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YEMEN: Northern Yemeni gunners bombarded congested civilian areas of Aden Monday, and first reports said at least five children and five adults were killed by exploding shells. The children were killed as they played in a street in the poor residential quarter of Sheikh Othman, Arab radio and news broadcasts monitored in London said.CAPTURED: Burmese troops have captured seven strongholds of Shan warlord Khun Sa and killed at least 250 of the rebel leader's troops in a series of battles near the country's eastern border, Burmese radio announced Sunday night. In its most detailed report yet on fighting between government troops and Khun Sa's Muang Tai Army, state-run radio said a total of 111 clashes took place between May 11 and June 23 in the Mong Kyawt area.

NEW BISHOP: A priest born in Pakistan has been named the first non-white bishop of a British diocese of the Church of England, officials said Monday. Prime Minister John Major's office announced that Michael Nazir-Ali, 44, general secretary of the Church Missionary Society, was to become Bishop of Rochester in southern England. Nazir-Ali, who was Bishop of Raiwand in northern India between 1984 and 1986, has been an assistant bishop in the London diocese of Southwark since 1989.

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REFUGEES: Twelve more Cubans floated toward Florida Monday, bringing the number of Cubans arriving by sea this year to more than any year since the Mariel boatlift of 1980, the Coast Guard said. Fishing boat crews spotted nine people in 14-foot rowboat and another group of three off the Florida Keys this morning, bringing the total number of arrivals this year to 3,665.

GAY PRIDE: Unfurling a mile-long rainbow banner proclaiming their gay pride, tens of thousands of people marched Sunday in a peaceful tribute to the bar riot that ignited the gay rights movement 25 years ago. They marched arm in arm, hand in hand, out and proud under a bright, sunny sky. "It's amazing that in 25 years we've come so far, from when you couldn't get out of a gay bar to where you fill the streets proudly," said Jerry Clifford, who helped carry the giant nylon banner along what he called "a continuous path of freedom."