ASIA Gunmen Kill 22 in Indian Village GAUHATI, India -- Suspected separatist guerrillas knocked on the doors of villagers' homes in India's remote northeast yesterday, asked the men to come out and then killed 22 of them, survivors and police said.

Twelve others were reported wounded in the attack on Dadgiri, a village in Assam state close to India's border with Bhutan.

No group claimed responsibility for the killings, but police blamed rebels of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland. One official said the slaughter was carried out by about 15 suspected insurgents.

More than 10,000 people have died during the decade-long insurgency in Assam. Over the past three years, the rebels have staged hit-and-run strikes from well-entrenched bases in Bhutan.

Associated PressAFRICA Somali Factions Sign Cease-Fire NAIROBI -- Warring factions in Somalia signed a cease-fire to try to end a decade of bloodshed in the Horn of Africa country, where peace efforts often founder on shifting clan rivalries.

Diplomats called the accord the most inclusive peace deal ever signed by the fractious militia bosses who have flourished in the chaos of civil war.

"Somali faction leaders have recognized reality," Hassan Abshir Farah, prime minister of the shaky Transitional National Government, said from the Kenyan town of Eldoret, where the factions have held peace talks for almost two weeks. Diplomats from the European Union, the United States, Italy, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Egypt signed the accord as witnesses.

The accord's main points were a cease-fire, a commitment to set up a federal constitution, better access for humanitarian agencies and commitments to fighting terrorism and pursuing reconciliation.

Somalia disintegrated into anarchy after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in 1991 as clans pressured by famine and political turmoil launched battles for territory.

ReutersEUROPE Serb Turnout Low in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- Many Serbs stayed away from voting in Kosovo on Saturday, the third election since the province came under U.N. and NATO control in 1999. The low turnout dashed Western hopes that the beleaguered Serb minority would show willingness to engage in local politics with majority ethnic Albanians.

Among Albanians, projections indicated the biggest party, the Democratic League of Kosovo led by President Ibrahim Rugova, lost some ground to parties that emerged from the guerrilla force that battled Yugoslav troops in 1998-99 in Kosovo.


Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling bloc declared victory in midterm elections, with early results showing it won five of the seven parliamentary seats up for grabs. . . . Powerful winds lashed Britain and northwestern Europe, killing at least 24 people and causing major travel disruptions and serious damage to buildings.