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Likud member arrested for arming Palestinians
JERUSALEM An Israeli Bedouin who is a member of the central committee of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud party has been arrested for smuggling weapons to Palestinian militants, Israeli television said yesterday.
Attala Abu Aida, a Bedouin from the Negev Desert in the south, was arrested nine days ago and is currently being investigated, Israel's Channel Two reported.
The television showed pictures of Mr. Abu Aida with Mr. Sharon, who vowed not to compromise in his fight against the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, during his campaign for the February elections.
Mr. Abu Aida was smuggling weapons to militants via a Palestinian village south of Hebron, on the edge of the Negev Desert, where 120,000 Bedouin of nomadic tribal origin live, the report said.

Beijing pledges to fight AIDS
BEIJING China opened its first conference on AIDS yesterday, promising to dedicate more resources to fighting the disease and to spread information into the vast nation's every corner from government officials in Beijing to residents of the tiniest villages.
More than 2,700 participants from 20 nations doctors, social policy experts, educators and Chinese government officials are participating in the four-day conference, which also will explore ways to reduce other sexually transmitted diseases across the country.
The goal is to slow the growth of new infections to 10 percent per year by 2005. Experts estimate that more than 600,000 Chinese in a population of 1.26 billion were infected by HIV by the end of 2000.
"This is an opportunity to explore the way forward," Zhu Zhongshan, head of the Beijing Health Department, said in an address at the opening ceremony.

U.S. consul in Ukraine killed in road accident
KIEV U.S. Consul General Gregory Paul Hulka, his 10-year-old daughter, Abigail, and another relative were killed in a road accident in central Ukraine, the U.S. Embassy said yesterday.
Mr. Hulka, 44, was traveling Friday to a wedding in western Ukraine and was killed on a road between the towns of Uman and Nemyriv, the embassy said in a statement.
It gave no other details of the accident. The state-run UT-1 TV channel said the consul's car tried to overtake a truck in poor visibility conditions and crashed into a minibus that was coming in the opposite direction.
Mr. Hulka, of Ukrainian descent, was born in Inglewood, Calif., and spent 15 years in the Foreign Service as a diplomat in Russia, Honduras and China. He was posted to Kiev in early September.

Srebrenica is site of mass grave
LIPLJE, Bosnia-Herzegovina Forensic experts have exhumed 100 bodies, believed to be those of Muslims killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, from a newly discovered mass grave in Bosnia, officials said yesterday.
Sheltered by a makeshift tent from heavy rain, the experts have been digging into the 50 feet by 10 feet muddy grave for the past three weeks to try to separate bones and skulls from stones and earth.
Murat Hurtic, a regional head of Bosnia's Muslim-led Commission for Missing Persons, said there were probably at least another 100 corpses in the grave in the eastern village of Liplje.
The Srebrenica massacre was widely seen as Europe's worst atrocity since World War II. Up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys were believed to have been killed by Bosnian Serb forces after they overran a U.N. designated "safe area.


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