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RWANDA DEATHS: Rwandan soldiers shot 22 people to death and wounded 40 others while trying to evict people from refugee camps set up during last year's ethnic turmoil, a U.N. official said Friday. The soldiers fired after refugees tried to grab a rifle Thursday evening, said Ismael Diallo, spokesman for the U.N. mission in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. He said U.N. military observers were investigating the incident. The shootings occurred near the southwest Rwandan town of Kibeho, where the government began closing several camps Tuesday to force about 250,000 refugees to return to their communities.

MORE TROOPS LEAVE: Another 400 British soldiers left Northern Ireland Friday in response to enduring cease-fires by the Irish Republican Army and pro-British paramilitaries. That brings to 800 the number of British soldiers withdrawn from the province this year. About 17,500 remain. The IRA began a cease-fire on Sept. 1 in exchange for a role for its political ally, Sinn Fein, in eventual all-party talks on the future of the province. The mainly Protestant paramilitaries began their cease-fire on Oct. 14.

PHILIPPINES QUAKES : A series of powerful earthquakes rocked the central Philippines Friday, damaging buildings, cutting communication systems and sending hundreds of people fleeing into the streets. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the series of temblors that hit near the port city of Tacloban, 350 miles south of Manila. The institute said four quakes, the strongest estimated at 7.0 on the open-ended Richter scale, hit just south of Tacloban.

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OFFICERS SHOT: A transsexual fatally shot a police officer and a prosecutor's investigator, wounded the officer's brother, then held authorities at bay for 14 hours before surrendering Friday morning, police in Haddon Heights, N.J., said. Leslie Nelson, who was known as Glenn Beatty before undergoing a sex-change operation, surrendered at 4:30 a.m., Camden County Prosecutor Edward F. Borden Jr. said at a news conference. Two officers went to the house Thursday to investigate a report that a 3-year-old child who lived there had been sexually abused, said assistant prosecutor Thomas Audino.

DEADLY FEUD? When Scott Auerbach and David Froehlich moved into their own apartment last September, they were two young men eager to taste the freedoms of life on their own. Their friend Jason Trusewicz moved in a few months later. But about a month ago, a bounced rent check touched off a bitter dispute with their landlord, Geoff Ferguson. Ferguson ripped out the apartment's toilet, threw the men's belongings in the driveway, and stole $3,000 worth of compact discs, stereo and video equipment, according to his tenants' families. Auerbach and Trusewicz then sued Ferguson in small claims court. On Tuesday night, the apartment in Redding, Conn., went up in flames with the three men and two friends inside. Authorities said Thursday that all five men had been shot in the head. Ferguson, a self-employed handyman, was arrested at his home in Powells Point, N.C., and was being held on $500,000 bond until authorities could bring him to Connecticut to question him in the slayings.