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INDIA: Police and firefighters clearing the debris of a car bomb set off outside the Kashmir state legislature found seven more bodies today, raising the death toll to 38.

Shortly after yesterday's explosion, a Pakistan-based militant group fighting for the independence of India's Jammu-Kashmir state claimed responsibility for the assault, which also wounded 60 people.

BANGLADESH: An alliance of right wing and fundamentalist Islamic parties headed by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia appeared set today for a landslide win in the Bangladesh general election. Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the main constituent of the four-party grouping, had won 186 of the 250 seats for which unofficial results were reported by state television today.

PACIFIC: The Pacific island of Nauru today refused to take asylum seekers forcibly removed by soldiers from an Australian navy ship to a makeshift detention and refugee processing centre on the island.

The 217, mostly Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, plucked from the sea by the Australian military, have insisted on remaining on the HMAS Manoora troop ship in protest against not being admitted to Australia, where they had been heading on a rickety Indonesian boat hired by people smugglers.

JAMAICA: Gunmen in a troubled Kingston neighbourhood killed three men and firebombed five houses yesterday, Jamaican police said.

Gunmen shot and killed Chadwick Atkinson, 18, Omar Reynolds, 21, and Clarence Lewis, 49, in separate incidents at their homes in the Mountain View neighbourhood, police said in a statement.

In the latest shootings, 13 people - including a 10-yearold girl - have been killed in the fighting that broke out three weeks ago in the Mountain View area between rival gangs that support the governing People's National Party and the opposition Jamaica Labour Party.
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