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BUENOS AIRES — One of the most infamous death squad leaders of Argentina's 1976-83 "Dirty War" dictatorship, Alfredo Astiz, turned himself in to police after an Italian court sought his arrest.


SALZBURG — Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic primed his republic for possible European Union membership, downplaying political turmoil in Yugoslavia and pledging cooperation in international war crimes trials.


COX'S BAZAR — Wild elephants charging into villages in southeastern Bangladesh killed two more people on Sunday, taking to four the total dead in recent attacks, forest officials said on Monday.


SOFIA — Bulgarian customs personnel said they had seized 198 pounds of heroin at the Turkish border in a Turkish-registered truck heading to Bosnia. Two Turkish citizens were detained by police, the Central Customs Directorate said.


BEIJING — China's southern provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi were warned of destructively powerful winds and rains over the next few days as Typhoon Durian approached.

BEIJING — A bus plunged off a sharp bend in a mountain road in southwest China, killing 28 people, a state-run newspaper said.


BERLIN — A passenger ferry stricken by an engine room fire as it crossed the Baltic Sea from Germany to Sweden was towed into a German port with all 227 people aboard uninjured, the ship's operator said.


ATHENS — Greece confirmed its first case of mad cow disease at a slaughterhouse in a northern town, agriculture and company officials said. The case was detected in a 5-year-old milk cow at the slaughterhouse in Sidirokastro, said Tassos Kalogerakis, president of the meat processing plant.


PATNA — Thirty-eight people have died of cerebral malaria in the eastern Indian state of Bihar in the past three weeks, the state's health minister said.

JAMMU — At least seven people including two security officers were killed in two separate gunbattles in the strife-torn Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Monday.


JAKARTA — President Abdurrahman Wahid accused his opponents of treason and admitted that he has been unable to forge a political compromise that would avert impeachment.


TEHRAN — Iranian judiciary agents arrested some 50 people, including British and French citizens, at a "depraved" party in a plush north Tehran suburb, Iran newspaper said on Monday. Mingling with the opposite sex, dancing with non-family members and not wearing Islamic dress are illegal in Iran and usually punishable by fines or lashes.


TOKYO — Two days after Japan's prime minister backed off of criticism of Washington's stance on global warming, the top government spokesman here said that Tokyo may seek to revise the Kyoto Protocol in order to lure the United States back.


SKOPJE — The new American envoy to Macedonia, seeking to jump start a peace plan that faltered two weeks ago, met with President Boris Trajkovski amid reports of fresh rebel mortar fire.


KARACHI — Tensions ran high in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, as polls opened for local government elections following a night of violence that left five people dead.


MOSCOW — Nobel Prize-winning physicist Nikolai Basov, whose work was fundamental to the development of lasers, has died at age 78, Russian news reports said.

South Korea

SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il visited the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang and praised China's communist leadership, the North's media said.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO — The only way to end the Tamil separatist insurgency is full-scale war, the government said, appearing to backtrack on peace efforts.


BANGKOK — The environmental activist group Greenpeace urged the Thai government to act swiftly against incineration of waste, which its said would have a severe impact on the sexual development of children.