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December 27, 2005

Pinochet to remain under house arrest
SANTIAGO, Chile // Chile's top court refused yesterday to drop charges against Gen. Augusto Pinochet in connection with the disappearance of six dissidents during his military regime, and it ruled that the former dictator must remain under house arrest. It was the latest in a string of legal setbacks for Pinochet, 90, in his long fight against human rights and corruption charges. He has been under house arrest since Nov. 24, when he was indicted for the six disappearances.

London mayor lists aborted attacks
LONDON // Terrorists tried to attack London eight times between the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and July 7, when suicide bombers killed dozens on the city's transport system, London's mayor said yesterday. Ken Livingstone said there had been two attempted attacks since July 7, including a failed attack on the transport network July 21. Livingstone did not provide details of the attempted attacks.

N. Korea pursues talks with Japan
SEOUL, South Korea // North Korea agreed Sunday on a new format for bilateral negotiations with Japan, a position motivated mainly by Pyongyang's desire for Tokyo to act as a go-between in a bid to break the political impasse between North Korea and the United States, according to diplomatic sources. North Korea hopes the negotiations eventually will lead to the normalization of diplomatic relations with Japan.

Hussein half-brother says U.S. offered deal
AMMAN, Jordan // Two lawyers for Saddam Hussein said yesterday that the former Iraqi president's half-brother claims U.S. officials offered him a ranking government position in Iraq if he testified against Hussein but he rejected the deal. Barazan Ibrahim purportedly made the claim Thursday during a closed-door hearing by the Iraqi High Tribunal. American officials could not be reached for comment on the claim yesterday.

Taliban claims 200 suicide attackers
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan // A top Taliban commander said more than 200 rebel fighters were willing to become suicide attackers against U.S. forces and their allies - a claim dismissed as propaganda yesterday by Afghanistan's government, which said the hard-line militia was weakening. In an interview Sunday with the Associated Press, the commander, Mullah Dadullah, ruled out any reconciliation with the U.S.-backed government of President Hamid Karzai and claimed the country's new parliament - its first in more than 30 years, inaugurated last week - was "obedient to America."

2,400 coal mines closed in China
BEIJING // China has closed 2,411 coal mines for safety violations its latest campaign to reduce the death toll in the troubled industry and will start requiring mines to post safety bonds, news reports said yesterday. A total of 12,990 mines were ordered to suspend operations for safety inspections, and 2,411 of them were told to shut permanently, the official Xinhua News Agency said. China's coal mines are the world's deadliest, with more than 5,000 deaths reported every year.

[From wire reports]

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