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Authorities said they were reining in prison riots that spread across Brazil after inmates at Latin America's largest prison took nearly 8,000 visitors and guards hostage.

After the riot at Carandiru prison, similar revolts spread to 26 other prisons across Sao Paulo state. Early today, the state government said many hostages had been released and 16 prisons had been brought back under control.

At least 11 inmates were killed in the unrest, which began at Carandiru as prisoners protested the transfer of 10 people believed to be members of a Rio de Janeiro-based arms and drug trafficking ring.

Earlier, a rebellion leader identified only as Roberto spoke to TV Bandeirantes by cellular telephone and said he expected the hostages -- whom he called "visitors" -- to be released today.

The riot started during late morning visiting hours in Carandiru.

Some 72 prison guards and more than 7,900 visitors -- including 1,700 children -- were inside when the rebellion started, said police Capt. Monica Bondezan.

Blast kills 3 Serb officers
near border with Kosovo

LUCANE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- An explosion ripped through a police van Sunday, killing three Serb officers just outside Kosovo and heightening tensions after a bus bombing that killed at least seven Serb civilians inside the province.

Yugoslavia blamed both attacks on Kosovo's ethnic Albanian militants, who denied responsibility and said Serb police killed one of their commanders late Sunday in Lucane, just outside a buffer zone separating Kosovo from the rest of Serbia.

With violence mounting, Yugoslavia urged NATO to act immediately to keep the militants out of the buffer zone, which they have used to stage attacks on Serbian police and Yugoslav army troops.

Friday's bombing of a bus carrying Serbs to visit the graves of relatives in Kosovo killed at least seven and wounded 43, the deadliest attack in the province since 13 Serb farmers were machine-gunned to death in July 1999.

The three police officers died Sunday when their van was destroyed by what were believed to be anti-tank mines.

Mayor offers job interview
to hacker who spread virus

SNEEK, Netherlands (AP) -- A local mayor has offered a job interview to a 20-year-old hacker who confessed to spreading a computer virus purporting to offer a photo of tennis star Anna Kournikova that backed up e-mail systems worldwide.

Mayor Siebold Hartkamp didn't specify what sort of post he might offer the man, who was arrested Wednesday. But he suggested the hacker -- known as "OnTheFly" -- would be a good expert on computer security.

"I've learned that former poachers make the best game wardens," Hartkamp told Dutch television over the weekend. "We're looking for just these kinds of kids. He should come and have a chat with us."

But he said "OnTheFly," whose identity has been withheld under privacy rules, "should finish school first," presumably referring to college studies.

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