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JAMAICA: Emergency in West Kingston

Masked men torched a police station and traded gunfire with security forces in barricaded slums Sunday, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency. Sporadic gunshots rang out in gritty West Kingston where defiant supporters of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, sought by the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges, turned his Tivoli Gardens neighborhood into a virtual fortress. In a 2001 standoff, gunmen and security forces killed 25 civilians, a soldier and a constable. A police officer was wounded Sunday. The violence erupted after a week of rising tensions over the possible extradition of Coke to the United States.


THAILAND: Reclaiming central Bangkok

Armed with brooms, rubber gloves and a torrent of detergent, middle-class Thais took to the streets Sunday to remove the detritus of protests, reclaiming central Bangkok from their now-banished and despised "Red Shirt" country cousins. Streets were swept clean of reminders of a nine-week protest movement that ended Wednesday in a blaze of bullets and flaming buildings. The government extended for another day the nighttime curfew imposed in Bangkok and in 23 provinces, but it reduced the duration from eight to five hours. The city was mostly calm after weeks of confrontation that left at least 85 people dead.


EGYPT: 57 ancient tombs found

Archeologists have unearthed 57 tombs at Lahoun, in Fayoum, 70 miles south of Cairo, most of which hold an ornately painted sarcophagus with a mummy inside, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said Sunday. The oldest date to around 2750 B.C., the period of Egypt's first and second dynasties. The find throws new light on ancient religions, the council said.

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