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U.S. Envoy to U.N. ‘Outraged’ by Storming of Belgrade Embassy

By SPA

United Nations : The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday he was “outraged” by the storming of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade by rioters opposed to Western backing of Kosovo’s independence.

“I am outraged by the mob attack against the U.S. embassy in Belgrade,” Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters. “The embassy is sovereign U.S. territory. The government of Serbia has a responsibility under international law to protect diplomatic facilities, particularly embassies.”

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Plane carrying 46 believed crashed in Venezuela

By SPA

Caracas : A Venezuelan passenger plane with 46 people aboard went missing and likely crashed in a remote mountain region soon after taking off from an Andean city just before dusk on Thursday, authorities said, according to Reuters.

Mountain villagers reported hearing a huge noise they thought could be a crash after the twin-engine plane flew out of the high-altitude city of Merida headed for the capital Caracas roughly 300 miles (500 km) away, Civil Defense official Gerardo Rojas said.

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Philippines military sets up anti-coup force

By DPA

Manila : The Philippine military has set up a special force to thwart attempts to oust President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as anti-government groups prepared for protests calling for her ouster next week, an official said Friday.

Major General Fernando Mesa, chief of the military's national capital region command, said a battalion of 500 soldiers has been re-assigned to Manila from nearby provinces to guard against coup and destabilisation plots.

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Mexico's oil output falls 5.9 percent

By IANS

Mexico City : Mexico produced an average of 2.95 million barrels of oil per day last month, a decline of 5.9 percent from January 2007, state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has said.

Pemex attributed the steady drop in output to the gradual exhaustion of the Cantarell field in the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish news agency EFE reported Friday.

While oil production fell, Pemex pumped a record 6.53 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in January, a gain of 13.9 percent over the same month last year.

14 rebels killed in Sri Lanka fighting

By Xinhua

Colombo : At least 14 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in fighting with government troops in north Sri Lanka, the military said Friday.

Officials from the Media Centre for National Security said nine Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were killed Thursday in Vavuniya district while another five died in Mannar district.

In Vavuniya, eight rebels were killed while three soldiers were injured in a battle in West Mullikulam area and another rebel was killed when the troops attacked and destroyed an LTTE bunker at Vilayathikulam.

Man arrested with 70,000 amphetamine pills

By DPA

Hanoi : Police in Vietnam have arrested a man with 70,000 tablets of methamphetamine, weighing around 20 kg, local media said Friday.

Du Kim Dung, 39, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drug trafficking. Police discovered the tablets in a suitcase during a search of Dung's home in Haiphong City, 100 km east of Hanoi.

Police also found two guns in his house, and two other firearms in his BMW sedan, the report said.

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France, Colombia to collaborate on hostage release

By Xinhua

Bogota : France and Colombia will collaborate on the release of hostages, including a French-Colombian stateswoman held by Colombian rebels, visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Thursday.

"France's and other friendly countries' role is to participate to accomplish humanitarian interchanges" between the Colombian government and Colombia's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), said Kouchner during a press conference after meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe in Bogota.

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At least 10 dead in Amazon river shipwreck

By DPA

Rio de Janeiro : At least 10 people died and 10 were missing after a ship carrying more than 100 people capsized in the Amazon river in northern Brazil, the fire department said.

Four children and four women were among the dead, while 92 people were rescued, according to the port authority officials.

The ship Almirante Monteiro went down early Thursday near the town of Itacoatiara, some 270 km from the Amazonas state capital Manaus, after crashing with a ferry.

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Doubts Mount over Darfur Mission

By Tomas A. Granados, Prensa Latina

United Nations : UN authorities have expressed deep concern over the peace mission in Darfur's inability to operate as an effective dissuasive force in the seriously violent panorama in that Sudanese province.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) ó needs to demonstrate it can help improving the life of Darfur locals or it will run the risk of losing its trustworthiness. ó

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Vietnam Acts against Drugs Abuse

By Prensa Latina

Hanoi : Vietnamese authorities called on Thursday for involvement of the nation's entire socio-political system in the struggle against drug abuse, which affects thousands of people every year.

During the 1996-2006 decade Vietnamese police detected 116,505 cases of drug-trafficking, arrested 192,519 drug addicts and seized 1,308 kilograms of heroin, 5,400 of opium, 7,300 of marijuana and 800,600 tablets of synthetic drugs.

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