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French arrest 6 linked to airline shoe-bomb figure

PARIS (AP) -- French anti-terrorism agents have arrested six suspected Islamic militants in connection with a failed plot by a British man to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight last year with explosives hidden in his shoes, police officials said today.

The six suspects, Algerians and Pakistanis, were taken into custody in a suburban Paris roundup of alleged associates of "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The move against Reid's alleged associates is part of a string of terrorism-related arrests in recent days in France, as fears are rising of a terrorist strike in Europe.

S. Koreans enter base to protest GI acquittals

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Dozens of activists broke into a U.S. military base Tuesday to protest last week's acquittals of two American soldiers involved in the deaths of two Korean girls.

Some 50 protesters entered Camp Red Cloud, north of Seoul, by cutting through a wire fence, said Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, a spokesman for the 8th U.S. Army.

There were no clashes between the intruders and American soldiers, he said. The protesters were apprehended by local police.

Last week, Sgt. Fernando Nino and Sgt. Mark Walker were acquitted of negligent homicide charges in the deaths of the two 13-year-old school girls, who were hit June 13 by the soldiers' armored vehicle.

Air traffic controllers walk out across France

PARIS (AP) -- Air traffic controllers throughout France walked off the job Tuesday as part of a national protest by civil servants, forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights.

The walkout by public employees is over salaries, retirement benefits and the government's privatization plans.

Long-haul flights to destinations such as the United States, Asia and Africa were expected to be less affected, Paris airports authority ADP said.

Haider decision to stay roils Austrian politics

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Throwing Austrian politics into fresh turmoil, far-rightist Joerg Haider announced today he would stay on as a provincial governor and Freedom Party member, hours after vowing to resign when the party was thrashed in weekend elections.

The flamboyant Haider, whose praise of some Hitler policies and anti-foreigner rhetoric helped fuel the rise of his party into the government two years ago, said colleagues persuaded him overnight not to quit the movement or governorship of the province of Carinthia.

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