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SLAYING: The former leader of an ultra-rightist group that defended the imperial family was shot to death in Tokyo, police said Thursday. Hiroyuki Tanaka, the 42-year-old former leader of Kodo Rengo, was found lying in a residential parking lot with a chest wound, a police official said. He died at the scene. Residents said they heard several shots and saw two men fleeing the area on a motorcycle, the official said. There were no immediate arrests.COMPLAINT: Iran deplored the renewal of U.N. gulf war sanctions against Iraq, saying Thursday the West did not care that the economic measures killed innocent Iraqis. The U.N. Security Council, at a regular 60-day review of the curbs, Wednesday kept the sanctions, imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion on Kuwait, because it said Baghdad had yet to comply fully with peace terms. Tehran Radio said in a commentary that Washington led efforts against lifting the curbs because it wanted to keep the gulf situation tense in order to justify its military presence in the region.

UNREST: Police in Johannesburg, South Africa, fired tear gas and rubber bullets Thursday to disperse mixed-race protesters from Soweto who want their rent and utilities rates cut to match those of their black neighbors. Residents of mixed-race settlements in and around Soweto, the sprawling black township southwest of Johannesburg, built barricades in streets and tried to prevent people from going to work. Police reported demonstrations and marches in several areas, and said tear gas and rubber bullets were used to break up crowds so roads could be cleared of burning tires, boulders and other barricades.

BOMB: Ten people died and 17 were injured in a bomb explosion inside a refugee camp in Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, the private PPI news agency said Thursday. The bomb exploded Wednesday evening near Kotli town at a camp housing refugees from the Indian-ruled part of the disputed Himalayan region, it said. There was no word about who set off the bomb.

Across the nation

CHANGING: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has agreed to change an anti-fur ad campaign featuring River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain. The proposed ads featured photos of Phoenix and Cobain with the headlines: "I Wouldn't Be Caught Dead in Fur," and "You Need Fur Like You Need a Hole in Your Head." Phoenix, star of "My Own Private Idaho," died last year of a drug overdose. Cobain, leader of the ground-breaking grunge group Nirvana, committed suicide in April with a shotgun blast to the head. Both were active animal rights activists.

PAYING UP: A junior college in Santa Rosa, Calif., has agreed to pay two female students $15,000 each because of de-rog-a-tory sexual remarks made about them on a men-only computer bulletin board. Santa Rosa Junior College admitted no wrongdoing when it agreed to the settlement Wednesday. It did away with the men- and women-only message networks soon after the women complained.

In Washington

WIZARD? Marion Barry, Washington's former and possibly future mayor, disputed published charges Thursday that he is to blame for the city's fiscal problems, declaring "I am a financial wizard." Barry said he had created "one of the finest financial management system of anywhere in the world" during his time as mayor, and said he cut the city's deficit from $387 million to $213 million in 1990. "The fact of the matter is I am a financial wizard. I got us out of the problems we had when I came into office in 1979 . . . I balanced the budget 10 of my 12 years in office," Barry said on NBC's "Today" program.

Other news

A BRITISH SAILOR and his dog have been rescued after drifting for almost three weeks in rough seas off the east coast of Canada with little more than dog food to eat, a Coast Guard official said Wednesday in Halifax, Nova Scotia. . . . HEALTH OFFICIALS in Boston on Thursday warned pregnant women not to eat freshwater fish caught in Massachusetts because of health concerns over mercury contamination. . . . SINGAPORE denies charges that it is being vindictive by prosecuting a U.S. businessman whose son was accused of vandalizing cars. Robert Freehill's family says he is being targeted because officials were unable to prosecute his 17-year-old son, Stephen, in the vandalism case that led to the caning of Ohio teenager Michael Fay. . . . TWO MASKED ROBBERS opened fire in a busy sporting goods store in Oshawa, Ontario, killing one person and wounding three others, police and witnesses said.