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Nicaragua sets up 25-mile security zone

Nicaragua decided Saturday to create a 25-mile air-and-sea ''security zone'' in response to escalating attacks by antigovernment rebels. The government warned that stiff penalties would be imposed for violations of the new territorial limits.

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The announcement came as rebels staged an attack on a geothermal power plant in western Nicaragua, government officials said. On Friday, rebels attacked a ship unloading at the Caribbean port of Puerto Cabezas, 250 miles northeast of Managua. One worker was killed in the attack.