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Arafat, U.S. officials talk; clash continues

Yasser Arafat met with a U.S. envoy and spoke to Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday, a day before the Palestinian leader was to confer with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in efforts to end nine months of fighting with Israel.

The discussions came with a month-old U.S.-brokered cease-fire deeply marred by continuing bloodshed and thousands of Palestinians calling for revenge against Israel at funerals for two Islamic militants killed in separate incidents Friday.

Jewish settlers and Palestinians clashed in the divided West Bank city of Hebron after Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers exchanged gunfire, witnesses said. A 7-year-old Palestinian girl was wounded by gunfire, hospital officials said.

In a 15-minute telephone call, Powell and Arafat discussed developments in the region and international efforts to end the violence, Arafat adviser Nabil Aburdeneh said.

More bodies found in Serbia

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia _ Authorities have discovered another mass grave with 50 to 60 bodies from Kosovo in a cover-up of war crimes linked to former President Slobodan Milosevic, the Serbian government announced.

The government's Internet site quoted a ranking police official, Capt. Dragan Karleusa, as saying that the bodies, apparently Kosovo Albanians, surfaced in April 1999 from a lake at Perucac, about 90 miles southwest of Belgrade, and were later buried in a nearby mass grave in Serbia proper.

Authorities later discovered the mass grave, he said, without saying when.

"First, seven bodies surfaced," Karleusa was quoted a saying. "Later, a freezer truck with more than 50 bodies surfaced as well."

Pakistan, India begin talks

NEW DELHI, India _ Pakistan's president urged India to resolve the dispute over Kashmir, but their summit got off to an inauspicious start Saturday when forces exchanged gunfire across their tense border for the first time in six months.

Arriving for the first summit in two years between the nuclear rivals, Pakistan's leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, met briefly, then sat down for lunch, with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

"The basic tenor of the meetings held so far has been positive," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nirupama Rao, adding that "the details of the talks will remain confidential."

She said that Kashmir was discussed in passing but that there were no substantive comments over the disputed Himalayan region, where Islamic separatists backed by Pakistan have been fighting Indian forces for 12 years.

Elsewhere . . .

EXILES DETAINED: The leader of the Cuban exile group Democracy Movement was one of three people detained for making a brief, illegal incursion into Cuban territorial waters, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Ramon Saul Sanchez, the leader of the Miami-based group and Alberto Perez and Pablo Rodriguez "are currently on board the Coast Guard cutter Spencer, for violating the South Florida Security Zone," Coast Guard spokesman Luis Diaz said.

VIETNAM ARRESTS: Vietnam says it has arrested 23,000 people since the Vietnam War ended for trying to overthrow the communist government. The figure was announced during celebrations of the 55th anniversary of Vietnam's People's Security Force, or secret police, the Vietnam News Agency said Friday. The report did not say what happened to the 23,000 arrested people.

AUSTRIAN TRAINS COLLIDE: Two passenger trains collided head-on at a station west of Vienna, injuring 30 people, three of them seriously, railroad officials and rescuers said.

EMERGENCY LANDING: A Northwest Airlines jet heading for Los Angeles with 368 passengers aboard made an emergency landing at Tokyo's international airport Saturday after reporting an engine problem. None of the passengers and about 20 crew on the Boeing 747 was injured. The plane was repaired and later took off for Los Angeles.

CARGO JET CRASHES: A Russian cargo plane crashed after taking off from a military airport near Moscow, killing all 10 crew members aboard, defense officials said.

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