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WORLD IN BRIEF

Tuesday, May 3, 2005; Page A16

26 Killed When Explosives Detonate in Afghan Village

BASHGAH, Afghanistan -- A militia commander's stockpile of explosives detonated Monday in a remote Afghan village, flattening a half-dozen houses and a mosque and killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 30 in what appeared to be the deadliest accident of its kind since the U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban regime in 2001.

The blast shook the farming hamlet in the mountains of Baghlan province, 75 miles north of Kabul.

THE MIDDLE EAST

KUWAIT CITY -- A push to allow women to participate in local elections stalled when religious and conservative lawmakers abstained en masse from a key vote in parliament, leaving the measure undefeated but short of the number of votes needed for passage.

MUSCAT, Oman -- A state security court convicted 30 people of plotting to overthrow Oman's sultan and install an Islamic government, but spared them the death penalty. Another defendant was convicted of a lesser crime.

EUROPE

AMSTERDAM -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized for the suffering and pain Japan's military inflicted on thousands of Dutch prisoners during World War II.

Koizumi is in Amsterdam on the last leg of a six-day trip to India, Pakistan and Luxembourg.

-- From News Services


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