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Portugal protests visa waiver review
LISBON Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres said threats by the United States to reinstate visas for visiting Portuguese were "unfriendly."
While recognizing that passports had been stolen from Portuguese consulates abroad, Mr. Guterres called on Washington to abandon the idea of requiring that Portuguese obtain visas, saying his government had since adopted a level of high security.
Opposition politician Paulo Portas announced that 4,516 passports had been stolen from Portuguese consulates. Washington said last week it was reviewing six countries Argentina, Slovenia, Uruguay, and NATO allies Belgium, Italy and Portugal for continued eligibility in a program allowing their citizens to enter U.S. territory for 90 days without visas.

U.N. urges Bosnia to block sex trade
SARAJEVO, Bosnia The U.N. mission in Bosnia has urged the country's authorities to refuse work permits to visitors from Eastern Europe to help fight sex trafficking.
Many Eastern European women seeking work are forced to work in Bosnian brothels by local criminals who take away their documents. U.N. spokesman Stefo Lehmann said it was difficult to close down the brothels, most of which masquerade as bars or nightclubs.
He said 165 victims of sex trafficking had been registered and helped this year by a special U.N. team and the International Organization for Migration. Most came from Romania and Moldova, but some were from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and former Yugoslav republics, he said.

Macedonia's speaker demands 'yes' vote
SKOPJE, Macedonia The speaker of the Macedonian parliament threatened Thursday to halt ratification of a Western-mediated peace deal unless the package of constitutional reforms was endorsed by all ethnic Albanian parties.
"Not one constitutional reform will be adopted unless they vote in support of them," Stojan Andov told reporters after one of several ethnic Albanian parties canceled a pledge to vote yes.

Russian court reaffirms Soviet general's treason
MOSCOW A Soviet general who defected to the Nazis during World War II was rightly hanged as a traitor after the war, Russia's highest court ruled last week.
Gen. Andrei Vlasov was convicted of treason in 1946 and died on the gallows along with 11 of his aides in August of that year.
A motion to clear him of all charges was started after the 1991 Soviet collapse by a group of his supporters, who argued that Vlasov defected to wage a war against the repressive regime of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Weekly notes
German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping says any proposed membership in NATO by Baltic states should be judged on its own merits. Mr. Scharping, who is on a tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, judged Latvia's preparations for NATO membership positively, but said all three Baltic states should be considered as one because of their close cooperation on defense issues. Berlin prosecutors closed a false-testimony case against Wolfgang Schaeuble, who was forced to quit as leader of the Christian Democrats because of a slush-fund scandal.


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