Canada Orders Culling

Of Ducks After Flu Found

TORONTO -- Canadian authorities ordered the destruction of about 60,000 ducks Sunday after avian flu was found in British Columbia and Manitoba, but health officials said the flu was not the potentially dangerous H5N1 strain affecting birds in Asia. Two wild ducks also were found Saturday in Manitoba with a similar influenza strain.

-- Doug Struck

ASIA

* BEIJING -- China reported two new outbreaks of bird flu in which almost 3,700 birds died and more than 7,000 were culled as provinces hit by the deadly virus tightened preventive measures.

About 3,500 geese died at a family farm in a development zone in Hubei province, the official New China News Agency reported, and in Inner Mongolia, 176 domestic birds died and 3,202 were culled.

AFRICA

* NAIROBI -- Somali pirates have released an oil tanker that they hijacked a month ago on its way from the United Arab Emirates to South Africa, a maritime official said. It was not immediately clear whether a ransom was paid for the release of the Malta-registered vessel and its crew of 24, said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program.

Several pirate groups operate along the 1,880-mile coastline of Somalia, which has had no effective government since opposition leaders ousted a dictatorship in 1991 and then turned on one another, leaving the nation of 7 million under the control of warlords.

On Nov. 5, two boats of pirates attacked a U.S. luxury cruise liner. The Seabourn Spirit sped away but one member of the 161-person crew was wounded in the raid, which occurred about 100 miles off Somalia's coast.

THE AMERICAS

* BOGOTA, Colombia -- A helicopter carrying a Colombian congressman and five others crashed in a storm in the mountains north of Bogota, killing all aboard, a police official said. Conservative Party congressman Roberto Camacho and Cundinamarca state deputy Efren Bejerano were among those killed.

-- From News Services

Egyptian plainclothes police arrest a man with the ruling National Democratic Party during fighting near a polling station in Damanhur, north of Cairo. Clashes were reported around the country during the second round of parliamentary voting. At least one person was killed.