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BERLIN - Just three months after the military was embarrassed by a homemade video showing soldiers pretending to carry out rapes and killings, more tapes surfaced with scenes of army officers giving the Hitler salute and talking about killing Jews. In Bonn, Defense Minister Volker Ruehe ordered an investigation into the newly discovered videos.


MOSCOW - Gunmen in combat fatigues kidnapped two Hungarian charity workers in the Chechen capital Grozny, officials said.


ALGIERS - Under tight security and a backdrop of violence, Algerians chose local leaders Thursday for the first time in a nearly 6-year-old Muslim insurgency. Many were skeptical the vote would help end the conflict that has left an estimated 75,000 dead.


The Makah Indian tribe of the United States obtained the right from the International Whaling Commission to resume their ancient whaling tradition and hunt grey whales, U.S. officials said.

Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO - At least three people were reported killed and 20 injured in clashes between police and demonstrators protesting long power cuts.


JAKARTA - Forest and brush fires are gradually being brought under control, but smog from months of burning is still posing problems at home and abroad, a senior environmental official said.


ANKARA - A uneasy six-day old ceasefire between Iraqi Kurd militias in northern Iraq appeared to be largely holding on Thursday, spokesmen for the parties said.


RANGOON - A member of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party has died in custody, Burma's military government said. Kyaw Din, 58, died at a prison hospital of acute pulmonary edema.


DOHA - The government has stopped issuing entry visas to foreigners as a security measure in the run-up to the Middle East and North Africa economic conference that opens Oct. 20, government officials said.


PRAGUE - Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, whose Civic Democratic Party dominates the ruling coalition, pledged his party would stick to its program despite the surprise resignation of Foreign Minister Josef Zieleniec.


CARACAS - About 200 schoolchildren were hospitalized after eating spoiled snacks of ham, milk and corn cakes that caused vomiting, diarrhea and itching.

St. Lucia

CASTRIES - An explosion that blew apart a boat on a scuba-diving trip last week was an accident, police on the Caribbean island say. The blast killed a New Jersey tourist and three resort workers.


BRUSSELS - The European Commission said it had agreed to allow Belgian police to search one of its child-care centers following allegations that two workers had sexually abused a 3-year-old boy.


VIENNA - Scientists from 10 countries said they had no evidence that mobile telephones can cause cancer, but they called for speedy research into the effects of electromagnetic fields on the human body.