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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS - Masked assailants shot and hacked to death four members of a family, including a 6-year-old girl, in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, police and witnesses said.


HAVANA - The trial of an American accused of plotting attacks against Cuba's communist state was postponed so his Florida-based legal team could be present.


BELGRADE - Police beat nearly 200 people during this week's protests in Belgrade and Kosovo, human rights groups charged, and opposition politicians demanded that police commanders be held criminally responsible.

United Arab Emirates

DUBAI - A U.S. Navy frigate operating in the Persian Gulf helped an Iraqi dhow that had drifted without power for three days, the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said.


ASUNCION - Paraguay's President Juan Carlos Wasmosy ordered top presidential candidate former Gen. Lino Oviedo detained for 30 days for insulting him.


TORONTO - The Canadian Red Cross said that it alerted hospitals across the country that up to 100,000 patients may have received blood products from a donor linked to the deadly Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands urged countries that fought World War II battles in and around its territory to help with the huge task of clearing munitions and sunken ships littering the area.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka called on the United States and other rich countries to declare the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group, deny them funds and campaign against the recruitment of child soldiers throughout the world.


BEIJING - China's leaders tightened restrictions on the movements of a former Communist Party chief after he urged them to reconsider their view of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement, a human rights group said.


JAKARTA - Indonesia began cracking down on companies suspected of starting the forest and brush fires that have shrouded much of Southeast Asia with an eye-burning haze for weeks.


AMSTERDAM - To accommodate growth, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - one of Europe's busiest - won a waiver from the government allowing it to exceed noise limits.


ZAGREB - U.S. assurances that he will receive a speedy trial have persuaded a Bosnian Croat accused of war crimes to surrender to a U.N. tribunal, his lawyer said.


STOCKHOLM - Pippi Long-stocking has changed her hosiery and changed her ways, to the dismay of Swedish critics reviewing the new animated movie about the classic troublemaker.


ANKARA - Turkish jets bombed escape routes used by Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, even as the government moved to normalize life in Turkish provinces once plagued by guerrilla violence.


ALGIERS - Armed men killed 38 people in a pre-dawn attack, slitting their throats or cutting off their heads before setting the victims' houses on fire, witnesses said.