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CANBERRA — Human-rights groups urged Australia on Monday to lift a freeze on processing Afghan refugee claims as a hunger strike by about 200 detainees at a camp for illegal immigrants entered its sixth day.


BEIJING — China stepped up efforts Monday to win acceptance of its fight with Muslim separatists in its northwest, issuing a report accusing one group of being part of Osama bin Laden's terror network and of getting weapons and money from him.


ZAGREB — A Croatian court postponed the trial of a general accused of atrocities against Serbs for a ninth time on Monday, prompting speculation the international war crimes tribunal might take over his case.

East Timor

DILI — East Timor launched a truth commission Monday to heal deep rifts in society after 25 years of political unrest that left thousands of people dead.


TEGUCIGALPA — A trucking carrying coffee workers crashed in western Honduras Sunday, killing 10 people and injuring 38, an official said.


KUALA LUMPUR — Five supporters of jailed former Malaysian deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, who are being held without trial, have started to cut down on their meals to protest their detention, their sympathizers said on Monday.


MEXICO CITY — A small plane crashed on the Baja California peninsula in northwestern Mexico Sunday, killing the two American tourists on board, reported news agency Notimex.


RABAT — Foreign ministers from 15 Muslim countries will hold an emergency meeting in Morocco on Friday to discuss Israel's "destruction of Palestinian Authority's symbols," a senior Palestinian diplomat said on Monday.


KATMANDU — Five Maoist rebels were killed and two others injured in the latest army operation against guerrillas fighting to topple Nepal's constitutional monarchy and elected government, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.


MANILA — The Philippines set up on Monday a new court to try corruption cases against former president Joseph Estrada after one of the judges in the original court hearing the cases retired and another was relieved of his job.


VLADIKAVKAZ — More than 50 people, including a former member of the Russian parliament, have been detained in connection with a mine blast that killed seven Russian servicemen near Chechnya.


DUBAI — Somalia, cited as a possible haven for Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida followers, has taken into custody around 20 people, including foreigners, for possible links to terrorism, the information minister was quoted on Monday as saying.

South Africa

BESTERS — About a dozen gunmen launched a dawn raid on a township in eastern South Africa Monday, killing seven people and injuring three others, police said.


KHARTOUM — Six Sudanese died and many others were injured when tribal clashes broke out over the weekend and the army intervened to break up the fighting, a newspaper reported on Monday.


TAIPEI — Taiwan's president picked a new premier on Monday to lead a reshuffled Cabinet that will help him face what's expected to be the most crucial period of his presidency. The leadership change promoted presidential aide Yu Shyi-kun to premier, the island's No. 3 ranking leader.


DIYARBAKIR — Turkish police have detained 55 suspected Islamic radicals accused of recruiting members from mosques in the southeastern capital of Diyarbakir, security officials said on Monday.


PRISTINA — An officer of the Kosovo Protection Corps, his pregnant wife and son were seriously injured by a remote-controlled bomb late on Sunday, U.N. officials in the Yugoslav province said on Monday.


HARARE — Zimbabwe police patrolled part's of Bulawayo on Monday after at least 20 people were hurt the day before in street battles involving opponents of President Robert Mugabe, local residents and journalists said.