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7.1-magnitude quake hits south; no tsunami

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile on Sunday, frightening hundreds of people who fled for higher ground fearing it could generate a tsunami like the one that ravaged the coastline last year.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage, and Vicente Nunez, head of the National Emergency Office, said no tsunami alert was issued.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii also said a destructive Pacific Ocean-wide tsunami was not expected.

Some cell phone communications were knocked out in the Araucania region where the quake was centered, 370 miles south-southwest of the capital, Santiago.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it struck at a depth of about 11 miles. The agency reported at least one aftershock of 5.0 magnitude.

When the first quake struck, people in several coastal cities quickly moved for higher ground, abandoning some shopping centers entirely.


Defenses to increase after North attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's president says he won't let North Korea "covet even an inch of our territory."

Lee Myung-bak said today in a New Year's speech to the country that the South has no choice but to aggressively boost its defenses after a Nov. 23 North Korean attack on a front-line island that killed four.

He says South Korea must treat that attack as the United States treated the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and "overhaul our defense posture."

Lee says that "peace cannot be obtained without a price" and promises that any North Korea provocation "will be met with stern, strong responses."


Opposition leader jailed for protesting

MOSCOW (AP) -- One of Russia's most prominent opposition leaders has been sentenced to 15 days in jail after being arrested at a New Year's Eve protest rally.

Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy Russian prime minister during Boris Yeltsin's presidency, was among 68 people arrested at an unsanctioned rally at a central Moscow square. He and other protesters gathered on the opposite side of the square from an authorized protest.

Nemtsov was sentenced Sunday for failure to follow police orders, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported.


Islamic hard-liners sought for bombing

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian police are focusing their investigation into the New Year's suicide bombing of a church on a group of Islamic hard-liners based in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria where the attack killed 21 people, security officials said Sunday.

The bombing touched off riots and protests by Egypt's Christian minority, who feel they are targeted and discriminated against and do not get adequate protection from authorities.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Coptic Christians leaving a midnight Mass about a half hour into the new year Saturday, the worst attack on Egyptian Christians in a decade.

In the aftermath, President Hosni Mubarak blamed foreigners and the Alexandria governor accused al-Qaida.