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BAKU -- A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7 destroyed several buildings Friday in Azerbaijan, killing at least one person and injuring 10, officials said. The epicenter of the earthquake was near the town of Agdash, 135 miles west of the capital, Baku.TURKEY

ISTANBUL -- Police killed two members of a radical leftist group believed to be preparing a rocket attack on the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.


BUENOS AIRES -- Newly released government data show that more than 4,000 Argentines earn state pensions of more than $3,000 a month, compared with pensions of less than $200 a month for most elderly pensioners. The government made the "privilege pensions" public after a scandal that forced out a highly paid Cabinet minister.


MOSCOW -- The opposition-dominated lower house of parliament approved two tax-related laws, moving forward on a program that the International Monetary Fund says is essential to unlock new loans.


AHMEDABAD -- Rescuers have recovered 451 bodies from seas off western India, perplexing officials who had estimated that 300 fishermen were missing after a severe cyclone lashed the Arabian Sea two weeks ago.


DUBAI -- Two Saudis and a Pakistani were beheaded for smuggling drugs into the kingdom, state news agency SPA reported.


LONDON -- A British judge set Sept. 27 as the date for the start of extradition hearings against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.


HARARE -- The government reduced allegations against three Americans who have been held since May 7 on suspicion of terrorism, espionage and sabotage.


BANGKOK -- The Foreign Ministry said it had drawn up a contingency plan to evacuate Thai nationals from Indonesia in case of violence in next week's election.


BEIJING -- The nation will give famine-stricken communist neighbor North Korea 150,000 tons of grain and 400,000 tons of coal this year, Premier Zhu Rongji told a visiting senior Pyongyang official.


HANOI -- Prominent Protestant pastor Tran Dinh (Paul) Ai, who was detained when Hanoi police raided a Bible meeting four weeks ago, has been released, a source close to the man said.


JAKARTA -- Violence marred the final day of campaigning for Indonesia's historic election when rock-throwing mobs attacked supporters Friday of the ruling Golkar Party.


MADRID -- Spanish tenor Alfredo Kraus was released from the hospital, a week after being admitted with what was described as a serious illness.


BAGHDAD -- Authorities have mounted a nationwide crackdown on gasoline smugglers, slapping them with stiff penalties that include a minimum prison term of 10 years for violators.


LIMA -- Shining Path guerrillas ambushed and opened fire on a truck crammed with passengers on a remote jungle track, killing six people in one of the few rebel attacks this year, police said.