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Nepal rebels bomb Coca-Cola plant

KATMANDU, Nepal Maoist rebels struck in Nepal yesterday, bombing a Coca-Cola plant in the capital, as anxiety mounted about more guerrilla attacks.

Maoist rebels seeking to set up a communist republic bombed the bottling plant in Katmandu at dawn, blowing off the roof and shattering windows but causing no casualties.

The attack came on the third full day of an army offensive against the rebels ordered by King Gyanendra. He also gave security forces sweeping detention powers and curbed free speech and movement.

Liberia fighting spreads northward

MONROVIA, Liberia Many villagers have been killed as fighting in northern Liberia is spreading to the south, forcing residents to flee the area, government officials said yesterday.

"As we sit here, our compatriots are dying," President Charles Taylor said at a church service in the capital, Monrovia. "There is active war going on."

Liberian rebels have waged a low-level insurgency in the northern Lofa County once the breadbasket of the West African country for two years.

Enforcement lax on sex-trafficking law

U.S. officials are moving too slowly to implement a law designed to stem human trafficking and have underestimated the scope of the problem in some countries, lawmakers and human rights activists said yesterday.

Approved by Congress last year, the law requires an annual evaluation and report on human trafficking worldwide and allows the president to withhold U.S. aid from nations that fail to make progress on the issue by 2003.

Swiss draw fire on Nazi assets

BERN, Switzerland Switzerland protected vast assets from Nazi Germany after World War II and returned hundreds of millions of dollars to German owners in defiance of a war compensation agreement with Washington, a study said yesterday.

The disclosure that Swiss authorities evaded the agreement to liquidate German assets was the latest disclosure in an international study of neutral Switzerland's role in the war.

The report, encompassing 25 volumes, challenged its long-cherished image as a tiny Alpine country that withstood Nazi pressure.

Diana's butler to be tried

LONDON Princess Diana's former butler was ordered yesterday to stand trial on charges of stealing hundreds of items belonging to the late princess and other members of the royal family.

The trial of Paul Burrell, 43, will begin Jan. 10 at London's Old Bailey court. He denies the charges.

Mr. Burrell faces three counts of theft for reputedly taking 342 items, including letters, a bullwhip, records and compact discs, from Diana, Prince Charles and Prince William on or before June 30, 1998, at Kensington Palace.

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