Neo-Nazis Clash With Police

Outside Cemetery in Germany

BERLIN -- About 2,000 neo-Nazis clashed with police Saturday outside Germany's largest cemetery for World War II soldiers, where extremists had hoped to stage a demonstration in honor of Nazi soldiers.

Thousands of police were on hand in Halbe, 30 miles south of Berlin, to separate the skinheads from about 1,600 counter-demonstrators.

the middle east

* TEHRAN -- The head of Iran's nuclear agency ruled out a compromise proposal to enrich uranium for his country's nuclear program in Russia, insisting that the process must be done domestically. The official, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, issued his comments after meeting with Russia's national security adviser, Igor Ivanov.


* NAIROBI -- Police in Mombasa fired on opponents of Kenya's draft constitution, fatally wounding four men, a senior opposition leader and a doctor said. The police action coincided with a visit to the port city by Kenya's president, Mwai Kibaki. Opponents contend the measure gives the president too much power. The Nov. 21 referendum is Kenya's first since it gained independence from Britain in 1963. Dozens of people have been arrested, including two lawmakers.

* MONROVIA, Liberia -- The party of former Liberian soccer star George Weah demanded a rerun of Liberia's presidential runoff, saying the balloting he had lost was unfair. With 99.3 percent of votes counted, the National Elections Commission gave Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a Harvard-trained economist, 59.6 percent, putting her on course to become Africa's first elected female president.

* DURBAN, South Africa -- Jacob Zuma, the ousted South African deputy president, was indicted on corruption charges in a case that has split the ruling African National Congress and tested the country's young democracy. His trial was set for next July 31.

Zuma is accused of trying to solicit a bribe in exchange for protection from a government probe into a weapons deal.


* BANGKOK -- A toddler in Bangkok has tested positive for bird flu, while China confirmed more cases and Japan drew up a plan to tackle any outbreak of the disease, which has swept Asia and spread into Europe.

The 1-year-old boy probably contracted the H5N1 virus from playing at home around chickens that later died of the virus, said Paijit Warachit, director general of the Department of Medical Science. The boy is the first human case in Bangkok since a fresh flare-up of the disease there a month ago. The virus has killed 13 Thais since it swept across large parts of Asia in late 2003.

* LAHORE, Pakistan -- Hundreds of Muslims attacked and burned two churches in Pakistan after reports that a Christian man had desecrated the Koran, the Islamic holy book. No one was injured in the blazes.

A school, a student hostel and the home of a priest also were torched by the crowd of about 1,500 Muslims near the town of Sangla Hill, about 80 miles northeast of Lahore, police official Ali Asghar Dogar said. The attacks were being investigated. About two dozen people had been arrested, Dogar said.

-- From News Services