- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2003

YUGOSLAVIA
Parliament to vote on dissolution Tuesday
BELGRADE The Yugoslav parliament will convene early this week to vote on a draft constitution that will officially dissolve Yugoslavia and create a new European state, Tanjug news agency reported Friday.
The debate scheduled for Tuesday in both houses is the last step in a 9-month process of negotiations between lawmakers of Serbia and Montenegro, the two constituent republics in federal Yugoslavia, it said.
The republics' parliaments have already approved the constitution. The new state, to be called Serbia and Montenegro, envisages a looser union than the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

FRANCE
Thousands march in defense of pension
PARIS Thousands of people marched throughout France yesterday to protest the government's effort to reform the precarious pension system.
Even before the largest of more than 100 anticipated marches got under way in Paris, at least 40,000 demonstrators took to the streets in cities such as Toulouse, Bordeaux and Rennes.
The protesters want to protect France's policy of providing retirement with full benefits starting at age 60.

SWEDEN
Paternity row resolved after 55 years
STOCKHOLM Making a baby doesn't take long. Proving you didn't can take half a century.
The Supreme Court of Sweden last week said 79-year-old Ragnar Johansson is not the father of a 55-year-old woman, overturning a lower court decision from 1949.
The decision ended a long-standing paternity dispute, but was unlikely to lead to reimbursement for the child support Mr. Johansson paid as the child grew up.
The girl was born in 1948. The 1949 decision, well ahead of the advent of DNA technology, was based on blood tests and circumstantial evidence.

BRITAIN
Torso found in Thames traced to Nigeria
LONDON The origins of a young boy whose torso was found in the Thames River 16 months ago have been narrowed from five West African countries to a region of Nigeria, police said Friday.
Forensic scientists compared traces of Precambrian rock from the boy's bones with traces found in soil samples, rocks and animal droppings across a vast area of the West African country.
The torso of the boy, believed to be 5 to 7 years old, was found Sept. 21, 2001, near London's Tower Bridge.
NORWAY
106-year-old called to start first grade
OSLO Ingeborg Bertea Thuen was delighted when local authorities offered her free bus rides to the school she's supposed to attend as a first-grader this fall.
The last time Mrs. Thuen started school, in 1903, she had to walk an hour each way.
"That's great," the 106-year-old Mrs. Thuen told the Oslo newspaper Dagsavisen on Friday about the free ride. "It's quite a way to walk."
She was born in 1897, but computers in Os township, near the west coast city of Bergen, misread her birth date as 1997. Thinking her to be 6 years old, she was sent a letter about her new school.

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