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Kuwait said yesterday it will resume crude oil export shipments Saturday or Sunday for the first time since Iraq invaded the emirate Aug. 2. More than half of the 600 oil wells blown up by Iraqi troops are still on fire, but about 15 fires a week are being put out, and Kuwait is pumping 140,000 barrels per day.... Germany's Foreign Ministry called a crisis meeting of experts yesterday to work out a response to an ultimatum from Lebanese kidnappers threatening violence against two German hostages. The kidnappers Wednesday gave Bonn 48 hours to disprove rumors that two Lebanese Shiite brothers jailed in Germany are not alive and well. UNITED STATES

The Interior Department announced Wednesday it will sell more drilling rights next month in the Chukchi Sea, off northwest Alaska.... Yiddish storyteller Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Nobel Prize winner whose writings inspired the popular movie "Yentl," died in a nursing home in Miami Wednesday. ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

India's minority government has broken with four decades of socialist, protectionist orthodoxy, saying it aims to emerge from an unprecedented foreign debt crisis as a world economic player. In just one month in office, Finance Minister Manmohan Singh has given the economy one of its biggest overhauls since independence from Britain in 1947, reversing decades of licensing, nationalization, and subsidies. …