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Ireland to have referendum on abortion

The Irish people will vote in December in a referendum on the country's controversial anti-abortion law. An official statement after a Cabinet meeting Tuesday said there would be separate votes on the rights to travel abroad for an abortion, access to information about overseas abortion facilities and on the issue of abortion law.

Two held in slaying of Kurdish leader

BONN _ Two Lebanese men have been arrested for allegedly killing the leader of an Iranian Kurdish group and three colleagues at a Berlin restaurant, the federal prosecutor's office said Tuesday. Authorities suspect the two were hired to carry out the Sept. 17 shooting, the prosecutor's statement said. The statement did not indicate who was thought to have hired the killers. Sadiq Sarafkindi, whose Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran seeks autonomy for Iran's 6.5-million Kurds, was in Berlin for a meeting of socialist leaders when gunmen burst into a restaurant and sprayed it with two dozen shots. The two suspects were identified as Abbas Rhayel, also known as Imad Ammash and Ragib, and Youssuf Amin.

Uneasy peace reigns at Somalian airport

MOGADISHU, Somalia _ An international airlift to Mogadishu to feed Somalia's starving millions appears to have ground to a halt after shooting shut down the airport and transport planes fled without unloading their cargoes. Uneasy peace reigned at the airport Tuesday, a day after Canadian and Belgian transport planes came under mortar and machine-gun fire, and witnesses said two light aircraft landed early in the morning.

Cuban bishops oppose U.S. sanctions

HAVANA _ Cuba's Catholic bishops Tuesday criticized U.S. moves to tighten trade sanctions against the island, saying economic embargoes enforced for political reasons were ethically unacceptable. The Torricelli Bill, approved by Congress and awaiting the president's signature, would ban foreign subsidiaries of U.S. firms from doing business with Cuba and bar ships trading with the island from U.S. ports for six months.

Chinese rocket launches U.S. solar sensor

A Chinese rocket roared into orbit Tuesday, carrying an advanced American-built sensor that is expected to help electric power producers around the world avert blackouts caused by storms on the sun. The $1.2-million instrument, built at Johns Hopkins University, was given a free ride into space on a Swedish satellite in return for access to data the instrument collects.

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