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SEOUL, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Explosions were heard on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island Friday, but there was no new attack from the North, the South's military said.

No shells landed on the island or nearby waters, Col. Lee Bung-woo told Yonhap.

"The firing was not aimed at us, and we believe the sounds were heard as North Korea conducted its routine training within its territory," he said.

But the North did unleash more verbal attacks Friday, threatening "a shower of dreadful fire" if its sovereignty is violated.

The statement was issued by the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, Yonhap reported.

The North said its forces "precisely targeted and struck" South Korean artillery units on the island Tuesday, killing four people, in an apparent admission of an intentional attack.

"The army and people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are now greatly enraged at the provocation of the puppet group while getting fully ready to give a shower of dreadful fire and blow up the bulwark of the enemies," the committee said.

The North proclaimed it is "ready to annihilate the enemies' stronghold."

The United States and South Korea plan joint exercises near Yeonpyeong starting Sunday.

Londoners prepare for train strike

LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Londoners are preparing for a 24-hour strike by thousands of transit workers who operate the London Underground train service, officials said.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association said workers would walk out at 6:30 p.m. Sunday to protest the loss of 800 ticket office jobs, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The action is the fourth 24-hour work stoppage in recent weeks, and talks at the conciliation service Acas ended Thursday without an agreement.

Officials said they would operate an extra 100 buses to alleviate problems caused by the striking tube workers.

"This daily crisis will only get worse unless there is an immediate halt to the cuts program and urgent top-level talks with the unions to map a way forward from this chaos," said Bob Crow, RMT general-secretary.

Transportation officials said the strikes hurt working Londoners who depend on public transportation to get to work.

"If they (unions) are serious about resolving this issue, they should call off their totally unnecessary strike immediately," said Howard Collins, chief operating officer of the London Underground. "We will talk to them right now on any genuine safety issues they have. We want an end to this dispute and believe that a resolution will be only achieved through talks, not by further threats to disrupt London."

Syrian FM: Peace pact or 'possible war'

DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem warned of the danger of a war with Israel if a peace agreement is not achieved.

"There is no doubt that closing the horizons to peace may lead to a possible war. This option always exists in our region as Israel usually outrageously evades the commitment to peace," he said in an interview in the weekly Moscow News Friday.

Details of the interview were reported by Ynetnews.com and The Jerusalem Post.

"I want to stress that a new war will not result in a winner and loser," he said, adding, "everyone will lose because the existing advanced military technology can cause great damage, even for the side with huge military power."

Asked to comment on the possibility of negotiations with Israel, Moallem said they are non-existent,

"The negotiations on the Syrian channel are possible as far as we are concerned if there is a partner, which seeks peace. However this does not exist at the moment. …The negotiations must take into account a full return to the Golan up to the June 4, 1967, border. This matter is not negotiable, and is the basis for a dialogue on the other issues stemming from it," he said.

His statements came a day after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned that failure to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians could result in a wave of global terror targeting Israel and its supporters.

Mubarak said "if negotiations are not renewed, then Israel would continue to build within the length and breadth of Palestinian lands and the time will come when the Palestinian state won't have enough land to build on and terror will spread throughout the world against Israel and those who support it," Ynetnews.com said.

Pakistan foils mosque suicide bomb attempt

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Attempted suicide assaults on a mosque and government buildings in Islamabad were thwarted Friday, Pakistan said.

One of the two men captured was wearing a bomb vest and was on his way to bomb a mosque during Friday prayers, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told state-run Pakistan Television. The other target was the Parliament and nearby offices.

"We have foiled a plot to attack parliament and surrounding buildings, and a mosque, and arrested two militants," Malik said.

He said the mosque was in a neighborhood inhabited by many wealthy Pakistanis and foreigners.

In the northwest, at least three people were wounded when two NATO helicopters that crossed the border from Afghanistan struck a village in North Waziristan's Dattakhel district Friday, Dawn News reported.

The helicopters, several miles into Pakistani territory, hit the village of Lowara Mandi, according to television reports in Peshawar.

There has been no official comment on the report.

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