain of avian flu, which has killed 97 persons worldwide, mostly in Asia.


U.S. accused of double standard

MOSCOW — Russia lashed out at a State Department report that criticized its human rights record, accusing the United States of a double standard.

The annual State Department report, released Wednesday, said the continued centralization of power under President Vladimir Putin eroded the accountability of Russian officials. It also criticized the government’s rights record in the persistent conflict in and around Chechnya.

The U.S. report “abounds in clear juggling of facts and is a specimen of unconcealed double standards in relation to human rights in Russia and the world,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.


Fascist march met by leftist rioters

ROME — Italian police using tear gas clashed yesterday in Milan with demonstrators hurling rocks and firecrackers and burning cars to protest at a march by an extreme right-wing group singing fascist songs, it was reported.

Four police officers received minor injuries when they charged some 200 left-wing demonstrators in the northern Italian city. There were 42 arrests, according to reports.

Some 100 members of the group known as the Fiamma Tricolore had rallied under strong police protection, carrying black banners and singing fascist songs.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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