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Death sentences of medics commuted

TRIPOLI — The death sentences of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV have been commuted to life in prison, a top Libyan official said yesterday.

The ruling was issued after the families of the children each received $1 million and agreed to drop their demand for the execution of the six, who deny having infected more than 400 children and say their confessions were extracted under torture.

Libya’s Supreme Court upheld the six medics’ death sentences last week, but the government’s Supreme Judiciary Council, which met late yesterday, can overrule the court.


Archbishop accused of affair with aide

HARARE — Zimbabwe’s state-run press published pictures yesterday that it said showed the head of the country’s Roman Catholic Church, one of President Robert Mugabe’s foremost critics, in bed with a married woman.

Pius Ncube, the archbishop of Bulawayo, was unavailable for comment about the pictures published in the Bulawayo-based Chronicle newspaper. The grainy pictures were plastered over several pages under the headline “The Pius Act.”

Archbishop Ncube has been a constant thorn in the side of the Mugabe regime, calling for the people of Zimbabwe to rise up against his rule and declaring his readiness to “go in front of blazing guns.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports