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Colombia

BOGOTA - Two schoolteachers were shot dead and two others injured in an attack in Colombia's northwest city of Medellin that may have been staged by disgruntled students, authorities said.

BOGOTA - An earthquake powerful enough to cause considerable damage in a populated area rocked southwest Colombia, but no injuries or serious damages were reported.

Mozambique

MAPUTO - Five people were missing Wednesday after a South African light plane crashed off the Mozambican coast. Radio Mozambique reported that the aircraft crashed into the sea Tuesday after trying to land in torrential rains.

Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA - An Ethiopian athletics official strongly denied that his federation was forcing athletes who trained abroad to hand over part of their earnings.

Philippines

MANILA - Moslem guerrillas released unharmed a Belgian Roman Catholic priest they kidnapped in the southern Philippines, a church official said.

Cambodia

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian First Prime Minister Ung Huot promised to request amnesty for his ousted predecessor if he is convicted by a military court.

Tajikistan

DUSHANBE - A French couple were kidnapped in the center of Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe during the night, the Interior Ministry in the former Soviet republic said.

Norway

OSLO - A Norwegian lesbian priest who "married" her female lover in defiance of church rules triggered a storm of controversy in Norway's parliament.

Algeria

Algeria, apparently reacting to a human rights group accusing its armed forces of massacring civilians, said on Wednesday it is committed to protecting human rights.

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a motion of confidence on Wednesday supporting Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Yemen

SANAA - U.S. diplomats in Yemen said an American citizen held hostage by local tribesmen for about 20 days was in good health and in constant contact with his family.

Taiwan

TAIPEI - A bus collided with a gravel truck in northern Taiwan, killing 11 people and injuring five.

China

BEIJING - Alarmed by growing numbers of rats, which are chewing their way through everything from power cables to grain supplies, Beijing health authorities are mobilizing residents in an anti-rodent campaign, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

India

NEW DELHI - The driver of a speeding, overcrowded school bus that plunged into a river, killing at least 30 children, has been charged with culpable homicide, which assumes no malice was intended.

Thailand

BANGKOK - U.N. investigators are looking into reports that Thai soldiers caused the deaths of two Burmese refugees, including an infant, and wounded four.

Japan

TOKYO - A U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing in the parking lot of a small town in western Japan. A spokeswomen for the U.S. Armed Forces in Japan said none of the three crew members aboard was injured.