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Macedonia seeks strategy to fight terrorism
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia Macedonia called on fellow European states yesterday to develop a common strategy in the struggle against terrorism, the Tanjug agency reported.
Deputy Prime Minister Oran Krstevski made the appeal for a meeting in Macedonia of the 16 member-states of the Central European Initiative, following talks with his Serb counterpart, Nebka Vic.
He said outside aid was needed to stabilize the situation in the Balkans.

Spanish police seek Basque bomber
PAMPLONA, Spain Spanish police were hunting a fugitive yesterday following a shootout in Pamplona when civil guard officers recognized two men in a car as members of the Basque separatist movement ETA.
The police patrol followed the suspects' car to the outskirts of town, then tried to carry out a check. After an exchange of fire, one man was arrested while the other escaped in a stolen car after holding the driver at gunpoint.
ETA, which stands for Basque Homeland and Freedom, has killed more than 800 people since 1968, when it began its armed struggle for the independence of the Basque country in northern Spain.

Colombian rebel leader suggests broad talks
BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia's top guerrilla leader yesterday invited President Andres Pastrana and other national leaders to attend a wide-ranging meeting inside rebel territory in January aimed at reviving stalled peace talks.
In a letter, rebel chief Manuel Marulanda invited the president as well as leaders of Congress, the courts, the Catholic Church and labor unions to a "grand national encounter" on Jan. 15 inside a safe haven controlled by his group, the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC.
Neither the invited groups nor leaders gave any immediate response to the rebel leader's letter.

Algeria raises flood toll to 752
ALGIERS The death toll from floods in Algeria earlier this month rose above 750 yesterday as authorities warned the cleanup operation could take months.
Officials put the bill for damage from the Nov. 10 flash floods and mudslides at up to $384 million.
Of the 752 confirmed deaths, 701 were registered in the capital, Algiers, where raging rivers of mud tore through the densely populated district of Bab el Oued toppling buildings, destroying ramshackle homes and overturning buses and cars.

Ivory Coast candidate lodges new charges
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast Ivory Coast's former army ruler insisted yesterday he had been robbed of the presidency as he took a defiant stand at a forum intended to overcome two years of political turmoil.
In a long speech aimed more at settling scores than healing wounds, Gen. Robert Guei denied any attempt to rig last year's presidential polls in the West African country.
The so-called reconciliation forum, officially inaugurated by current President Laurent Gbagbo a month ago to put an end to bitter recriminations and political bickering, so far has failed to achieve much.

Mounties get their Bushman
VANCOUVER, British Colombia It has taken more than two years, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they have their Bushman.
John Bjornstrom was captured late Sunday at his camp in the wilderness near Shuswap Lake, British Columbia, where he had eluded police and harassed local residents since escaping from prison in September 1999, authorities said yesterday.
Mr. Bjornstrom was nicknamed the "Bushman of the Shuswap" after he began granting media interviews to mock the police and to defend his thefts of supplies from summer camps in the wilderness area


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