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Prime minister's wife gives birth to baby boy

May 21, 2000

 

LONDON, MAY 20 (AP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie welcomed their fourth child - a baby boy - on Saturday. The boy will be named Leo, after Blair's father, his office announced.

 

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Fiji: security forces back government

May 21, 2000

 

SUVA, MAY 20 (AP) - The leader of armed rebels holding over a dozen hostages, including the prime minister, vowed Saturday not to give up even as the country's security institutions showed no signs of

supporting their attempted coup.

 

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Nuclear and non-nuclear nations push to settle key differences

May 21, 2000

 

UNITED NATIONS, MAY 20 (AP) - The nuclear powers and non-nuclear nations neared agreement on a new nuclear disarmament agenda but a final accord was stalled by a dispute between Iraq and the United States over Baghdad's nuclear weapons program.

 

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Tamil paper shut down for breaking war censorship rules

May 21, 2000

 

COLOMBO, MAY 20 (AP) - Officials shut down northern Jaffna's only Tamil newspaper for violating censorship laws by reporting suspected casualties in an air force bombing raid, the government

censor said Saturday.

 

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Appeals court opens shutter for nude photography

May 21, 2000

 

NEW YORK, MAY 20 (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a photographer has a constitutional right to assemble a large group of nude people on a street to take their picture.

 

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Armed protesters hold prime minister in parliament

May 20, 2000

 

SUVA, Fiji, MAY 19 (AP) - In an apparent coup, armed protesters stormed Fiji's parliament Friday and locked Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and seven Cabinet ministers in an upstairs room, Australian Broadcasting Corp. Radio and local media reported.

 

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Sierra Leone's dilemma: what to do with rebel chief?

May 20, 2000

   

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, MAY 19 (AP) - Calling captured rebel leader Foday Sankoh "a very vicious man," Sierra Leone's attorney general said the government is nonetheless determined to resist pressure from angry citizens to take drastic action against him.

 

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Allies part ways with United States - again

May 20, 2000

   

WASHINGTON, MAY 19 (AP) - Some of America's best friends split away to approve dlrs 232 million in World Bank loans to Iran, despite intensive lobbying by U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

 

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China, Taiwan enter new political era with tensions high

May 20, 2000

 

TAIPEI, MAY 19 (AP) - The worst-case scenario was that Chinese missiles would rain down on Taiwan because the island's newly elected president would rashly declare independence in the months after his stunning victory.

 

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Security Council approves arms embargo against Ethiopia-Eritrea

May 19, 2000

 

UNITED NATIONS, MAY 18 (AP) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved an arms embargo against Ethiopia and Eritrea following the latest flare-up in their two-year war.

 

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Tamil rebels set to take Jaffna, Military's supply line under threat

May 19, 2000

 

NEW DELHI, MAY 18 (AP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday said they now have control over two strategic roads leading into Jaffna and are pounding the military's only airport in the region to

cut off supplies for 40,000 troops defending the northern Jaffna peninsula.

 

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Dozens dead after massive flooding in East and West Timor

May 19, 2000

 

DILI, MAY 18 (AP) - At least 50 people have died in massive floods that washed away refugee camps along the border between East Timor and the Indonesian-controlled western half of the island, U.N. officials said Thursday.

 

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Palestinians: Israeli general threatened to bomb Arafat's headquarters

May 19, 2000

 

JERUSALEM, MAY 18 (UNB/AP) - An Israeli general threatened to bomb Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah after Palestinians fired shots near his own

headquarters during violent clashes earlier this week, a Palestinian official said Thursday.

 

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Protected by Taliban, bin Laden runs a clandestine network With US-Clinton

May 19, 2000

 

ISLAMABAD, MAY 18 (AP) - Sheltered by his Taliban hosts and constantly on the move, Osama bin Laden reportedly spends most of his time overseeing three terrorist training camps in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province.

 

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China signs WTO deal with Latvia, continues talks with EU

May 18, 2000

 

BEIJING, MAY 17 (AP) - Having secured an agreement with Latvia, negotiators seeking to bring China into the World Trade Organization before year's end continued working Wednesday on securing the big prize: a deal with the European Union.

 

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Sonia Gandhi faces increasing criticism from within her party

May 18, 2000

 

NEW DELHI, MAY 17 (AP) - Sonia Gandhi, the powerful chief of the opposition Congress party, is facing increasing criticism from colleagues and poor turnouts at her rallies.

