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4 Men Freed On Bail In Plot To Kill Castro

Four U.S. residents arrested in an alleged plot to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro were freed on bail Monday. U.S. District Judge Juan Perez released the three Miami residents and a New Jersey man on bails ranging from $30,000 to $50,000.

Political Opponent Executed In Mexico

An opposition leader in Guerrero state was shot and killed execution-style, bringing to five the number of Democratic Revolutionary Party activists slain in the southern state over the past week, a newspaper said Saturday. The newspaper Reforma said the body of Santana Alonso Arellano was found near a river early Friday. Arellano was also head of a transportation and taxi owners union. His union was involved in a dispute with a rival organization made up mostly by members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Gunman Assassinates Supreme Court Judge

A gunman assassinated a Spanish Supreme Court judge in Madrid on Monday afternoon, firing a shot at point-blank range to his head, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Justice Rafael Martinez Emperador, 68, was shot at the front door of his home in the capital's fashionable Salamanca district. He was pronounced dead soon after at a hospital a few blocks away.

Shiite Muslim Leader, Son, Bodyguards Killed

Gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed a Shiite Muslim leader, his son and three bodyguards Tuesday in the eastern Punjab capital of Lahore. Police said Zulfikar Hussein Naqvi, a candidate for the Punjab provincial legislature, was riding in a car downtown when gunmen on two motorcycles opened fire. Naqvi's son Syed Ammar also was killed.

Moderate Leader, 89, Survives Attack

Gunmen wielding automatic pistols opened fire Sunday on a moderate Islamic leader outside his mosque. Sheik Ahmed Sahnoun, 89, was hospitalized in satisfactory condition after the attack in Algiers, the capital of this North African nation bloodied by a four-year insurgency.

Bomb Raises Fear Of Election Violence

A powerful car bomb critically injured the running mate of Moscow's mayor Friday, triggering fresh fears of violence and civil unrest as the Russian presidential campaign reaches a climax. Valery Shantsev, who was running on the ticket with Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, was seriously burned when a radio-controlled bomb went off under his car as he left his apartment complex Friday morning. An aide and a passerby were also injured.

Man Gets 18 Months For Clinton Threat

A man who threatened to kill President Clinton was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison he already has served. Glenn R. Armstrong already had been turned over to state authorities to face other charges when he pleaded guilty to the federal charge in March. Armstrong had faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Man Points Gun At Turkish President

A man upset about Turkey's military cooperation with Israel pointed a gun at the president Saturday, but bodyguards tackled him and the president escaped unharmed. A Turkish journalist and a policeman were slightly injured when the gun went off during the scuffle.

Algerian Newspaper Editor Gunned Down

Unidentified gunmen killed an Algerian newspaper editor Saturday, the 58th to die since Islamic militants began targeting journalists in 1993. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the slaying of the journalist. But suspicion again fell on Muslim militants trying to topple the military-backed Algerian government and replace it with strict Islamic rule. Abdellah Bouhechak, 45, chief editor of the weekly Revolution and Work, was shot to death by an armed group in Blida, 30 miles south of Algiers.

Paramilitary Aide Arrested In Bombing

An aide to the leader of a powerful paramilitary group was arrested Thursday in the bombing that slightly injured Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze earlier this week. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said Alexander Ochorishvili, an aide to warlord Dzhaba Ioseliani, had been arrested. A search of Ochorishvili's office in the parliament building turned up several thousand rounds of ammunition, machine guns and pistols, and about $16,000, officials said.