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March 27, 2003

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India

Short-range missiles tested

India and Pakistan test-fired short-range missiles Wednesday, a day after each side blamed the other for rising violence in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Although it was unclear which country launched first, the tit-for-tat tests came in the wake of renewed tension between the South Asian rivals after a massacre on Monday of 24 Hindus by suspected Islamic militants in Kashmir, which is claimed by both countries.

Last year, the two countries' armies faced off along their border for 10 months after India blamed Pakistan for sheltering militants who staged an attack on the grounds of India's Parliament building. Tensions eased after mediation conducted by the United States.

Paris

Former Peruvian leader on Interpol most-wanted list

Interpol put Peru's disgraced former president, Alberto Fujimori, on its most-wanted list Wednesday, issuing a "red notice" calling for the exiled leader's arrest and extradition on murder and kidnapping charges in Peru.

The move by the international police agency does not carry the force of an arrest warrant. But it could put further pressure on Japan, where Fujimori fled to escape a corruption scandal in 2000 and is protected from extradition by his Japanese citizenship.

The Japanese government said today it would not act on the Interpol request.

Fujimori faces murder charges for allegedly authorizing death squads who massacred suspected rebel sympathizers in the 1990s.

Wisconsin

Police recover body of missing college student

Preliminary autopsy results confirmed a body found in a lake was that of a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student missing since November, police said.

Michael Noll, 22, was one of four young people -- three men and a woman -- who disappeared last fall within 170 miles of one another, all after leaving a bar or a party. Authorities do not think the cases are linked.

Noll's death has been listed as a probable drowning, police said Wednesday. Noll, of Rochester, Minn., disappeared late Nov. 6 after leaving a bar where he and some friends had celebrated his birthday.

Someone spotted Noll's body through thin ice on Half Moon Lake on the city's west side Tuesday evening, police said.

North Carolina

Girl missing since 1999 found

A girl who was 11 when she was abducted nearly four years ago came home from Mexico on Wednesday with two children of her own.

"Oh, my god, my baby, my baby," Wanda Pevia said as she held her daughter, Dana, now 15, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. With Dana were her children, 3-year-old Sandra and 3-month-old Francisco.

Pevia had last seen her daughter June 4, 1999, when she walked to her school bus stop.

Warrants have been issued charging Hector Majarro Frausto, 22, with kidnapping and statutory rape. Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Frausto was the Pevias' neighbor when Dana disappeared.

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