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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn / February 20, 2008

UN security personnel destroyed sensitive documents, gathered up their computers, and abandoned border posts in Kosovo Tuesday after furious ethnic Serbs attacked them in the wake of the province's declaration of independence. Other Serbs set off small bombs in the stronghold of Kosovska Mitrovica. In Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, the government ordered its ambassadors home from the US and other nations that had extended diplomatic recognition to Kosovo.

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The inflation rate in China rose last month to 7.1 percent, its highest level in almost 12 years, the government said, blaming the devastating winter storms that worsened food shortages. Analysts warned that pressure for wage increases and the rising costs of fuel and construction materials could push inflation near double digits in the months to come. Still, a new wave of buying by investors raised the Shanghai Composite Index, China's most widely watched stocks benchmark, by another 2.1 percent at Tuesday's close.

Negotiations resumed in Kenya between representatives of President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga on sharing power, but no early resolution appeared likely.A senior aide to Kibaki bristledwhen he was reminded that as she ended her visit Monday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "The time for a political settlement was yesterday." Said the aide: "Those are her views. [But] this is not America; this is Kenya."

Coup leader and interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama appointed himself as head Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs Tuesday, a move that analysts said tightens his control over the Pacific island nation.Bainimarama suspended the council early last year after it refused to endorse his seizure of power in 2006. The panel chooses Fiji's president and vice president. Bainimarama has pledged to hold an election that would return democratic rule by March of next year.