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Arafat Reinstates Security Chief

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Monday reinstated a security chief whose replacement by the veteran leader's cousin touched off turmoil in the Gaza Strip, officials said.

Outrage as Sharon Calls for Jews to Flee France

French officials and lawmakers voiced angry objection Monday to comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who called on Jews in France to flee for their safety.

Fuel Tanker Blast Kills 9 in Baghdad

A white fuel tanker rigged with explosives plowed toward a police station in southwest Baghdad early Monday, exploding in flames and killing nine people and wounding about 60 others, Iraqi officials and witnesses said.

Iran Cuts Short Trial on Journalist's Death

Iran's hard-line judiciary abruptly ended the trial on Sunday of an intelligence agent accused of killing a Canadian journalist, prompting angry lawyers to complain key evidence had been ignored or covered up.

Priest Slain in Jakarta Church Attack

Gunmen burst into a church in eastern Indonesia and shot dead a woman priest and wounded four of her congregation as she delivered her sermon, sparking fears of fresh religious clashes, officials said Monday.

Sexual Misconduct Reports Rock Austria

The date marked on the door of the Catholic seminary in this Austrian provincial capital is 1455, when it was founded by the Franciscans, but that image of hoary old age has not protected St. Polten from disclosures of sexual misbehavior that over the last week have become a major scandal in this country.

LG Posts Record Flat-Screen Sales

LG Electronics, South Korea's top home appliances maker, said Monday its quarterly profit surged 85 percent on record sales of phones and flat screens, topping analysts' forecasts.

Bayer to Buy Roche Consumer Drugs Unit

Bayer will buy Swiss Roche's over-the-counter drugs unit for 2.38 billion euros ($2.94 billion) in a move analysts say will improve profitability at the German drugs and chemicals group.

Italy's New Finance Boss Inherits a Daunting Task

Italy's new economy minister, Domenico Siniscalco, appointed late last week to replace Giulio Tremonti, faces a daunting task.

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