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BAGRAM — An explosion caused by locals handling an unexploded rocket killed three people and injured five Friday at a house near the U.S. military headquarters at Bagram air base, officials and residents said.


BRASILIA — Brazil has rejected a U.S. request to send peacekeeping troops to Iraq because of the "difficult" security situation there, Defense Minister Jose Viegas said.


TORONTO — Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday that mixed-blood descendants of French settlers and Indians who can show a direct link to their historical community have the same broad hunting rights as so-called full-status Canadian Indians.


PARIS — Libya has offered to pay $1 million each to families of the victims of a 1989 French airline bombing — more than five times the amount of a previous compensation deal, the head of an association of terrorism victims said Friday.


HAGEN — Dutch-born Hebertus Bikker, an 88-year-old former Nazi SS fighter, collapsed Friday in court and was rushed to the hospital shortly after the start of his trial on charges he murdered a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.


LUCKNOW — A judge cleared India's second-most powerful politician Friday of charges he incited Hindu mobs to tear down a historic mosque in 1992, setting off years of bloody religious violence.

Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN — Blaring trumpets, uniformed soldiers and ragtag militia fighters with weeds tied around their heads marked the first anniversary of Ivory Coast's civil war with a brief ceremony Friday in honor of those who died.


TOKYO — Members of Japan's ruling party voted Friday for a new leader, with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi confident he would be re-elected to serve a new term and press ahead with reforms. Koizumi held a big lead over three lawmakers vying to replace him as head of the Liberal Democratic Party.


YANGON — Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was reported in stable condition after the Nobel Peace Prize winner underwent surgery Friday for an unspecified gynecological condition, her physician said.


KATMANDU — The confessed killer known as "the Serpent," accused of murdering dozens of tourists across Asia, was detained Friday for questioning in the deaths of two young women in 1975 in Nepal.


THE HAGUE — A Bosnian Serb army captain who confessed to his role in the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica testified Friday against his former commander, saying plans existed to ethnically cleanse the enclave.


KARACHI — A bomb hidden in a trash can on the 10th floor of an office building in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi on Friday shattered windows and rained debris onto the street below, but there were no reports of casualties, police said.


VLADIKAVKAZ — Rebel attacks and a mine blast have left seven Russian servicemen dead in the past 24 hours in the Kremlin's military campaign against Chechen separatists, an official said Friday.


PRISTINA — Thousands of cheering ethnic Albanians greeted Bill Clinton in Kosovo on Friday as he made his second visit to the province since assembling a coalition that halted a brutal crackdown by Serb forces.


CARACAS — An explosion near the presidential palace early Friday shattered windows and damaged a guard house but caused no injuries, fire officials said. Venezuela Interior Minister Lucas Rincon said an unknown type of explosive was hurled at the complex from a vehicle.


HARARE — Military police barred journalists from entering their offices Friday, defying a court order to allow the country's only independent daily newspaper to resume publishing.