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RAIDS: Israeli fighter-bombers blasted suspected Shiite Muslim guerrilla bases in two raids Tuesday morning following mortar and rocket attacks on Israel's self-styled "security zone" in south Lebanon. Security sources said three guerrillas were wounded in the first air assault at daybreak on the hills of Mlita and Loweizeh, where the Iranian-backed Hezbollah maintains its main supply bases.KURDS: Large-scale clashes between rival Kurdish groups have been raging for the past two days in the northern region of Kurdistan, resulting in high casualties, the official Iraqi News Agency reported Tuesday. INA, in a dispatch monitored in Beirut, said fierce battles broke out between followers of Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and those of the Kurdish Islamic Movement.

PROTESTS: South African President F.W. de Klerk, dogged by hecklers on his first campaign outing Tuesday, said the protesters were proof of ANC intolerance. Twenty people chanting "De Klerk's hands are covered in blood" and singing ANC songs drowned out the president as he tried to address about 100 supporters in Genandendal.

HUSKIES: The howl of the husky sled dog is fading from Antarctica for good, decades after the dogs began their loyal service to polar explorers. The last team of five aging huskies from Australia's Antarctic base at Mawson - Bonza, Ursa, Morrie, Welf and Elwood - began their retirement Tuesday, arriving in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart aboard the icebreaker Aurora Australis.

ATTACK: A Muslim fundamentalist group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that wounded 16 people, including eight Austrian tourists, in Cairo, the Al-Hayat daily reported Tuesday. Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, or the Islamic Group, said the attack Monday in Old Cairo was to avenge the execution of Muslim extremists.

THAILAND: Residents of northern Thailand are shivering in the coldest weather to hit the region in 45 years. Meteorologists say icy winds from Siberia have sent temperatures plunging to just above freezing in some parts of the tropical country.

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DEATH: A 10-year-old baby sitter kicked a 1-year-old girl to death in Chicago to stop her crying, police said. The boy was held at a juvenile detention center on murder charges Monday in the death of Lauren O'Neal. He was not identified because of his age.

CUSTODY: The mother and stepfather of an 8-year-old boy who police say was shackled to a bedpost and left home alone on Christmas in Chicago for opening a gift early lost custody of their children pending an investigation. David Wasel, 28, and his wife, Madeline, 39, were charged Monday with child endangerment and reckless conduct and could get up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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PACKWOOD: Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., is denying he waived his Fifth Amendment rights in his fight with the Senate Ethics Committee to force a subpoena for his personal diaries. The Washington Post reported Packwood referred to the diaries during a deposition that is part of an investigation into allegations that Packwood made unwanted sexual advances toward women.

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