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December 10, 1995
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Bangladesh government supporters, foes clash


DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNN) -- Ruling party supporters and opponents fought in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday as the opposition carried out the second day of its 72-hour strike. More than 100 people have been hurt in two days of clashes.

The opposition Awami League is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia before parliamentary elections are held next month. The strike brought Dhaka to a halt on Sunday, ordinarily a busy working day in this predominant Muslim nation.

Westerners in Saudi Arabia told to expect more bombings

bomb aftermath

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (CNN) -- Four weeks after a terrorist bomb killed five Americans and two Indians in Saudi Arabia, Westerners are being warned to expect more violence. The United States state department urged the 35,000 U.S. citizens there to exercise caution.

A spokesman at the U.S. embassy in Riyadh said an attack could happen anywhere, especially in places frequented or occupied by Westerners. The British Embassy issued a similar warning to its 29,000 nationals in Saudi Arabia.

Timorese protesters released from jail

Timor protestors

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Police released 55 Timorese protesters from jail Sunday, one day after a three-day occupation of the Dutch and Russian embassies ended. More than 100 protesters demanded withdrawal of the military from East Timor and a referendum on the region's future. The Indonesian government has refused to do either.

The protests coincided with the 20th anniversary of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor. The country's annexation of the region is not recognized by the United Nations.

World's smallest dog debuts

smallest dog

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- A pocket-sized pooch has been deemed the smallest dog in the world.

"Big Boss" is a Yorkshire terrier who is just 4.7 inches tall and 5.25 inches long. He is the result of a Thai breeder's efforts, and is now in the Guiness Book of Records. The previous record-holder also was a Yorkshire terrier, Thumbelina, who was 5.5 inches tall and 8 inches long.

Moscow reeling under worst flu epidemic

MOSCOW (CNN) -- The Russian capital is facing its worst flu epidemic ever, with nearly 340,000 city residents coming down with the bug in the last 12 days.

A shortage of funds for this year's flu-shot campaign contributed to the epidemic, health officials said.

Children have been hit hardest, with about 200,000 of them falling ill since November 27, a health official told the Interfax news agency.

Schools have been ordered closed for the coming week and a quarantine has been imposed at hospitals and clinics.

One of those affected by the quarantine is Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who is recovering from heart problems.

No flu-related deaths have been reported.

Polish high court rules Kwasniewski's election valid


WARSAW, Poland (CNN) -- Poland's highest court Saturday declared last month's presidential election valid even though it found that winner Aleksander Kwasniewski had been dishonest about his education background.

Poland's Supreme Court said Kwasniewski violated electoral law by falsely claiming he had a university degree. But the court ruled that the claim did not influence the election.

An ex-communist, Kwasniewski defeated President Lech Walesa with about 3 percent of the vote on November 19, and is due to be sworn in December 23.

Palestinian killed, 3 wounded in Nablus clashes


NABLUS, West Bank (CNN) -- One Palestinian was killed and at least three others wounded when Israeli soldiers opened fire to quell violent protesters in Nablus on Saturday, a week before Israel is to pull out of the city.

Witnesses said the violence began when an Israeli military convoy came under attack at the entrance to the old city, or Casbah.

Talal Abu Issa, 23, was shot in the head and died on the way to the hospital. At least three Palestinians were wounded by gunfire, a hospital official said.

The Israeli army is to withdraw from Nablus on December 15 as part of the Israel-PLO agreement to expand Palestinian autonomous rule in the West Bank.

In a separate incident, a Jewish settler was hurt when his car was shot at near Bethlehem, which is also scheduled to be handed over to the Palestinians.

Gunmen kill five soldiers in Turkey


ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) -- Gunmen shot and killed two Turkish soldiers patrolling Istanbul streets Saturday only hours after three soldiers were killed in an attack on a train in eastern Turkey.

The Anatolian news agency reported that three gunmen killed the soldiers, who were making the rounds in Istanbul's rundown district of Esenyurt. A third soldier was injured.

Anatolian did not identify the attackers, but simply called them "terrorists." Guerrillas of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party and Revolutionary Left Party have been responsible for similar incidents in Turkish cities.

Anatolian said a group of guerrillas killed three troops during an attack on a train in the Eastern province of Sivas Friday night. The guerrillas reportedly fled after setting two wagons on fire.


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