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U.S. begins training Colombian drug troops

BOGOTA, Colombia U.S. troops have begun training Colombian soldiers at a jungle base, officials said yesterday, as a $1.3-billion U.S. aid initiative to help Colombia fight drugs and rebels gets under way.

The 83 U.S. military personnel are working with members of a Colombian anti-narcotics battalion at Larandia military base, Colombian and U.S. officials said.

The base is located in the Amazon River jungle near the main stronghold of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Germany to block Nazi Web sites

BERLIN Germany moved yesterday to block Nazi slogans posted on German Web addresses. But officials worried about rising neo-Nazi violence concede there's little they can do about sites based elsewhere in cyberspace especially the United States.

The initiative comes as Germans search for ways to combat a wave of neo-Nazi activity, ranging from vandalism at Jewish cemeteries to attacks on minorities that have left three persons dead so far this year.

Liberia's Taylor to expel dissidents

MONROVIA, Liberia Liberian President Charles Taylor has given his armed forces 72 hours to expel dissidents staging a month-old rebellion in the north of the country, his defense minister said yesterday.

Mr. Taylor, a former warlord, blames his rivals from Liberia's civil war, which ended with elections won by Mr. Taylor in 1997.

Foreign prisoners moved to Belgrade

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Two Canadians and two Britons arrested by the Yugoslav army in Montenegro a week ago were brought to Belgrade yesterday, where they may face trial for attempted terrorism.

British and Canadian diplomats in the Yugoslav capital said they had not been allowed access to the men, who Western officials say were on vacation from jobs as part of the international peace effort in Kosovo.

Yugoslavia's Foreign Ministry finally notified Canada and Britain of the arrests yesterday as well as informing a Dutch diplomat of the arrests of four Dutch nationals two weeks earlier.

Corrupt official ousted from Chinese party

BEIJING China expelled a provincial bureaucrat from the ruling Communist Party after authorities discovered he used his power to put friends and relatives in government posts, state-run media said yesterday.

Zhou Wenji also lost his job as deputy chairman of the Ningxia branch of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a government advisory body, Xinhua News agency said. Ningxia is a remote northwestern province.

The announcement of Mr. Zhou's disgrace comes amid a nationwide anti-corruption campaign.

Anwar sentenced to nine years

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim launched a meteoric political career from jail. Now, it looks like his once-bright future could end there.

The former deputy prime minister was found guilty and sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for sodomy.

Tuesday's sentence was added to six years imposed in 1999 for a corruption conviction.

Anwar came to prominence as a student leader and served 22 months in prison in 1974 and 1975 for leading a demonstration by impoverished farmers.

Indonesian leader eats humble pie

JAKARTA, Indonesia Indonesia's president sat in silence in front of lawmakers yesterday, listening to speeches complaining he had done little to fix the economy or end bloody separatist and religious conflicts.

But others speaking at the annual forum of the nation's highest legislature were positive about Abdurrahman Wahid's record and there were no calls for his impeachment.

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