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HUNGER STRIKE: John Demjanjuk, the retired U.S. auto worker identified as the sadistic Nazi guard "Ivan the Terrible" and sentenced to hang, on Monday in Jerusalem started a three-day fast to protest the Israeli Supreme Court's delay in ruling on his appeal.

200 MILLION JOBLESS: A Chinese government-run newspaper admitted Tuesday that China has more than 200 million unemployed and called on the government to replace its failed social welfare policies. The official Economic Daily asserted misleading government figures are covering up unemployment figures equivalent to more than one-sixth of the population.VILLAGE BOMBED: Eleven civilians were injured when an Irish Republican Army mortar attack devastated a village on the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland Monday night, the Royal Ulster Constabulary said. About 90 buildings were damaged in the two mortar attacks against the British security base in Bessbrook, county Armagh, 55 miles south of Belfast.

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ART CACHE STOLEN: A cache of Islamic tapestries and paintings and a gold goblet from 500 B.C. - worth some $2.5 million - were stolen from a Manhattan, N.Y., art gallery early Tuesday, police said. Police said thieves broke into the Alex Galleries and got away with 12 Indian paintings, a silk carpet worth $325,000 and a tapestry worth $60,000.

NO MORE SUICIDES: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's lawyer says Kevorkian won't assist in another suicide until a court rules on Michigan's new ban on the practice. In a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of 10 people, the American Civil Liberties Union aid the law violates constitutional rights to privacy and due process.

`BUBBLE BILL': Protesters must stay at least 8 feet away from anyone trying to enter a medical facility, school or house of worship under a new San Diego ordinance aimed at keeping abortion demonstrations peaceful. The "Bubble Bill," approved 8-1 by the City Council on Monday, was modeled on an ordinance adopted in San Jose last summer.