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Germ warfare talks halted after U.S. balks
GENEVA — Six years of negotiations to enforce a global ban on germ warfare were formally suspended yesterday because of a pullout by the United States.
In rejecting the draft, the United States said it posed risks to U.S. national security and commercial secrets of the biotech industry and would be ineffective in stopping countries from developing germ-warfare arsenals.

Greek Cypriots upbeat over new talks
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said yesterday his government would respond "positively" to a U.N. invitation to resume the stalled "proximity talks" on the island's division.
Slow-moving proximity talks aimed at reuniting the island under a federal umbrella stalled in November when the Turkish Cypriots demanded international recognition of their breakaway state.

American freed from Russian jail
ROSSOSH, Russia — American Fulbright scholar John Tobin was released from a Russian prison yesterday after serving half of a one-year drug sentence, winning parole and ending a high-profile case that had strained U.S.-Russia relations.
The scholar, who did not speak to reporters gathered at the prison, has said he was framed by the Russians because he refused to become a spy.

U.N. panel critical of U.S. on racism
GENEVA — The United Nations scrutinized the U.S. record on race yesterday for the first time, as critics accused Washington of not doing enough to end discrimination. In its report to the Geneva-based U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the United States said it had taken steps to ensure protection against discrimination based on "race, color, national origin."

3 Bosnian Muslims face war crimes charges
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Three senior Bosnian Muslim wartime army officers will face trial on charges of war crimes against Bosnian Croats committed mainly by foreign Islamic "Mujahideen" fighters, the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia said yesterday.
The brigadier and two retired generals are the most senior Bosnian Muslims yet charged with war crimes by the U.N. court, which has now indicted senior figures from all three of Bosnia's ethnic groups for wartime atrocities.

N. Korean leader arrives in Moscow
MOSCOW — Nine days after embarking on his marathon trans-Siberian train journey across Russia, North Koreans leader Kim Jong-il arrived in Moscow late yesterday for talks with President Vladimir Putin.
His armored train pulled into the city's Yaroslavsky railway station at 10 p.m., where Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov and Railways Minister Nikolai Aksenenko were on hand to greet him.

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