China Holds American

On Suspicion of Spying

BEIJING -- China has detained an American on suspicion of spying for arch rival Taiwan, the U.S. Embassy said Friday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Xie Chunren, a Chinese-born U.S. citizen, has been under house arrest since May 31, suspected of "activities harmful to state security." The ministry did not elaborate.

A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said Xie had been detained "under suspicion of espionage for Taiwan." U.S. officials have visited Xie three times in detention and have frequent contact with his son in the United States, the spokeswoman said on customary condition of anonymity.


* KABUL, Afghanistan -- Fighters clashed with coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, killing a U.S. Marine and an Afghan soldier, the U.S. military said. The clash occurred in the volatile eastern province of Kunar, the site last month of the heaviest coalition losses since the start of the U.S.-led invasion that ousted the governing Taliban militia in late 2001.


* LONDON -- Doctors across Britain will receive instructions next month on what they should do in the event of a pandemic of bird flu. The 50-page technical guide will help doctors identify cases of bird flu and contain guidelines on containing an outbreak of the virus, which has killed more than 50 people in Southeast Asia since 2003.

The Department of Health said in a statement that there had been no cases of human-to-human transmission of bird flu, which would signal the start of a pandemic, but authorities fear the virus could spread to Europe following mass bird deaths this week in a Russian region west of the Ural Mountains.


* BUJUMBURA, Burundi -- A former Hutu rebel leader was chosen by lawmakers as Burundi's president, culminating an internationally mediated effort aimed at bringing peace to a central African country wrecked by a dozen years of ethnic war. Pierre Nkurunziza, 40, appealed for support from all Burundians to meet the challenges of healing ethnic divisions as he tries to get the last Hutu rebels to lay down their arms.

-- From News Services