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VenezuelaCARACAS - The United States denied an assertion by President Hugo Chávez that a US military plane entered Venezuelan airspace. Chávez said the plane was met by his military’s F-16s and escorted out of Venezuelan airspace. The president is calling it a provocation by the United States, saying the P-3 plane had taken off from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao and twice entered Venezuelan airspace on Friday. A spokeswoman for the US Southern Command in Miami, said, “No US aircraft entered Venezuelan airspace.’’
4th church bombed after ‘Allah’ rulingKUALA LUMPUR - A fourth church was hit by firebombs yesterday, stoking concern among Christians as a dispute rages over the use of the word “Allah’’ by non-Muslims. The latest attack occurred after three other churches were firebombed Friday, just days after a Kuala Lumpur court ruled that non-Muslims could use the word “Allah’’ to refer to God in their literature.
700 former rebels, family are reunitedMANIK FARM - More than 700 former Tamil Tiger rebels were reunited at a special ceremony with family members yesterday after months in rehabilitation camps since the country’s decades-long civil war ended last year. Government forces routed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas in May, ending the country’s more than a quarter-century-long civil war in which an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people died.
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