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AT LEAST 11 DIE IN STAMPEDE AT VENEZUELAN MUSIC FEST

At least 11 people died, most of them children, when thousands tried to push their way into a bull ring for a music festival in northwestern Venezuela, and authorities feared Monday that the death toll could rise.

Six of the 58 people injured in the stampede were in critical condition -- five of them children, said Col. Alberto Franco of the fire department in Valencia, 120 miles west of Caracas.

Eight children, two women and one man died. At least 24,000 people were trying to see the show.

The festival, where prizes are handed out to Venezuelan television stars and a queen is crowned, continued hours after the tragedy, local reporters said.

Carabobo state Gov. Henrique Salas Romer said people panicked when police fired shots in the air to try to disperse the crowd, which had been waiting impatiently to be let into the Plaza Monumental bull ring.

168 arrested in Scotland
during anti-nuclear protest

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- Police and anti-nuclear protesters joined in a minute of silence Monday for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, but the harmony soon unraveled, and police arrested 168 of the demonstrators.

The arrests came after protesters blockaded a base that houses Britain's nuclear submarines. About 500 people participated in the protest at the Faslane naval base, on the River Clyde in western Scotland, police said.

Organizers said their concerns were heightened by the terror attacks on America and the subsequent bombing of Afghanistan.

"No matter what happens, we will continue to vehemently oppose these barbaric and inhumane weapons of mass destruction," said Brian Quail, a leader of Scotland's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Lawmakers from the Scottish and European parliaments were also detained along with two Church of Scotland ministers.

Protesters and police officers earlier joined for a minute's silence to remember those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and to reflect on events since.

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