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Japan

TOKYO — A fairly strong earthquake struck Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido early today , the Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The temblor with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 hit at 2:26 a.m. with the greatest force in the city of Nemuro on Hokkaido's eastern seaboard, the agency said.

YOKOTA AIR BASE — Remains believed to be those of 14 American servicemen missing in action from the Korean War were delivered Saturday to the U.S. military.

South Africa

CAPE TOWN — An explosion rocked a Cape Town nightclub on Saturday, injuring at least one person, an eyewitness said.

Kenya

NAIROBI — Wielding clubs, stones and bottles, ruling party activists disrupted an opposition rally Saturday and blocked the entrance to parliament to keep government critics from discussing constitutional reforms in Kenya. Seven people were seriously injured, police said.

Venezuela

CARACAS — Fresh from a landslide re-election, Hugo Chavez took the presidential oath of office Saturday, promising to complete his "social revolution" for the poor but plagued by allegations that he's leading Venezuela into an economic abyss.

Burundi

BUJUMBURA — Riot police on Saturday clubbed Tutsi demonstrators trying to mobilize opposition to a Burundi peace agreement that President Clinton is being asked to endorse on a trip to east Africa next week.

Yugoslavia

CRKVENA VODICA — NATO peacekeepers increased patrols in a Kosovo village Saturday, a day after nine Serb children were injured in a grenade attack. The attack came just hours after an explosion in the province's capital wounded one woman and damaged several political offices.

South Korea

SEOUL — North and South Korean officials will meet next month to discuss establishing a special zone where families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War can meet their relatives on a regular basis, officials said Saturday.

Lebanon

KHIAM — The leader of the Hezbollah guerrillas warned Saturday that his group would do "anything and everything" to recover prisoners still languishing in Israeli prisons. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, speaking at a rally to express solidarity with former detainees, also called on Palestinians to follow the Lebanese example of resisting Israeli occupation.

Russia

NAZRAN — The body of a pro-Russia Chechen official's son was found Saturday bound to a tree and bearing deep wounds from a grenade explosion, officials said. The 18-year-old son of the mayor of Urus-Martan was kidnapped Wednesday and killed with a grenade, said an official of the pro-Moscow Chechen government.

Germany

HAMBURG — Thousands of anti-Nazi activists demonstrated in three German cities on Saturday, while a court struck down a ban on a planned neo-Nazi demonstration in the northern port city of Hamburg set for today.

Colombia

BOGOTA — Colombian police on Saturday seized 5,500 pounds of cocaine buried on a farm near the country's Caribbean coast thatthey said was used by right-wing paramilitary groups as a drug depot.

Sweden

STOCKHOLM — Twenty-six Swedish teenagers were treated for minor injuries after being crushed in an unruly crowd outside a free discotheque in the center of Stockholm on Saturday night. Six of the injured, most of whom were under 15 years old, were taken to a children's hospital and the rest were treated on the spot for shock and breathing problems, police inspector Lars Gronskog said.

England

LONDON — Leading British anesthesiologists have called for brain-dead organ donors to be administered anesthetics before their organs are removed amid fears they could still be aware of pain, the Guardian reported on Saturday.