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UN security personnel destroyed sensitive documents, gathered up their computers, and abandoned border posts in Kosovo Tuesday after furious ethnic Serbs attacked them in the wake of the province's declaration of independence. Other Serbs set off small bombs in the stronghold of Kosovska Mitrovica. In Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, the government ordered its ambassadors home from the US and other nations that had extended diplomatic recognition to Kosovo.

The inflation rate in China rose last month to 7.1 percent, its highest level in almost 12 years, the government said, blaming the devastating winter storms that worsened food shortages. Analysts warned that pressure for wage increases and the rising costs of fuel and construction materials could push inflation near double digits in the months to come. Still, a new wave of buying by investors raised the Shanghai Composite Index, China's most widely watched stocks benchmark, by another 2.1 percent at Tuesday's close.

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