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Ortega gives up his immunity

MANAGUA, Nicaragua Sandinista leader and former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega voluntarily has surrendered his immunity from prosecution as a member of the Congress to face his stepdaughter's sexual-abuse accusations.

Mr. Ortega, who on Nov. 4 lost his third bid to return to the presidency, went to a criminal court in Managua on Wednesday to declare his innocence and give up legislative immunity.

His stepdaughter, Zoilamerica Narvaez, a 33-year-old sociologist, shook the Sandinista party in 1998 when she accused Mr. Ortega of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions before and during his stint as president.

Elton John to model lipstick

LONDON He is hardly cover-model material, but flamboyant pop legend Elton John is to pucker up as the face of a new lipstick.

The British singer, never one to shy away from outrageous behavior, will help promote cosmetic company MAC's Viva Glam IV, the latest in a line of lipsticks sold to raise money for the firm's AIDS fund, the company said yesterday.

The "frosted rose and gold shimmer" lipstick will hit British stores in April, with 100 percent of its $16 retail price going to the MAC AIDS fund.

Split in Kosovo delays election

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia Lawmakers in Kosovo's new parliament failed to elect a president yesterday after rival parties boycotted a first round of voting.

Ibrahim Rugova's Democratic League of Kosovo won Nov. 17 parliamentary elections, taking 47 seats in a 120-member assembly.

That victory gave Mr. Rugova a centrist pro-independence politician a mandate to govern, but only in a coalition.

Albanians block Macedonian police

DOBROSTE, Macedonia Macedonian government efforts to restore order in areas formerly held by ethnic Albanian guerrillas suffered a setback yesterday when police were prevented from returning to three villages.

Residents blocked the road leading into the village of Dobroste, near the town of Tetovo, preventing access to it and to two other villages farther up the road.

The mixed patrol was made up of Macedonian and ethnic Albanian officers and was part of the second phase of a plan to re-establish a police presence in villages formerly controlled by ethnic Albanian rebels.

Elderly prominent among neo-Nazis

LEIPZIG, Germany The traditional image of a German far-right extremist is of a young, foreigner-baiting skinhead, but a survey released yesterday shows older people in Germany are more likely to hold far-right views.

The survey, commissioned by Leipzig University, also showed extreme right-wing views and anti-foreigner sentiment were far stronger in the former communist east.

"Contrary to popular opinion, extreme right-wing attitudes are disproportionately common in the over-60s age group rather than the young," said Elmar Braehler, a sociology professor at the university in the eastern city of Leipzig.

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