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COPENHAGEN — Police have ruled that the deaths of nine people in a crush at a rock festival featuring the band Pearl Jam was a freak accident and safety precautions were sufficient.


NAPLES — Angry mourners filled a Naples cathedral Saturday for the funeral of a teenage scooter driver who was shot and killed for running a police checkpoint. Mario Castellano, 17, ran the checkpoint because he wasn't wearing a helmet and didn't want to be ticketed.


PEACE RIVER, Alberta — The families of two Americans accidentally shot and killed while moose hunting in Alberta five years ago have won a $730,000 settlement from the shooter and outfitting company.


CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has denied an allegation by a Cuban defector that Cuban intelligence is working to infiltrate Venezuelan society to spread communism.


ZAMBOANGA — Three Malaysians and two Filipinos kidnapped by guerrillas from a diving resort three months ago are likely to be released soon, government negotiators said Saturday.


QUETZALTENANGO — An outbreak of meningitis at a hospital in Guatemala's second-largest city has left 13 newborns dead and five others seriously ill, officials said Saturday.


CALCUTTA — Five Russians convicted of providing weapons to rebels in eastern India were released Saturday following pressure from the Russian government.


NAZRAN — Independence fighters mounted a series of hit-and-run attacks on Russian troops in Chechnya, lobbing shells on Russian posts in the capital of Grozny and detonating a mine under a truck carrying soldiers.


PARIS — A majority of the French public is favorable to government plans to grant more autonomy to the troubled Mediterranean island of Corsica, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday.


MADRID — Spain's opposition Socialists elected Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, a 39-year-old little-known lawmaker with plans to modernize the party, as their new leader on Saturday, four months after a stinging electoral defeat.


BEIRUT — Hezbollah denied Saturday it had anything to do with 18 people arrested in North Carolina and charged by U.S. authorities with smuggling cigarettes to raise money for the guerrilla group in Lebanon.


LUANDA — Wrapping up a four-day peace conference, Angola's religious leaders urged the government and UNITA rebels to declare a cease-fire as a first step toward ending their protracted civil war.


LONDON — Former Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie was buried on Saturday at the cathedral of his home town of St. Albans in Hertfordshire after a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners.


DHAKA — Police said they recovered a large quantity of explosives buried in a soccer field where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to address a public rally Saturday.


CAIRO — Rescue squads have ended their search for bodies in the ruins of a clothing factory in northern Egypt that collapsed last week, killing 20 people.


NAIROBI — Power went off across Kenya on Saturday and the nation of 29 million people will be largely without electricity for the next two days because of technical problems.