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UKRAINE

Ex-president probed in reporter’s death

KIEV | Former Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma is to be questioned in a 10-year investigation into the slaying of an investigative journalist, prosecutors said.

Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said Tuesday that Mr. Kuchma is suspected of abusing his office powers by giving orders to Interior Ministry officials that “eventually led to the journalist’s killing.”

The former president has been banned from leaving Ukraine as part of the probe, he added.

Journalist Heorhiy Gongadze - well known for exposing high-level corruption - was kidnapped in September 2000 at the age of 31. His headless body was discovered outside the Ukraine capital, Kiev.

GERMANY

Brain problems led to polar bear’s death

BERLIN | Brain problems apparently caused the surprisingly early death of Knut, Germany’s 4-year-old celebrity polar bear, the Berlin Zoo said Tuesday.

Initial findings from a necropsy performed Monday by an institute in the German capital showed “significant changes to the brain, which can be viewed as a reason for the polar bear’s sudden death,” the zoo said in a statement.

From wire dispatches and staff reports