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UNREST: The Irish Republican Army fired a rocket at security forces on patrol in the Catholic Poleglass area of west Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday. A Royal Ulster Constabulary spokesman said the rocket hit the rear of an armored police vehicle in the patrol, but no one was injured. The occupants of the vehicle were treated for shock.GO-AHEAD: A committee chaired by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has given the go-ahead to privatize the national airline, El Al. The government will sell off 51 percent of the shares in El Al, which has been in receivership for the past 13 years.

ACTOR DIES: Actor Mark McManus, the 60-year-old star of the popular Scottish television series "Taggart," died in a Glasgow hospital Monday. McManus, who was admitted to the hospital last week suffering from pneumonia, began his career in the theater but found fame as the gritty, dour detective Jim Taggart. The series attracted 13 million viewers in Britain and many more in the 27 countries where it is shown.

Across the nation

RIOT: An argument in Oakland, Calif., turned into a riot when police arrived at a lakeside festival Sunday, leaving at least 10 people injured, including a police officer. Gunfire was reported during the melee that broke out about 6 p.m. near Lake Merritt, but no one was believed to have been shot, said Officer Janet Oliveira.

ARRESTED: The son of Raymond Flynn, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, spent the weekend in jail, charged with threatening his mother with a shovel after a night out drinking in Boston. Raymond L. Flynn Jr. was arrested Saturday morning after his mother called police, saying he was chasing her around their home in South Boston, said police spokesman James Browning.

DEADLY FIRE: A woman and infant escaped a house fire that claimed the lives of her husband and three other children in Wausau, Wis. Sandra Elston, 31, rescued her 11/2-year-old baby Sunday, and suffered burns on her hands trying to save the other children, aged 7, 8 and 9, from the flames. Gary Elston, 37, also died. Firefighters said the fire may have been started by a cigarette on the couch, but a cause had yet not been determined.