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TALLINN — Rescue teams lifted the wreckage of a helicopter from the Baltic Sea on Saturday, three days after it crashed off Estonia's coast killing 14 people, officials said.


BERLIN — Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder warned Saturday that using military force against Iran would not be "suitable," as he opened his campaign for next month's national election.


JAMMU — Suspected Islamic militants raided a remote mountain village in India's Jammu-Kashmir state and attacked two Hindu families as they dined together, killing five people, police said Saturday.


JAKARTA — A militant cleric jailed for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings will be among 53,000 inmates receiving sentence reductions to mark Indonesia's independence day, authorities and media reports said Saturday.

JAKARTA — A moderate earthquake shook parts of Indonesia's Sumbawa island on Saturday, but no damage or injuries were reported. The 5.6-magnitude quake was centered about 150 miles beneath the Flores sea and 25 miles northwest of Sumbawa Besar, according to Budi Waluyo of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency.


TEHRAN — Unrest has rocked Iran's northwestern region of Kurdistan in recent weeks, leading to the deaths of more than a dozen civilians and several members of the country's security forces.


COSENZA — A small plane carrying tourists crashed Saturday in southern Italy, killing at least two people, fire officials said. The plane went down in San Lorenzo Bellizzi, about 170 miles south of Naples, the fire department in Cosenza said, without giving further details.


FUKUOKA — Metal fragments found in a residential neighborhood fell from a JALways jet bound for Honolulu from Fukuoka Airport on Friday evening after an engine caught fire, police said. A boy and a man were injured when they were struck by some fragments, police said.


BEIRUT — The chief U.N. investigator into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is seeking more time to complete his work, a U.N. spokesman said Saturday.


KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysians saw a clear and sunny sky Saturday for the first time in days as a hazardous haze dissipated, allowing the government to lift an emergency order.

New Zealand

WELLINGTON — Former New Zealand prime minister David Lange, architect of the nation's anti-nuclear policy that strained relations with the United States, died Saturday. He was 63.


KARACHI — A Pakistani judge on Saturday gave police four more days to question an Islamic militant accused of arranging an initial meeting between slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and his kidnappers, a defense lawyer said.


MOGADISHU — Rival militias in arid southwestern Somalia battled Saturday for control over a village with pastures and wells. Twelve combatants died, and hundreds of residents fled, according to those in the area.

South Korea

SEOUL — North Korea on Saturday criticized joint military exercises involving South Korea and the United States, saying the maneuvers were a final preparation for an attack on the communist state.


ISTANBUL — A roadside bomb exploded in southeast Turkey on Saturday moments after the convoy of local governor passed, in what appeared to be an attack by Kurdish rebels, an official said. No injuries were reported, but some of the cars in the convoy were slightly damaged, he said.


Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday rejected the idea of Christianity as a religion of rules and prohibitions, and said on the eve of his trip to Germany for World Youth Day that it is "beautiful to be a Christian."