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World Briefing

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YUGOSLAVIA: BOMB EXPERTS DETONATE SUSPICIOUS CARS

PRISTINA -- British bomb experts serving with the NATO-led peacekeepers yesterday blasted open two cars suspected of containing explosives in front of Pristina's main hotel, but found nothing, a NATO spokeswoman said.

Capt. Kath Hurley said the experts used controlled explosions to force trunk locks open on two cars, after a Serb-speaking caller warned of a bomb in a red car parked outside the Grand Hotel. Nothing suspicious was found, she said.

The NATO account varied from earlier U.N. police versions that said the experts blew up four packages inside one vehicle.

The entire downtown area of Pristina was cordoned off by peacekeepers and U.N. police, preventing reporters and others from getting closer to the scene.

CHINA: BANNED SECT MEMBER DIES, GROUP SAYS

BEIJING -- A follower of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement died after his release from detention in a psychiatric hospital, where he was injected with nerve-destroying drugs, a human rights group said yesterday.

Su Gang, a 32-year-old computer engineer, was in fine health before he was sent to the hospital on May 23 but was weak, slow, stiff-limbed and unable to eat when he was released eight days later, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said, quoting Su's father, Su De'an.

Su died of heart failure on June 10, less than two weeks after his release, the Hong Kong-based Information Center said. While detained in the hospital, Su was forcibly given daily injections of nerve-damaging medicines, it said.

The Information Center said at least 22 Falun Gong practitioners have died of mistreatment and other reasons since the Chinese government banned the group last July as a threat to public well-being and to the authority of the ruling Communist Party.

JAPAN: 4 KILLED, 4 INJURED BY AVALANCHE AMID SEARCH

TOKYO -- An avalanche thundered down on a rescue team searching for a missing man on a snow-covered mountain in northwest Japan yesterday, killing four people and injuring four others. …

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