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Britain

LONDON — Two demonstrators kept up a protest inside a British radar base that could play a key role in the U.S. "Son of Star Wars" missile defense system, officials said.

Cambodia

PHNOM PENH — Three people were killed and at least 11 injured in two bomb blasts that rocked the center of the Cambodian capital.

Croatia

ZAGREB — Slobodan Milosevic's wife said she felt lost without her husband, who was handed over to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague last week.

Cyprus

AKROTIRI BASE — Troops and police battled demonstrators near a British military base on Cyprus overnight when a dispute over huge telecommunications masts suspected of posing a health risk spiraled out of control.

Egypt

CAIRO — Archaeologists in Egypt said that they have uncovered the tomb of a priest who served under the pharaohs more than 3,000 years ago.

France

PERIGUEUX — Vivid prehistoric engravings that could date back as far as 28,000 B.C. have been found in a cave in western France, regional officials said.

Germany

BERLIN — Germany must admit 50,000 immigrants a year or face severe labor shortages as the country's population shrinks and ages, a government commission said.

BERLIN — Helmut Kohl's lawyers went before a court seeking to block the release of conversations secretly recorded by East German spies — archives lawmakers would like to use in their investigation into a slush fund scandal.

India

NEW DELHI — India announced it would free over 400 Pakistani prisoners held in the country as a goodwill measure ahead of next week's summit with its long-time foe, Pakistan.

MADRAS — Authorities in India's Tamil Nadu state released a prominent 77-year-old opposition politician whose arrest on corruption charges was condemned by the national government.

Indonesia

JAKARTA — Indonesia mourned the country's top corruption fighter, whose death Tuesday is a major blow to embattled President Abdurrahman Wahid's stumbling efforts to root out endemic graft.

JAKARTA — Seventeen people have been killed in an outbreak of violence in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, including a group of 13 mostly women and children hacked to death by masked attackers, police said.

Iran

TEHRAN — Fifty men and women have been lashed for behaving indecently and dancing obscenely at a birthday party in Tehran, a government newspaper reported.

Israel

JERUSALEM — A careless Israeli robber led police straight to his door by leaving a trail of money on the pavement after holding up a Jerusalem post office, the Ha'aretz newspaper said.

Japan

OKINAWA CITY — Tempers flared as local police wanting to arrest a U.S. Air Force sergeant suspected of raping an Okinawan woman were kept waiting for a second day while Washington mulled whether to hand over the suspect.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST — A gunman on a motorcycle killed a Catholic teenager in the bitterly divided Northern Ireland town of Antrim.

Philippines

ZAMBOANGA — The military said that ransoms may have been paid for two Filipino hostages released this week by guerrillas in the Philippines.

Russia

MOSCOW — Expressing optimism about U.S.-Russia relations despite numerous disputes, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President Bush on Independence Day.

South Africa

KEMPTON PARK — Thousands of landless blacks descended on a dusty field near Johannesburg to buy plots of land for 25 rand ($3.11) in what authorities described as an illegal land grab.

Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM — Congolese President Joseph Kabila and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni held their first face-to-face peace talks as part of an effort to end the 3-year war in Congo.

Zimbabwe

HARARE — A national strike against President Robert Mugabe's economic policies and a fuel price increase shut down businesses and factories across the country, labor and business leaders said.