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More than 3,000 locked out at Cambodian garment plant

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - More than 3,000 workers were locked out of Cambodia's largest garment factory today after they demanded better working conditions, sparking the third labor protest in a week in the capital.

Workers for Cambodia Garments, led by opposition politician Sam Rainsy and chiefs of their new union, marched six miles from their factory to the Council of Ministers, the National Assembly and the palace, where King Norodom Sihanouk agreed to meet with the workers tomorrow morning.

Kong Yee Cheng, executive director of Cambodia Garments, denied worker allegations of long hours, low pay and poor conditions.

Bardot denies she incited racial hatred against Muslims

PARIS - Brigitte Bardot denied in court today that she incited racial hatred by saying that France was being invaded by sheep-slaughtering Muslims.

In an opinion column in the conservative daily Le Figaro last April, the 62-year-old former screen sex symbol and outspoken animal-rights activist had denounced the ritual slaughter of sheep for the Muslim festival of Aid al-Kebir.

"There is an enormous number of Muslims in France now," she said. "These people have come to our country but don't apply our laws . . . I'm just saying out loud what everyone thinks quietly."

German party expels three for being Scientologists

BONN, Germany - Chancellor Helmut Kohl's governing Christian

Democratic Union party expelled three members today because they belong to the Church of Scientology.

The German government claims Scientology is largely a money-making organization with some traits of organized crime. The U.S.-based church, which claims 30,000 members in Germany, accused German officials of persecution.

U.S., Japan to exchange data on mishaps involving military

TOKYO - The U.S. and Japan said today they would try to work out a plan to exchange information quickly on accidents involving U.S. military forces here.

The agreement came after a bomb was jettisoned by a U.S. military aircraft last week into Japanese waters off Okinawa.

Although the bomb fell harmlessly into the sea, a controversy flared over the way the U.S. military and Japanese authorities responded to the incident. It took the U.S. military six hours to notify the Japanese Foreign Ministry of the incident.

Deaths from E. coli outbreak in Scotland rise to 15

AIRDRIE, Scotland - Fifteen people have now died in Great Britain's worst outbreak of food poisoning, officials said today.

A 76-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman died last night in a hospital in the Scottish town of Airdrie, local health-board officials said.

Most of the cases of E. coli food poisoning are linked to two Scottish butcher shops.

Yuli Khariton, 92, dies; was father of Soviet atom bomb

MOSCOW - Yuli Khariton, the Cambridge-educated nuclear physicist widely regarded as the father of the Soviet atom bomb, died today at 92, Russian news agencies said.

Khariton, one of Russia's most honored and decorated scientists, often said the greatest moment of his life came on Aug. 29, 1949, when the first Soviet atom bomb was tested near Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan. Four years later, in October 1953, the Soviet Union tested its first hydrogen bomb.

Khariton admitted that his research center at Sarov, then known as Arzamas-16, had made extensive use of intelligence on the U.S nuclear project provided by Western spies such as Klaus Fuchs.