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Protests in Taiwan heat up over nuclear power plant

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Anti-nuclear rioters hurled gasoline bombs and rocks and smashed through police barricades today after parliament voted to restore money for Taiwan's controversial fourth nuclear power station.

As fires burned in the streets outside parliament, police responded by dousing demonstrators with water cannons in one of the worst outbreaks of political chaos to mar Taiwan's fledgling democracy.

Parts of Taipei's government district were sealed off to control pro- and anti-nuclear demonstrators as parliament debated whether to uphold its cancellation of the $4.1 billion needed to complete the unfinished nuclear plant.

Eiffel Tower designer joins luminaries on French money

PARIS - France unveiled a new 200-franc banknote today, featuring a picture of Eiffel Tower builder Gustave Eiffel.

The 200-franc bill is the third in the new series of notes bearing pictures of famous French men and women: writer Antoine de Saint Exupery, Pierre and Marie Curie and painter Paul Cezanne.

Cambodian king's pardon will nearly empty prisons

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - King Norodom Sihanouk granted amnesty today to nearly all prisoners and proposed tearing down Cambodia's dilapidated prisons.

Only people convicted of serious crimes judged to be too dangerous will remain incarcerated.

The amnesty comes a month after the king reluctantly pardoned guerrilla leader Ieng Sary, whose Khmer Rouge is blamed for the deaths of as many as 2 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.

The pardon was part of a peace deal with Sary's Khmer faction.

6.2 quake in sea near Japan prompts tsunami warnings

TOKYO - An earthquake jolted parts of southwestern Japan today, causing no major damage but prompting tsunami wave warnings.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale, struck below the sea floor 600 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Germany assails Scientology for comparing itself with Jews

BONN, Germany - Germany said today the U.S.-based Church of Scientology was insulting millions of Jewish victims of the Holocaust by leveling "totally absurd" charges that Bonn uses Nazi tactics against the church's followers.

An anti-German Scientology advertisement in The New York Times yesterday compared contemporary German attitudes toward the religious organization with the Nazi persecution of the Jews.

In Germany, Scientology is not classed as a church, and many politicians say it exploits the weak.

- Seattle Times news services