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PATROLS HEAVY IN WAKE OF DEADLY STREET FIGHTS

LANGCHENGGANG, CHINA (AP) -- Police by the thousands patrolled this central Chinese town Monday and residents hunkered down in their homes after deadly street fights between members of the country's main ethnic group and a Muslim minority.

Monday, minivans with loudspeakers strapped to their roofs drove through the dirt roads of Langchenggang and neighboring villages in Henan province, broadcasting appeals for calm.

As many as 5,000 people fought with sticks and burned several houses over the weekend in violence between Hui Muslims and members of the Han ethnic majority, according to residents interviewed by telephone.

The fighting killed seven people and injured 42, according to residents and the government. Langchenggang residents could not confirm a report by the New York Times of 148 deaths, including 18 police officers.

The government said the violence began after members of two families from separate villages fought over a traffic dispute.

ELBARADEI CAUTIONS IRAN, N. KOREA ON N-PROGRAMS

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. nuclear energy director Mohamed ElBaradei urged Iran on Monday to suspend uranium enrichment and called on North Korea to dismantle its weapons program or at least allow inspectors to ensure that it is "exclusively peaceful."

He also stressed the importance of resuming U.N. nuclear inspections in Iraq "as soon as the security situation permits" to ensure that items with both civilian and military applications are not being used in weapons programs.

In his annual report to the U.N. General Assembly and in comments to reporters, ElBaradei said Iran and North Korea highlight the need for stepped-up global efforts to ensure that declared nuclear material is not diverted "for nonpeaceful purposes" and that "no undeclared nuclear material or activities exist."

CASTRO IS HEALING NICELY AFTER FALL, BROTHER SAYS

HAVANA, CUBA (AP) -- Fidel Castro is healing nicely after shattering a kneecap and breaking an arm in a fall, his older brother Ramon said Monday, adding that their family has always enjoyed good health and longevity.

"It seems that we have a good genetic mix," Ramon Castro, 80, said after the opening of a weeklong International Fair of Havana. He said he expected that his brother Fidel, 78, would be walking again soon.

The day after his fall last month, the Cuban president "was already directing a meeting," said the white-bearded Ramon Castro, who bears a strong resemblance to his better-known brother.

Fidel Castro tripped and fell on the evening of Oct. 20 after giving a speech at a graduation ceremony in the central city of Santa Clara, east of Havana.

A medical examination later showed that the Cuban leader's left kneecap was shattered and that his right arm was fractured. The president underwent an operation right away to reconstruct his kneecap and set his arm.

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