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UNREST: Artillery shells pounded Sukhumi, Georgia, Thursday as separatist Abkhazian forces encircled the besieged provincial capital. "One cannot exclude the possibility of defeat," Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze said. "Even the greatest generals have been defeated." News agencies said the rebels took a hydroelectric plant near the city before dawn and several strategic heights.

VIOLENCE: Two Israeli soldiers were killed and three were wounded Thursday, security sources in Marjayoun, Lebanon, said. It was one of the bloodiest attacks by pro-Iranian guerrillas against the Israeli army in south Lebanon this year. The sources said one of the wounded soldiers was in serious condition.

SMALL VICTORY: Cuba scored a diplomatic victory when the leaders of the English-speaking Caribbean nations dropped references to human rights and democracy in an agreement to strengthen trade ties with Havana. The United States had strongly opposed dropping such references.

Across the nationAIDS DEATH: The third of six people believed to have been infected with the AIDS virus by a Florida dentist has died from the disease. John Yecs Jr., 36, formerly of Stuart, Fla., died Monday at his home in Akron, Ohio. He had been a patient in 1988 of Dr. David Acer of Jensen Beach, Fla., who died in 1990.

RAPE CHARGES: A former Bloomsburg University student was charged in three of a series of rapes that terrorized the campus. Jimmy Lee Lindsey, 27, who was first arrested April 10 on burglary charges, told Pennsylvania authorities he committed the four rapes on and near the campus between December 1991 and December 1992, state police said. He recanted the next day. On Wednesday, he was charged with three rapes.

CHILD ABUSE? A New Hampshire man is facing charges of leaving his 2-year-old son in a scorching car during this week's heat wave while he went into a Manchester bar for a cold beer. Police said Jeffrey Pollard of Derry was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and was ordered held pending a bail hearing.

SHOOTING: A teenager in the upper level of a crowded shopping mall in Westminster, Calif., sprayed gunfire on the level below, critically wounding a 13-year-old girl. The youth fired at least five shots at the Westminster Mall on Wednesday afternoon, striking the girl twice in the back as she stood in front of a shoe store, police said.