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WORLD IN BRIEF

Monday, April 11, 2005; Page A14

Israeli Police Block Jewish Demonstrators

JERUSALEM -- With a big show of force around a disputed holy site, Israeli police on Sunday blocked a small rally by right-wing Jews that officials had feared might ignite a new round of bloodshed.

After weeks of calm, the city was under extraordinarily tight security as 3,000 police officers set up barricades in and around Jerusalem's walled Old City to prevent Jewish demonstrators from entering the Temple Mount, a hilltop site sacred to Jews and Muslims and a spark for past violence.

But only a few dozen protesters made their way past a thick blanket of police.

THE AMERICAS

MEXICO CITY -- The head of a Mexican newspaper who had written about the Gulf drug cartel has been shot to death, the latest in a series of attacks on Mexican journalists, the newspaper said.

Raul Gibb Guerrero, 53, an editor at La Opinion in the coastal state of Veracruz, was gunned down Friday night after having received death threats for months over stories about smugglers' links to the government.

ASIA

PADANG, Indonesia -- An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 rattled parts of Indonesia, sending people in this city on Sumatra island rushing out of their homes and heading toward high ground, fearing a tsunami.

BEIJING -- Rescuers searched Monday for 18 North Korean crew members missing after their cargo ship sank last week with 35 crew aboard about 60 miles from Dandong, the government said.

AFRICA

JOHANNESBURG -- The South African party that introduced apartheid and enforced racial segregation for 50 years has voted itself out of existence after a series of stinging electoral defeats.

The federal council of the New National Party, renamed from the National Party in 1997, voted Saturday for a motion to disband the party, with of 88 in favor and two against. Three people abstained.

EUROPE

WEIMAR, Germany -- Elderly survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp laid flowers and observed a moment of silence for victims of the Nazis, 60 years after U.S. troops liberated the camp.

THE MIDDLE EAST

CAIRO -- A Frenchman wounded in last week's bombing at a Cairo street market died while being flown back to France for treatment, bringing the death toll in the attack to four, police and the French Embassy said.

SANAA, Yemen -- The British embassy in Yemen reopened on Sunday after a one-day closure prompted by concerns about possible militant attacks in the Arab state, but the U.S. Embassy remained shut, embassy officials said.

U.S. Embassy spokesman John Balian did not say when the mission would reopen.

-- From News Services


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