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A splinter group of the Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the shooting deaths of two British soldiers at their base in Northern Ireland late Saturday. But the leader of the political party allied with the IRA, Gerry Adams, insisted "there is no popular support for these actions." He said, "The ground that has been gained for the decent, ordinary people across this island cannot be surrendered to anyone." The Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders of the power-sharing government both vowed that the attack would not weaken their coalition.Skip to next paragraph
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Antigovernment protesters were gathering in Madagascar's capital Monday for another rally amid reports that a group of soldiers also was rebelling. About 30 officers at a base outside the capital, Antananarivo, were refusing to take further orders from President Marc Ravalomanana. At last word, there was no violence, but the government warned it would take "military measures" against the mutineers rather than risk their dissent spreading to the enlisted ranks.
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela warned Colombia that he'd "fire up" his nation's tanks and jet fighters if any of the latter's troops crossed their common border. Chávez spoke after Colombian Defense Minister and prospective presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos said he wouldn't rule out pursuing rebel units into adjacent countries. Last year, Colombian troops killed leftist rebel chief Raul Reyes and 25 followers on Ecuadoran soil, triggering a diplomatic row that still simmers.
Ten thousand members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union are to vote Tuesday on an agreement with General Motors to freeze pay and pensions until 2012. The deal, seen as a template for pacts with Ford and Chrysler, also calls for suspension of cost-of-living adjustments for wages and benefits, among other features, to help the deeply troubled automakers. A union spokesman called the agreement "a cultural shift for our organization."