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Australia

SYDNEY — Political firebrand Pauline Hanson said on Monday her One Nation party's electoral comeback was in part a backlash at the Australian government's "soft" approach to boatpeople, who she accused of bringing diseases to Australia.

Britain

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Police raided a bomb factory believed to be run by Protestant paramilitaries, and seized a large cache of explosives and bomb components, authorities said Monday.

China

BEIJING — China has rejected Western diplomats' requests to monitor the subversion trial of a man who published information about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre on his Web site, diplomats said.

BEIJING — Courts in China's southeastern province of Fujian weighed appeals on Monday of officials convicted last November in the largest corruption case in the communist era, an official said. In November, courts in five Fujian cities sentenced 14 people to die in the first verdicts of the multi-billion dollar smuggling scandal.

Egypt

CAIRO — Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met in Cairo to discuss the Middle East peace process following Sharon's election.

Germany

BERLIN — Known around the world for their affinity for beer, Germans have found a way to keep it cool even if they are nowhere near a refrigerator. The Tucher brewery of Nuremberg says it has invented the first self-cooling keg.

India

BANGALORE — The U.S. NASDAQ stock exchange will provide funds to help rehabilitate 30 families hit by last month's devastating earthquake in western India, its vice-chairman, Alfred R. Berkeley, said on Monday.

Indonesia

TUBAN — Some 5,000 supporters of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid attacked a government office in volatile East Java, the latest in a wave of political violence rocking the nation's stability.

Israel

JERUSALEM — Video footage of a naked woman being beaten by an attacker who also allegedly raped her was broadcast on the national television news, spurring outrage and calls of protest to the state-run Israel Television.

Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY — Czech President Vaclav Havel cut short a visit to Kuwait and headed home for health reasons, official Kuwaiti sources said.

Libya

CAIRO, Egypt — The Libyan sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 Pan Am bombing reaffirmed his innocence and said in an interview published Monday that he is fasting to be closer to God.

Mozambique

MAPUTO — Floods in central and northern Mozambique have killed another seven people, bringing the total death toll in three weeks to 20, state radio reported Monday.

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD — A earthquake of mild intensity jolted parts of northern Pakistan on Monday but there was no immediate report of any damage, the Pakistan Meteorogical Department said.

Rwanda

KIGALI — Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said he will not attend a summit meeting on the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Rwandan troops are backing rebel forces that hold large swaths of territory.

South Korea

SEOUL — The South Korean city of Inchon said Monday it has changed the English spelling of its name to Incheon, part of an effort to help foreigners pronounce local names better.

Vietnam

HANOI — Police have placed two prominent dissidents in Vietnam's central highlands under formal house arrest after widespread anti-government protests by ethnic hill farmers.