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Millions found in oil barrels in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Salvadoran police say they have found a third oil drum stuffed with millions of dollars in cash that they believe to be drug trafficking profits.

National Civil Police director Carlos Ascencio says the plastic barrel was found Friday night buried in an upscale neighborhood west of the capital, San Salvador. He says it contained packets of $100 bills adding up to $4.2 million.

This is the third barrel of money authorities have found in a week.

The first two barrels, containing about $10 million in U.S. dollars, were found on a ranch outside the capital last week.

North Korea silent on political conference

SEOUL — North Korea remained silent Saturday about a kickoff date for a political conference widely expected to mark a hereditary power transfer, but it took a step in the meantime toward mending frayed ties with South Korea.

The North's state-run news agency reported Saturday that the Pyongyang government wants to resume a reunion program for families living on opposite sides of the border that divides the peninsula. If the South agrees, as observers say is likely, select Koreans will be able to see relatives for the first time in a year.

However, no further clues were offered about an upcoming Workers' Party conference in Pyongyang, which state media had initially slated for "early September."

2 police killed, 5 hurt in attacks in Russia

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — Several attacks in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region have left two police officers dead and another five wounded, officials said Saturday.

The ministry's branch in the Caspian Sea province of Dagestan says one officer was gunned down late Friday on the outskirts of the regional capital, Makhachkala.

Another policeman was killed Friday in the province of Ingushetia west of Chechnya. The gunmen shot and killed him outside an auto repair shop in the region's main city of Nazran.

In another attack Saturday in the province of Kabardino-Balkariya, a truck carrying police hit a radio-controlled land mine, leaving five policemen wounded.

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