An example of unusual wire news:


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Three Algerians die in small tremor, oil units safe


ALGIERS, July 31 (Reuters) - A tremor measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale
killed three people in western Algeria, but caused no damage to nearby oil
facilities, officials said on Monday.

The quake shook Ain Temouchent, 480 km (300 miles) west of the capital
Algiers on Sunday night. Residents said three street vendors died when the
wall of a house that was partially destroyed in a powerful quake last
December collapsed.

``The tremor caused great panic. Several families spent the night outside
their homes,'' Amina Kali, a resident of Ain Tolba told Reuters by telephone.

Algeria's state-run oil and gas company Sonatrach said the hydrocarbon
complex of Arzew, located some 50 km (30 miles) east of Ain Temouchent was
not affected.

Yelles Chaouch Abdelkarim, head of the state-run quake and geology research
centre, said: ``It was an aftershock of the December quake.''

At least 22 people were killed in the December 22 tremor, which measured 5.8
on Richter scale.

13:52 07-31-00