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10/31/05 World News:  Kashmiri Militants Claim Responsibility for India Blasts


India is preparing today (Monday) for the biggest festival on the Hindu calendar under heavy security as authorities track down the group behind Saturday's deadly bombings in New Delhi.
Many people in the capital city are still trying to locate missing friends and relatives on the eve of Diwali -- the festival of lights -- and a few days before Eid al-Fitr, the biggest festival on the Muslim Calendar.
Meanwhile, authorities are trying to verify the claims of an obscure Kashmiri militant group, the Islamic Inquilab Mahaz, which telephoned newspapers to take credit for the blasts that killed at least 59 people and injured more than 150.

Tens of thousands of people of all races waited for hours outside the Capitol Building in Washington early today (Monday) to pay final respects to Rosa Parks, the African-American woman whose act of defiance on a city bus set off the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
Mrs. Parks is the first woman to lie in honor in the rotunda of the capitol. People began to file past her casket Sunday evening after a brief ceremony attended by President Bush and other dignitaries.

Authorities in Japan say they have detected signs of bird flu at a farm north of Tokyo.
Japan's Kyodo news agency said today (Monday) officials plan to kill 82-thousand chickens at the farm.
The farm is in a quarantined area (of Ibaraki prefecture) where media reports say approximately one-and-a-half million birds have already been culled because of past bird-flu outbreaks.

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