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U.S. orders closure of 37 missions worldwide
The Clinton administration has not said much officially on the status of the ongoing investigations into the blast in the USS Cole at Aden that left 17 sailors dead. But against the backdrop of the attack and the ongoing unrest in the West Bank and the Gaza, the State Department has ordered the closure of at least 37 Embassies and Consulates for the weekend.

Barak, Arafat to attend summit
The Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Ehud Barak, and the Palestinian leader, Mr. Yasser Arafat, have agreed to attend a summit to be hosted by the Egyptian President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, in Sharm-el Sheikh on Monday.

Pak. condemns Israeli action
The United States Embassy here has been closed till further orders in the wake of the suspected terrorist attack on the USS Cole, a naval destroyer, in Aden last night and continuing clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.

Saudi plane hijacked, lands in Baghdad
A hijacker today seized a Saudi civilian plane, Flight 115, carrying 111 people and ordered it to fly to Syria and then Iraq. The plane first landed in Damascus after initially having been refused permission to do so, Damascus airport officials said.

PA ally sets deadline for new Constitution
A crucial ally of Sri Lanka's new Government has threatened to withdraw from the coalition if its 100-day deadline for the implementation of a new Constitution was not met.

RSS threat to Govt. on temple issue
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today issued a veiled threat to the BJP-led NDA coalition saying any Government opposing the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya will have to face its ``consequences''.

Rajkumar's release imminent
The release of Mr. Rajkumar and two others being held hostage by the brigand, Veerappan, is imminent, according to high-level official sources.

11 massacred in Bihar
In a fresh outbreak of violence, eleven members of a Yadav family were mowed down by unidentified gunmen at Mujahipur village under Muffasil police station in Bihar's Siwan district on Friday night sparking off tension.

Dawood aide escapes
Raju Bhayya alias Bade Raju Gangaram, a close associate of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, today escaped while being taken for treatment to the district hospital from the jail here. A red alert has been sounded.

Krishan Kant meets Chandrika
The Vice-President of India, Mr. Krishan Kant, who led a 15-member delegation to the funeral of late Srimavo Bandarnaike, later met and held discussions with the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga.


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