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Riot police patrol Jamaican resort town in wake of violence NEGRIL, Jamaica - Police in full riot gear patrolled the streets of a western resort town in Jamaica on Sunday, a day after a mob set fire to several buildings.

The crowd was angered by the death of a 14-year-old boy who was shot by a police officer responding to a fruit vendor's complaint of boys throwing rocks at his shop.

Police say the shooting was an accident but witnesses say it was deliberate and on Saturday about 300 people gathered in this town for a protest that quickly turned violent.

Demonstrators shattered windows at two banks, then threw firebombs through them. They also set fire to convenience stores, initially preventing firefighters from reaching the burning buildings.

No one was arrested but to prevent further violence, about 50 police officers in full riot gear patrolled the streets on Sunday. Police said the strong presence would last until at least Monday.

Some of Jamaica's premiere tourist resorts are in the area of Negril but they were not affected by the violence, officials said.

Human rights groups have criticized frequent killings by Jamaican police. Last year, 133 people were fatally shot by police, according to Amnesty International. Forty-four people have been fatally shot by police this year, authorities said.

Venezuela's Chavez blames opponents for politically related death CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez blamed his political foes Sunday for provoking a shooting spree that resulted in a man's death during an opposition march last week.

Chavez said the May Day violence was the latest attempt by his opponents to destabilize Venezuela and undermine his presidency.

"It's the same format, the same script, the same characters," Chavez said, drawing similarities with a failed military coup against him last year and a series of high-profile killings in recent months.

On each occasion the opposition has blamed civilian deaths on violent supporters of the government and said a climate of impunity has prevented those responsible from being convicted.

Ricardo Herrera, a 46-year-old construction worker, was shot and killed at Thursday's rally by an unknown gunman who escaped on a motorcycle. Police have made several arrests in connection with the shooting.

Cofavic, a Venezuelan human rights group, said Saturday that political violence is on the rise and attributed the problem in party to a lax justice system. Cofavic said 57 people have been killed and over 300 injured by gunfire in politically motivated violence since the failed coup in April 2002.

Americans appoint 3 to head Iraq's Oil Ministry BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's American administrators have appointed two Iraqi oil officials and a retired American oil executive to head Iraq's Oil Ministry, a spokesman for the team helping to rebuild Iraq said Sunday.

Thamer Abbas al-Ghadban, who was general director of the ministry's studies, planning and follow-up departments, will be the ministry's chief executive officer, according to John Kincannon, a spokesman for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance.

His deputy will be Fadhil Othman, a former Iraqi oil executive who has spent recent years in exile, will be al-Ghadban's deputy, Kincannon said.

The head of the ministry's advisory board will be Philip J. Carroll, a retired chief executive of Shell Oil Co., Kincannon said. Shell Oil Co. is the U.S. arm of London-based Royal Dutch-Shell Group.

The United States is treading carefully as it appoints overseers for Iraq's government operations, and nowhere, perhaps is more sensitive than the oil sector. Many Iraqis have said they believe American occupiers have designs on the country's oil.

President Bush has said that Iraq's oil will be used to benefit the Iraqi people.

Iraq faces the challenge of boosting oil output to the 3.5 million barrels a day it pumped before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

Lebanese authorities arrest leader of terrorist network BEIRUT, Lebanon - The leader of a terrorist network suspected in a string of attacks on Western targets in Lebanon was arrested Sunday.

Khaled Mohammed al-Ali was arrested in coordination with Syrian security forces in Lebanon, a Lebanese army statement said. The statement said he was being questioned about several security-related incidents.

Last month, Lebanese authorities arrested 22 people suspected in several recent attacks on fast-food restaurants, including an April 5 bombing that injured five people in a McDonald's restaurant in the northern Beirut suburb of Dora.

Six were later released but 16 remain in custody, some of whom the government says are linked to Islamic extremists.

Prosecutor General Adnan Addoum has said the group was planning more attacks on U.S. and British interests in Lebanon, notably the the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy.

Anti-American sentiment has been running high in the Middle East, fueled by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Iraq.

Queen's representative in Australia may have to resign SYDNEY, Australia - Queen Elizabeth's representative in Australia is facing fresh pressure to resign after a church report revealed more allegations of his failure to act against a known pedophile.

Politicians and community groups alike are calling for the ouster of Governor-General Peter Hollingworth after a Queensland state Anglican Church report found he allowed a priest to continue his ministry in the 1990s despite knowing he was a child abuser. At the time, Hollingworth was Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.

Prime Minister John Howard, who appointed Hollingworth, has staunchly backed him. But members of Howard's government are no longer so supportive.

Earlier Sunday, federal Treasurer Peter Costello also said there were no grounds for Howard to dismiss Hollingworth, because the focus has been on his conduct prior to becoming governor-general.

But he added: "Most Australians would say that he … should have taken a stronger line against those priests that he knew had engaged in molestation."

Under Australia's constitution, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is head of state and the governor-general is her representative here.

The Queensland church report was released last week, but Howard has not presented it to Parliament, a move some politicians have condemned as stifling debate.

Magnitude 5.8 quake jolts China's northwest BEIJING - A strong earthquake hit China's northwestern region of Xinjiang late Sunday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude 5.8 quake occurred at 11:44 p.m. between Jiashi and Bachu counties on the edge of the Taklimakan Desert about 1,800 miles west of Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The same area was hit by a powerful 6.8-magnitude temblor Feb. 24 which killed 268 people.

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