Police Arrest Hundreds

Of Protesters in Nepal

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Riot police wielding bamboo batons beat and arrested hundreds of people rallying for democracy as they marched through the Nepalese capital on Tuesday.

Top opposition leaders were among the 300 people arrested. About three dozen people were hurt, with some suffering head injuries, hospital officials said, when police beat them in an attempt to disperse the crowd of more than 6,000.

The rally, led by opposition leaders from Nepal's seven largest political parties, moved into the city center despite a ban on gatherings there. The protesters broke through police lines, chanting slogans against the royal government.


* OSLO -- Norwegian Labor leader Jens Stoltenberg, triumphant after his alliance ousted the center-right government in an election, promised to spend more of the nation's oil bonanza on welfare.

"We will use Norway's great opportunities and income on the common good -- jobs for all, good schools, security and care for the elderly," Stoltenberg, 46, said after Monday's win.

Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik telephoned King Harald to concede defeat and say that he planned to step down after presenting a draft 2006 budget on Oct. 14.

* ROME -- A suspected conspirator in the July 21 London attacks will be extradited to Britain within 10 days after an Italian court rejected his appeal, a lawyer for the British government said.

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* GENEVA -- The U.N. health agency said it has launched a series of polio immunization campaigns in East Africa after a new case was confirmed in Somalia, a country that had been free of the disease since 2002.

Concern has been growing that outbreaks in neighboring Ethiopia and Yemen could spread across porous borders into Somalia, the World Health Organization said in a statement. Emergency measures have been put in place now that a case, the infection of a 15-month-old girl, has been confirmed in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, the agency said.


* TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Uzbekistan has shut a second U.S. charity in four days, the charity said.

A worker for the U.S.-based educational charity IREX said the Tashkent city court ordered the organization on Monday to suspend its activities for six months. "The decision was motivated by IREX's refusal to provide information about Uzbek citizens who studied abroad, being supported by IREX," the worker said, adding that other charges included the use of an unregistered logo.

On Friday, an Uzbek court ordered U.S.-based Internews, which aids media in 50 countries, to close its office.

-- From News Services