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U.S. MARINE HELD IN RAPE OF 14-YEAR-OLD

Tokyo

Japanese police have arrested a U.S. Marine accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in southern Japan, authorities said today. Tyrone Luther Hadnott, 38, of Camp Courtney in Okinawa, allegedly raped the girl in a parked car Sunday evening, an Okinawa police official said on condition of anonymity. Okinawa police took custody of the Marine for investigation, the official said. Officials of U.S. Forces in Japan could not immediately confirm the case.

East Timor

President is hurt in attack on his home

Rebel soldiers attacked the home of President Jose Ramos-Horta early today and wounded him in the stomach. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning leader was in stable condition, the prime minister said. East Timor television reported that Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao's home also came under fire, raising the possibility that the rebels may have been staging a coup attempt.

Elsewhere

Israel: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ruled out a broad military operation in the Gaza Strip, deflecting rising anger after an 8-year-old boy lost a leg in a Palestinian rocket attack.

Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez threatened to cut off oil sales to the United States in an "economic war" if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets.

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