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HONG KONG — Hong Kong's government told its top court Monday it should seek Beijing's opinion in a case testing residency rights — one of the stickiest issues since the territory reverted from British to Chinese sovereignty.


ZAGREB — Croatia indicted former general Mirko Norac and four other men on Monday on charges of war crimes committed against Serb civilians during the 1991-95 war for independence, the public prosecutor's office said.


PARIS — Disgruntled French restaurant owners blocked French border crossings and channel ports on Monday to protest against unequal taxes they say give fast-food shops an unfair advantage.


ATHENS — A Greek farmer was charged with antiquities smuggling after he tried to sell a fourth century BC marble statue to policemen posing as buyers, the Culture Ministry said on Monday.


KORBA — Thousands rallied behind striking metal workers in central India on Monday, marking the fiercest challenge yet to the government's ambitious plan for sweeping privatization.


JAKARTA — More than 5,000 Madurese boarded a ship bound for Indonesia's main island of Java on Monday to escape a bloody campaign of violence on Borneo.


JERUSALEM — Israeli court workers broke down the door of a secluded monastery and evicted six Melkite monks who had locked themselves inside, refusing court orders to leave, the police said.


RABAT — Moroccan police have arrested two Spaniards on charges of trying to smuggle over two tons of cannabis resin to Europe, the official MAP news agency reported on Monday.


KATMANDU — A blind mountaineer and a climber with just one leg will try to reach the summit of Mount Everest in the spring season that ends in May, Nepali officials said Monday.


ROTTERDAM — Nine defendants on trial Monday had smuggled immigrants at least twice before organizing a voyage that ended with 58 Chinese immigrants suffocating in an airtight truck container on route to Britain, prosecutors said.


MANILA — The Philippines said on Monday it would file a case of economic plunder, which is punishable by death, against ousted president Joseph Estrada over almost $4 million he allegedly received from state pension funds.


DAKAR — Senegal's new prime minister, Mame Madior Boye, has reshuffled the government, removing members of the Alliance of Forces of Progress led by Moustapha Niasse, whom she replaced as premier on Saturday.


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Somali faction leaders opposed to the new government in Mogadishu began a summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday to form a common front against President Abdiqassim Salad Hassan.

South Africa

PRETORIA — Pharmaceutical companies faced off in court Monday against the South African government in a case that activists say is a landmark in the developing world's efforts to get cheap AIDS medications.


LUANGWA — Zambian authorities said on Monday raging floodwaters had killed at least six people and displaced 5,000 others in eastern Zambia's waterlogged Luangwa Valley.


HARARE — Zimbabwean police launched a manhunt on Monday for gunmen who killed the mother of a farmer slain last year at the start of a government campaign to seize white-owned farms for redistribution to blacks.