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VIOLENCE: Assailants in Johannesburg, South Africa, killed five youths and wounded two in the Tokoza black township on the eve of a peace meeting Saturday between militias of rival political groups. Several men opened fire Friday night through a window of a house where the victims, ages 10 to 20, were staying, township residents told the South African Press Association.DETAINED: Colombian authorities on Saturday captured Carlos Arturo Velandia, who they say is the fourth in command of the National Liberation Army guerrilla group, press reports in Bogota said. Military officials said Arturo, also known as Commander Felipe Torres, was captured early Saturday in Bogota, RCN radio reported.

FIGHT: Muslim fundamentalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, fought Saturday with supporters of an author charged with blaspheming the Koran, Islam's holy book. At least 20 people were hurt. The extremists, who want author Taslima Nasrin to be hanged, clashed with college students who, in turn, demanded death for a radical Muslim leading the campaign against her.

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ARRESTED: Police in Mamaroneck, N.Y., have arrested a man who allegedly exchanged sexually explicit E-mail with a 14-year-old girl for months and then flew cross-country to meet her. Alan Paul Barlow, 51, of Seattle, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, said Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro.

ACCIDENT: The basket of a hot-air balloon hit a power line in Carol Stream, Ill., Saturday and caught fire, dropping the three men aboard 30 feet and knocking out electricity to 500 homes. Two of the riders - Donald W. Swanson, 61, and David L. James, 47 - were critically injured. The third man, Robert M. Langeness, 54, was in serious condition.

SENTENCED: A man in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., convicted of hiring hit men to kill his ex-wife so he could avert a $180,000 divorce settlement, was sentenced to life in prison. Paul Hamwi, 48, will be eligible for parole in 25 years for the 1983 killing of Susan Hamwi. A co-defendant, Paul Serio, also received a life sentence Friday. Jurors recommended the sentences, rejecting the death penalty. Hamwi, a developer from Aspen, Colo., was acquitted in the death of his 18-month-old daughter, Shane, who died of dehydration when her mother was killed.