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World Briefing - 2003-03-06

Algeria's national airline says one of its aircraft has crashed, killing 102 people on board. One person survived. The Air Algerie Boeing 737 went down shortly after takeoff in southern Algeria. The plane was bound for the capital, Algiers, with 97 passengers and six crew on-board. China has introduced plans for a new national budget that addresses the country's goals of combating poverty, and unemployment and reducing the deficit. China's finance minister says the proposed budget, introduced Thursday at China's National People's Congress, allocates billions of dollars to reduce taxes and fees.

Philippine police say they have evidence that Muslim rebels planted a deadly bomb that killed 21 people Tuesday at an airport in the southern part of the country. Investigators say the bomb was triggered by a 23-year-old member of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front

In Colombia, authorities have blamed leftist rebels for a bomb blast Wednesday that killed seven people and injured 68 others at a shopping center in the northeastern part of the country.

And, the Argentine Supreme Court has overturned a government decree that forcibly converted bank accounts from dollars into pesos. The account, worth about 247 million dollars, was devalued last year after the government ended the peso's one-to-one peg with the dollar.