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KABUL ATTACKED: Dozens of rockets slammed into a Kabul neighborhood on Sunday, killing at least 12 civilians and wounding more than 50, hospitals said. All the victims were in the Khairkhana section of Kabul, where residents have taken refuge from front-line fighting along the south and eastern edges of the city. The city's three main hospitals also reported 52 wounded, but the actual casualty toll was almost certainly higher.AGENTS MISSING: A Drug Enforcement Administration plane crashed in the jungles of Peru and five U.S. agents were missing, a spokesman said Sunday. DEA officials had not yet reached the site of Saturday's crash to confirm whether there were any survivors, but "it does look bleak from the air," said DEA spokesman Bill Ruzzamenti. The missing agents were assigned to "Operation Snowcap," a program aimed at stemming cocaine traffic from Peru and Bolivia. The twin-engine plane was traveling from Santa Lucia when it lost contact with air traffic control, the DEA said.
PREMIER RESURFACES: The North Korean premier has resurfaced in official media after briefly disappearing following the defection of a man claiming to be his son-in-law, officials said Sunday. Naewoe Press, South Korea's official Pyongyang watcher, said the reappearance indicates Kang Song San's power has not been undermined despite the defection. Kang's name appeared at the top of a list of North Korean leaders who attended a ceremony Saturday for the 20th anniversary of a book by Kim Jong Il, son and heir of the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.
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BOY DROWNS: A 5-year-old boy was tangled up in seaweed and drowned in Lake Erie Saturday while trying to rescue his 7-year-old sister. Ada Anne Crosby was pulled from the water, treated at a hospital and released. A half-hour later, a scuba diver found the body of her brother, Brian, wrapped in heavy seaweed, 8 feet down. The youngsters were wading on a sandbar during a church picnic at Presque Isle State Park when Ada Anne slipped over an underwater dropoff. Nearby adults rushed to the water and saved her, but her brother was gone.
SOLIDARITY: Fired NAACP leader Benjamin Chavis Jr. affirmed solidarity with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at a rousing Sunday service of the breakaway African-American Catholic church. Chavis also denounced as "a crime against humanity" the Clinton administration's policy of incercepting Haitian and Cuban refugees at sea to prevent them from reaching the United States. "We must say to our sisters and brothers in Cuba and Haiti we stand with you" and work for policy changes, he said. "You can take away my job, you can take away anything, but I am not going to forsake Mr. Farrakhan as my brother," Chavis said. The Chavis-brokered alliance with Farrakhan was one of the issues involved in his dismissal as executive director of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People.