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World Briefing - 2003-04-01

An Internet hoax about that killer virus from China has triggered a panic in Hong Kong, forcing the government to deny it plans to isolate the entire territory. At the same time, authorities are setting up quarantine camps for victims of the respiratory epidemic that is responsible for at least 16 deaths in Hong Kong and another 43 worldwide.

Political and rebel leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo have adopted resolutions in a power-sharing deal to end more than four years of civil war.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says a hijacked Cuban airliner has landed in Key West, Florida, with about 30 people on board.

Israel says it opposes the Bush administration's release later this month of a plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace until terror attacks against Israel end.

Nigeria's main labor union has called off a public sector strike that was further threatening oil production in the West African nation. The strike was due to begin Tuesday.