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MEXICO

Police break up plot to smuggle Gadhafi’s son

MEXICO CITY | Mexico said Wednesday it had broken up an international plot to smuggle the son of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, al-Saadi Gadhafi, and his family into Mexico under false names and with false Mexican documents.

The plan allegedly involved two Mexicans, a Canadian and a Danish suspect, Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said.

The plot was uncovered in early September as al-Saadi Gadhafi was fleeing Libya after his father’s ouster. He never made it to Mexico, and is living in the Western African country of Niger.

UZBEKISTAN

President dismisses talk of post-Soviet pact

TASHKENT | President Islam Karimov on Wednesday strongly criticized a Russian-backed proposal for closer integration among former Soviet nations, saying history cannot be reversed.

“When they talk about the integration process and create different inter-state organizations to this end, we should always be vigilant of the fact that these organizations could become increasingly political,” said Mr. Karimov.

The comments were the first by Mr. Karimov since Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan last month agreed to set up a Eurasian economic union.

PARAGUAY

U.S. donation to help Paraguay fight guerrillas

ASUNCION | The U.S. government is giving Paraguay more than $1 million in equipment and training to help it combat a small guerrilla band in the north of the country.

A U.S. Embassy news release Wednesday said the donation includes vehicles, communications gear and improvements to police facilities in the jungle region where the Paraguayan People’s Army operates.

The leftist guerrilla group began to operate in 1999 and resurfaced in 2008.

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