 

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Parliament gives first approval to bill barring Jerusalem status changes

May 18, 2000

 

JERUSALEM, MAY 17 (UNB/AP) - Israel's parliament Wednesday gave first approval to two measures that would set limits on government peace negotiators discussing the final status of Jerusalem and the return of Palestinian refugees.

 

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Philippine military suffers casualties in fight against Muslim rebels

May 18, 2000

 

MANILA, MAY 17 (AP) - At least 113 government soldiers have been killed and more than 470 others wounded during a five-month offensive against Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines, the most since the height of the insurgency about 25 years ago, an official said Wednesday.

 

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Yugoslav government shuts down media outlets

May 18, 2000

 

BELGRADE, MAY 17 (AP) - Making good on threats of a crackdown, police Wednesday took control of several media outlets critical of President Slobodan Milosevic and his government.

     

Police in woolen masks took over Studio B television and the popular independent radio B2-92 overnight at the stations' headquarters in downtown Belgrade.

 

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Japan earmarks 400 bl yen to create jobs

May 17, 2000

 

TOKYO, MAY 16 (AP) - In a move to ease record-high unemployment, the Japanese government on Tuesday unveiled plans to spend 400 billion yen (dlrs 3.67 billion) creating jobs

 

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Beijing pressures Taiwan to accept 'one China'

May 17, 2000

 

BEIJING, MAY 16  (AP) - After thwarting a Taiwanese bid for observer status in the World Health Organization, China offered Tuesday to discuss Taiwan's participation in international activities if the island accepts that it is a part of China.

 

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Bush touts free trade, links with Mexico

May 17, 2000

AUSTIN, MAY 16 (AP) - Shortly after he was elected governor, George W. Bush attended the inauguration of Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo. Friendship blossomed as the Texan promoted free trade and close ties.

 

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Sri Lanka increases defense budget by dlrs 180 ml

May 17, 2000

 

COLOMBO, MAY 16 (AP) - Sri Lanka's government Tuesday said it was increasing its defense spending for the year 2000 by dlrs 180 million to help fight Tamil Tiger separatists.

 

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Social Democrats stay on top in Germany's biggest state

May 16, 2000

 

BERLIN, MAY 15 (AP) - Germany's biggest state returned Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats to power despite efforts by the scandal-plagued Christian Democrats to win votes by attacking government plans to import foreign workers for Germany's booming

computer industry.

 

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Reports of continued heavy fighting as Ethiopians vote in generalelections

May 16, 2000

 

ADDIS ABABA, MAY 15 (AP) - Ethiopian troops captured several strategic spots in continued fighting with Eritrea, a government spokeswoman said. Meanwhile, Ethiopians voted in general elections that reportedly turned deadly, with security forces allegedly

opening fire on protesters.

 

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Strong earthquake hits Indonesia

May 16, 2000

 

JAKARTA, MAY 15 (AP) - A strong earthquake hit a remote area of Indonesia on Monday, shaking houses and damaging buildings, but no casualties were immediately reported.     

  

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Former Japanese prime minister dies

May 15, 2000

 

TOKYO, May 14 (UNB/AP) - Former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, who was replaced last month as premier after suffering a stroke, died Sunday, officials said. He was 62.

  

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Israel, Palestinians miss another peace deadline

May 15, 2000

 

JERUSALEM, MAY 14 (AP) - Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian protesters for a second day Saturday as the Palestinian leadership accused Israel of making peace negotiators miss another deadline for the outlines of a final treaty.

  

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Indian high commission to provide visas online in Sri Lanka

May 15, 2000

 

COLOMBO, MAY 14 (UNB/AP) - The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka's capital will offer visas on-line, officials said Sunday.

 

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Japanese tobacco industry, politicians snuff out anti-smoking targets

May 15, 2000

 

TOKYO, MAY 14 (AP) - When health officials drew up Japan's latest 10-year national fitness plan, they decided numerical targets were just what the doctor ordered.

 

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Kabila's envoy meets Rwandan president in rare contact

May 15, 2000

 

KIGALI, MAY 14 (AP) - A Congolese envoy on Saturday carried a rare message of peace from President Laurent Kabila to Rwanda, Congo's principal enemy in its 1 1/2-year civil war, Rwandan

officials said.

 

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