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MOB PREVENTS AN INQUIRY OF AMAZON LOGGING

Tailandia, Brazil

Brazil's Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily abandoned efforts to audit logging companies and sawmills suspected of illegal logging in the Amazon region after a mob of 2,000 surrounded its workers and tried to invade a sawmill in a "public revolt," the agency said. Officials vowed Wednesday that riots would not halt law enforcement. Many of the rioters work in the saw mills, which could suffer as a result of the inspections.

DARFUR, SUDAN

Fighting traps 8,000 refugees

A fresh offensive by Sudanese government soldiers and Arab militiamen against Darfur rebels has trapped at least 8,000 refugees unable to cross the border into Chad, U.N. spokeswoman Orla Clinton said Wednesday. Rebel commander Abbas Mohamed said a dozen civilians were killed Tuesday in the latest government attack. The Sudanese military said eight soldiers were killed and 15 injured.

Yerevan, Armenia

Thousands protest, claim rigged vote

Thousands gathered in the capital of Armenia Wednesday to protest Tuesday's presidential election, which they said had been rigged. International observers evaluated it as relatively free and fair. On Wednesday, election officials declared Serge Sarkisian, the current prime minister, the winner, with 53 percent of the vote.The protests have so far not turned violent, as political protests have in many former Soviet states.

JAKARTA, Indonesia

Earthquake kills three, injures 25

A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia on Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 25 others, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 and struck under the island of Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra - the region worst hit in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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