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The search for Saddam Hussein shifted to Iraq's capital, Baghdad, Sunday night, reports said, but US commanders would not confirm that their forces had raided the home of an influential tribal leader in the upscale Mansoor neighborhood. Visiting Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, however, that Hussein is "so busy [just] surviving that he's having no impact on the security situation here." Meanwhile, soldiers found a freshly buried cache of antitank mines, dozens of mortar rounds, and hundreds of pounds of gunpowder only a quarter-mile from the base in Tikrit used by the US 4th Infantry Division.

An American was among at least five people wounded in a clash with Israeli troops as construction of the security fence in the West Bank became the latest focus of contention in peace efforts with the Palestinians. Reports said hundreds of protesters gathered on either side of a gate near the village of Anin and tried to tear it down before the soldiers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Israel says it needs the barrier to keep out terrorist bombers. But Palestinians argue that it will unilaterally fix the boundary of their future state. Above, in Jerusalem, a border policeman stops a Palestinian trying to squeeze through the makeshift wall that's due to be replaced by the fence. (Editorial, page 10.)

Six Muslim militants who refused police orders to surrender died in a raid on their hideout in north-central Saudi Arabia, the government's Interior Ministry announced. Two policemen also were killed in the raid, and eight others were wounded. Four people were arrested for harboring the suspects. The raid was the latest in what has become a weekly series following repeated calls by the Bush administration for the government to do more to crack down on Islamic militancy.

A rebel leader sent word that he'd be willing to talk with the Australian peacekeepers assembling in the Solomon Islands to stave off anarchy. Jimmy Rasta of the ethnic Malaitan Eagle Force said his followers "don't want to fight" the peacekeepers and would be "wholeheartedly" willing to surrender their weapons in exchange for amnesty. But rival Harold Keke of the Guadalcanal Liberation Front has neither sought talks nor offered to give up his weapons, reports said.

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