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Sinn Fein to defy flying of Union Jack

BELFAST Sinn Fein ministers in the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland will defy orders to fly the British flag at their offices this weekend, the party said yesterday.

The Irish Republican Army's political wing said its two ministers would not order the Union Jack to be flown on Remembrance Sunday, when Britain honors its war dead.

It is in direct contravention of a ruling by Peter Mandelson, the British minister responsible for Northern Ireland, that the flag must be flown on 17 specified days.

For republicans, who want to end British rule over the province, the Union Jack symbolizes everything they have been trying to eradicate. For Protestants, it is symbolic of their heritage and future.

Cuba curbs condemned in U.N. by 167-3

NEW YORK The U.N. General Assembly resoundingly criticized the United States yesterday for maintaining sanctions on Cuba for nearly four decades and urged Washington to lift them as soon as possible.

The nonbinding, Cuban-drafted resolution passed with 167 votes in favor the widest margin in the nine years that Cuba has brought the initiative to the United Nations. Only the United States, Israel and the Marshall Islands voted against it. Four countries abstained.

The resolution, introduced by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, was nearly identical to ones approved in years past.

200,000 recall night of Nazi rampage

BERLIN More than 200,000 people solemnly marched through the German capital yesterday in memory of victims of Kristallnacht (Crystal Night), the Nazis' 1938 anti-Jewish pogrom that prefaced the Holocaust and is echoed menacingly in recent attacks on immigrants and synagogues.

Marchers packed central Berlin for the main commemoration of the anniversary, culminating weeks of pleas by civic leaders for the nation to stand up against hate crimes and the far right. Thousands more demonstrated in other cities across Germany, walking in silent protest or, in the northern city of Bremerhaven, forming a 7 and 1/2-mile human chain.

Hoisting banners against racism and green balloons emblazoned with "No to Neo-Nazis," the demonstrators led by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder trooped through the chilly evening from prewar Berlin's main synagogue to a rally at the Brandenburg Gate.

Peru's ex-spy chief remains on lam

LIMA, Peru President Alberto Fujimori said yesterday his fugitive ex-spy chief remains on the run, and new evidence shows Vladimiro Montesinos has $10 million in foreign accounts in addition to reportedly illicit funds discovered earlier.

Mr. Fujimori's announcement came one week after Switzerland said it had frozen more than $48 million in five bank accounts linked to Mr. Montesinos on suspicion of illicit money laundering.

The president set off a nationwide manhunt for Mr. Montesinos two weeks ago. He denied rumors he had ordered that Mr. Montesinos be brought in dead or alive.

Mexican volcano spits up smoke, ash

MEXICO CITY Popocatepetl volcano, some 40 miles east of Mexico City, spewed plumes of smoke and ash yesterday up to three miles into the sky, officials said.

However, Mexican authorities did not change the current alert and ruled out the risk of a major eruption.

The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) said a major "exhalation" occurred at 11:48 a.m. and lasted eight minutes in its most intense phase.

22 killed, 100 hurt in Mozambique protest

MAPUTO, Mozambique Twenty-two persons died and more than 100 others were wounded yesterday after police in Mozambique used force to break up violent demonstrations staged against the outcome of December's general election, President Joachim Chissano said.

Six police officers were among the dead.

Speaking on national radio, Mr. Chissano described the demonstrations as "illegal and anti-democratic," and called on people not to take part.

The protests were organized by the opposition Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) after a boycott of the government ended this week.

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