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Australia

CANBERRA — Authorities are holding a Uruguayan government official from a ship suspected of illegally fishing in Antarctic waters, an Australian official said Sunday. Uruguayan fisheries official Eduardo Merello was detained Aug. 27 when armed South African police boarded the trawler Viarsa following a three-week chase by Australian customs officers. The chase began in Australia's Antarctic waters.

Botswana

GABORONE — Donning both shimmering evening gowns and traditional Botswana costumes of animal-skin skirts, porcupine quills adorning their hair, 14 women competed Saturday in a beauty pageant for HIV positive women and their relatives. Some 38 percent of Botswana's people are HIV positive, the highest infection rate in the world. Infected people are often ostracized, and the organizers of the Miss HIV Stigma-Free pageant said they hoped the contest would show the disease does not have to prevent women from being vibrant and beautiful.

China

BEIJING — The son of a former Chinese governor and five others have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for corruption, state media reported Sunday. Li Bo, the son of former Yunnan province Gov. Li Jiating, was given the heaviest sentence by the Kunming Municipal Intermediate Court on Friday, newspapers reported.

England

LONDON — Police staged a chemical weapons attack on the London Underground on Sunday, simulating a terror strike underneath the heart of the financial district near the mayor's residence. Hundreds of police and emergency services personnel conducted the drill in the Square Mile to test how well emergency services would react to a terrorist strike.

LONDON — A Briton who was jailed in Saudi Arabia over a series of bombings said he was punched, kicked and beaten with sticks in a bid to extract a confession, according to an interview broadcast Sunday.

India

NEW DELHI — Indian and U.S. commandos are training together in the rugged Himalayan mountain region near India's borders with China and Pakistan, a U.S. Embassy official said Sunday. The three-week exercises in the Ladakh region of Jammu-Kashmir state will conclude later this month, the officer said on condition of anonymity. The official declined to give further details.

Indonesia

JAKARTA — A ferry boat traveling from Indonesia's Bali island sank early Sunday, killing at least six people and leaving dozens missing, news reports said. About 150 people were rescued by fishing boats after the Wirmala Dharma ferry sank on its way to Lombok island in eastern Indonesia, private El-Shinta radio said.

JAKARTA — Wayan Limbak, a Balinese dancer who helped create the island's famous Monkey Dance, has died, a news report said Sunday. He was 106. Working with German painter Walter Spies in the 1930s, Limbak adopted a traditional exorcism ritual to invent the dance, known in Indonesian as Kecak.

Israel

JERUSALEM — An Israeli military court sentenced a former Palestinian police officer to two consecutive life prison sentences Sunday for the killings of two Israeli soldiers three years ago. Raed Sheikh, 29, had been convicted last month in the two Israeli reservists' killings in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Oct. 12, 2000.

Liberia

MONROVIA — Liberian authorities will pull government forces from a main road connecting the newly calm capital with the volatile interior, making way for African peacekeepers to enter the countryside, the defense minister said Sunday. A peacekeeper deployment planned for Saturday was postponed after Defense Minister Daniel Chea said he needed to remove his forces first.

Macedonia

SKOPJE — Macedonian police clashed with ethnic Albanian militants in the volatile north Sunday and reported killing several men in what they said was a major sweep against groups that threaten the Balkan country's fragile peace.

Pakistan

BANNU — Attackers fired three rockets at a small airport being used as a base by Pakistani troops hunting for al-Qaida and Taliban fugitives, but there were no injuries or damage, a military official said Sunday. The attack happened late Friday in Bannu, about 155 miles southwest of the capital Islamabad, said Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, a military spokesman.