Gunmen Said to Kill

25 Indian Separatists

GAUHATI, India -- At least 25 Indian separatists were killed in an attack by gunmen at a hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh, police in India said. However, Dhaka's Police Commissioner Ashraful Huda said he had no report of the incident.

"A group of Indian insurgents were apparently holding a meeting at a hotel in Dhaka's Segun Bagicha area when gunmen attacked and killed up to 25 of them," said G.M. Srivastava, police chief of the northeastern Indian state of Tripura.

Srivastava claimed most of those killed were members of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom, which has been fighting for an independent homeland for the indigenous population of Assam, the largest of India's seven northeastern states.


* GOMA, Congo -- Hundreds of civilians are fleeing the eastern Congolese town of Goma, fearing new clashes between government and rebel troops who battled over the nearby city of Bukavu last month.

Ferries leaving Goma, the lakeside provincial capital of North Kivu, were overloaded with passengers this week as residents fled to Bukavu, 60 miles to the south, at the opposite end of Lake Kivu.

Tension has been mounting steadily for weeks in Goma as some 13,000 government troops deployed to positions surrounding the town used as a rebel base.

Rebel forces clashed with advancing government troops this week in villages surrounding Kalehe, located half way between Goma and Bukavu, and Goma residents fear the fighting could soon come closer.

* TSAU, Botswana -- Hundreds of Herero tribespeople gathered in Botswana to pay homage to ancestors killed by German soldiers a century ago. Tribal leaders used the commemoration to press their demands for $4 billion in compensation from Germany's government and companies they accuse of enslaving and exploiting the Herero people during German rule of what is now Namibia.


* MUSCAT, Oman -- A court in Oman convicted an American woman of murdering her husband and sentenced her to death, the court said. Rebecca Thompson, her 14-year-old son, Derrick, and two Omani men were convicted of killing Mark Thompson on Jan. 1. Thompson of Tuttle, Okla., was found shot dead in a suburb of Muscat, the Omani capital. He worked for a local oil company. The court statement said the son was sentenced to a three-year suspended jail term and would be deported immediately. The two Omani men were each given a 10-year sentence.


* THESSALONIKI, Greece -- One of the main suspects in last year's assassination of Serb Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic has been arrested in Greece, authorities said. Dejan Milenkovic, 34, was captured in this northern port city late Friday night after more than 15 months on the run, police said.

* VIENNA -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting a birthday gift in his home country: a stamp in his honor.

The Austrian post office announced on its Web site that the $1.25 stamp will be released on the actor-turned-politician's birthday, July 30. Schwarzenegger, who will be 57, was born in the Austrian village of Thal.

-- From News Services