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WORLD IN BRIEF

Sunday, May 1, 2005; Page A22

Iran Says It Will Likely Restart Uranium Enrichment Activities

TEHRAN -- Iran said Saturday that it is likely to resume uranium enrichment-related activities within a week, a process it halted last year to build confidence in talks with European countries and to avoid referral to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

Tehran's announcement came a day after talks in London with negotiators from European countries yielded no results. France, Britain and Germany, acting on behalf of the 25-nation European Union, are seeking guarantees from Iran that it will not use its nuclear program to make weapons, as Washington suspects it is attempting.

The Europeans want Iran to permanently abandon enrichment, a process that can produce nuclear reactor fuel and, when taken to a higher level, material for bombs.

AFRICA

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- Hundreds of people in Duekoue, the major cocoa-producing town in western Ivory Coast, have fled after their houses were attacked by members of a rival ethnic group.

ASIA

• KABUL, Afghanistan -- Warplanes attacked a rebel camp in a Taliban-haunted province of central Afghanistan, killing three civilians including a child as well as four suspected militants, the U.S. military said.

In another sign of instability, protesters in the western city of Herat shouted anti-American slogans and demanded the return of an ousted regional strongman, a day after a woman and her daughter were shot dead in unrest.

The shootings occurred during celebrations commemorating the fall of Afghanistan's communist government in 1992.

• TOKYO -- A passenger jet was ordered to land on a runway closed for repairs at the Tokyo airport used for domestic flights, and officials blamed the mishap on air traffic controllers. It landed safely.

• AMAGASAKI, Japan -- Workers hauled away mangled railway cars as they cleaned up the site of Japan's worst train crash in four decades, while police said the death toll from Monday's accident rose to 107 after a woman pulled from the wreckage several days ago died.

BEIJING -- A Chinese journalist who worked for a financial newspaper was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of giving state secrets to foreigners.

Shi Tao's family said the sentence was the minimum possible under his March conviction for "illegally providing state secrets to foreigners." They said the maximum was life in prison.

Shi worked at the Contemporary Business News, a financial publication, and was convicted of leaking the contents of a confidential memo at the paper to a foreign publication.

THE MIDDLE EAST

• GAZA -- The Palestinian Authority announced a new law-and-order campaign, pledging to put more police on the streets in a bid to boost public confidence in President Mahmoud Abbas.

• BEIRUT -- Cheering Lebanese -- some carrying banners reading, "Finally!" -- drove east in a convoy of 100 cars toward the abandoned Syrian intelligence headquarters, celebrating Damascus' military withdrawal from Lebanon after nearly three decades.

EUROPE

• VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican's No. 2 official, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, has been named dean of the College of Cardinals, the powerful position held by Benedict XVI before his election as pope.

-- From News Services


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