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War crimes suspect surrenders to tribunal

THE HAGUE A former mayor accused of overseeing efforts to eradicate the Croats and Muslims of his Bosnian town surrendered to the U.N. war crimes tribunal yesterday in what its top prosecutor called a cooperative signal from Serbia.
Blagoje Simic, a Serb who is the first Yugoslav citizen to turn himself in to the court, flew from Belgrade to the Netherlands with his lawyer and met with Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte before being put into detention.
The surrender may help ease international pressure on Yugoslavia, which is threatened with economic sanctions unless it cooperates with the court by handing over suspects who have been indicted.

U.S. upset by Czech rights resolution

PRAGUE The Czech Foreign Ministry insists on including criticism of U.S. sanctions against Cuba in a draft U.N. Human Rights Committee resolution slamming Cuban human rights violations, irking Washington.
Secretary of State Colin Powell voiced his concern over the wording of the Czech-sponsored resolution, which is due to be discussed in the commission later this month, in a telephone call to Czech President Vaclav Havel Saturday, the presidential office said yesterday.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher confirmed that the conversation took place.

Reissued Frank diary includes missing pages

AMSTERDAM A new edition of Anne Frank's diary was released yesterday with five previously secret pages that described her parents' loveless marriage and her troubled relationship with her mother.
The handwritten pages, kept hidden for more than 40 years, deepened the poignant image of Anne struggling with the normal teen-age growing pains while confined in a tiny attic in Amsterdam for two years with her family to evade the Nazis.
In "The Diary of Anne Frank," Anne portrays her mother, Edith, as having "cold eyes," and agonizes that she cannot talk to her perhaps one reason why she confided her thoughts and emotions to her diary. She laments that her parents are not in love, that their marriage was nothing more than a union of convenience.

U.N. chief tours Afghan refugee camps

SHAMSHATOO, Pakistan U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan toured a squalid camp sheltering tens of thousands of Afghan refugees yesterday, trying to convince the world to help in Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis despite anger over the Taleban's destruction of historic statues.

About 70,000 refugees have been living in Shamshatoo camp since early January, when they fled here from war and devastating drought in their homeland.

Some 80,000 more refugees live in even more dire conditions at Jalozai Camo, where there are almost daily deaths from disease among children and the elderly.

Merck's price cuts benefit Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania U.S.-based drug giant Merck & Co. said yesterday that it will include Romania, where the overwhelming majority of people suffering from AIDS are children, on a list of nations eligible for AIDS drugs at sharply reduced prices.
A company official said Merck is slashing the price of two drugs in Romania because the disease has hit children so hard and because the impoverished nation can't afford drug therapy for AIDS patients at regular prices.

Pinochet may win house arrest reprieve

SANTIAGO, Chile A Chilean judge ruled yesterday that former dictator Augusto Pinochet, under house arrest since Jan. 31 while awaiting a possible trial for human rights abuses, is eligible for release on bail, a source said.
"He was granted eligibility for release pending payment of [$3,400]," the court source told Reuters.
The bail eligibility was granted by Judge Juan Guzman, who in January ordered Mr. Pinochet to be tried on charges he planned the deaths or "disappearances" of 75 persons in the immediate aftermath of his 1973 coup.

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