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Germ weapons talks snag as U.S. balks
GENEVA U.S. insistence that nations flouting a germ-weapon ban be condemned led to a deadlock yesterday at an international conference aimed at strengthening the ban.
The United States contends that some signatory states, such as Iran and Iraq, are violating the treaty.
Washington last month named six countries that it said either had germ-weapons programs or were interested in developing them. All six deny the assertion.
On the final day of a three-week session of signatories to the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention, officials said a number of issues remained unresolved but the problem of noncompliance was the most difficult.

Prince Edward's wife loses unborn child
LONDON The wife of Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, traumatized by the loss of her unborn baby in an ectopic pregnancy where the fetus develops outside the womb said yesterday, "It was just not meant to be."
But Sophie, Countess of Wessex, said that she and Prince Edward still hoped to start a family.
"I'm obviously very sad but it was just not meant to be. But there will be other chances," she said after undergoing emergency surgery.

6,000-year-old ruin found off Cuba
HAVANA A team of Canadian and Cuban researchers has discovered the remains of what may be a 6,000-year-old city submerged in deep ocean waters off the western coast of Cuba.
Using sophisticated sonar and videotape equipment, offshore engineer Paulina Zelitsky, her husband, Paul Weinzweig, and her son, Ernesto Tapanes, have found megaliths "of a kind you'd find at Stonehenge or Easter Island," Mr. Weinzweig said in an interview.

Sri Lanka vote creates power shift
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's main opposition party and its allies yesterday won a majority in Parliament, opening the way for possible talks with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.
Outgoing Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake from the People's Alliance tendered his resignation to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who invited United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss the new government.
The UNP, with 109 seats, fell just short of a majority in the 225-seat Parliament but will form a majority after entering into an alliance with the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, which took five seats.

Ukraine reporters to bear arms
KIEV, Ukraine Ukraine's beleaguered journalists won the right yesterday to carry guns with rubber bullets in recognition of the dangers faced by media workers in the former Soviet republic, the Interior Ministry said.
"This ruling by the Interior Ministry comes into force from today," said ministry spokesman Viktor Sidorenko, who added that gun licenses would only be issued to journalists who had received threats.
Journalists are frequently targeted in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma was even implicated in the murder last year of opposition publisher Georgy Gongadze.

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