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Hague tribunal frees four suspects
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina Overriding prosecutors, the U.N. war crimes tribunal decided to provisionally release four senior Bosnian Muslim wartime army officers awaiting trial at The Hague, said a spokeswoman for the court's prosecutors.
Florence Hartmann told Reuters one trial chamber had decided to release three suspects Mehmed Alagic, Enver Hadzihasanovic and Amir Kubura indicted for crimes against Croats in 1993.
Another chamber decided to release former overall commander Sefer Halilovic, indicted separately for crimes against Croats committed in the same year, Mrs. Hartmann said.
She said the prosecution had opposed the release of the first group because it "did not believe they expressed a will to surrender voluntarily" and did not show enough cooperation.

Pope seeks safety for Mideast Christians
VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II met with Roman Catholic Church leaders last week to discuss ways to safeguard the minority of Christians in the Holy Land who, he said, were caught between Jewish and Islamic extremism.
Afterward, the Vatican issued a statement calling again for peace in the Middle East. It said peace depended on security for Israel, a state for Palestinians, an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territory, a fair resolution to the refugee problem and international guarantees for Jerusalem.
The pontiff had summoned top Catholic leaders from the Holy Land and elsewhere in the Middle East for a day of discussions Thursday.

Norwegian princess to wed author in May
OSLO Norway's Princess Martha has announced she will marry her author boyfriend, Ari Behn, in May in the country's second royal wedding in a year.
Mr. Behn is best known for his book "Damn Sad" and has grabbed headlines for making a television program showing prostitutes using cocaine in Las Vegas.
"Here is the man who brings out the best in me. Here is the man who I want to share the rest of my life with," the princess, 30, said at a news conference Thursday, tears welling in her eyes as she held Mr. Behn's hand.
The princess is the older sister of Crown Prince Haakon, 28, who earlier this year became the first European crown prince to marry a single mother.

Weekly notes
Croatia's President Stipe Mesic is to pay an official visit to Britain tomorrow through Thursday, his office announced last week. He is to discuss bilateral relations, the situation in southeastern Europe and the fight against international terrorism with Prime Minister Tony Blair and other officials. Mr. Mesic and his wife also are to meet Queen Elizabeth II before traveling to Scotland and visiting its Parliament in Edinburgh. Ardito Desio, an Italian explorer, geologist and cartographer who organized the first expedition to reach the top of Himalayan peak K-2, the world's second highest mountain, in 1954, has died. He was 104. In 1962, he became the first Italian to reach the South Pole.

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