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Kissinger faces protests, says mistakes made

LONDON Hounded by British protesters and pursued by a Spanish judge about knowledge of past crimes of South American dictatorships, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger yesterday said mistakes were "possibly" made.

Mr. Kissinger whose visit to London drew about 200 anti-capitalist protesters calling him a "war criminal" and scuffling with police told a business conference, "No one can say that he served in an administration that did not make mistakes," of his time in government.

Mr. Kissinger served as President Nixon's national security adviser from 1969 to 1973 and as secretary of state between 1973 and 1977 under Mr. Nixon and his successor, Gerald Ford.

Uruguay ejects Cuban envoy

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay Uruguay told Cuba's resident ambassador to leave the country and recalled its man in Havana yesterday after breaking diplomatic ties with the Communist-run island regarding a human rights dispute.

Interim Foreign Minister Guillermo Valles said Cuban Ambassador Joaquin Alvarez has been given "a reasonable period of time, as yet unspecified, to complete his diplomatic missions in the country."

Tuesday's break in relations came a week after Uruguay spearheaded a diplomatic initiative to get Cuban President Fidel Castro to allow a U.N. monitor to assess human rights in Cuba.

Russia, U.S. still split over arms-cut deal

MOSCOW Russian and U.S. arms negotiators yesterday failed to bridge differences over an accord on strategic nuclear arms cuts, wrapping up talks a day early with a presidential summit a month away.

Top Russian arms negotiator Georgy Mamedov said it was "not yet possible to say whether we'll have an agreement, because certain differences remain," Interfax news agency reported.

The main stumbling blocks were "the possibility of verifying cuts and the methods of making cuts" to nuclear arsenals currently standing at 6,000 to 7,000 deployed warheads each.

Russian officials said several rounds of talks would be needed if an agreement was to be struck in time for a May 23-26 summit.

Caspian Sea leaders fail to reach accord

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan Presidents of the five states bordering the Caspian Sea failed to agree yesterday on how to divide its wealth, leaving untapped the vast undersea oil and gas reserves believed to be the third-largest in the world.

Even a vague general declaration that had been expected to be signed on the exploitation of the Caspian eluded the presidents of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakh-stan and Turkmenistan.

The legal status of the Caspian has been in limbo since the Soviet collapse more than 10 years ago, hindering exploration and pumping of the undersea wealth.

Tape reveals Chavez ordered out tanks

CARACAS, Venezuela As unarmed civilian protesters marched against him on April 11, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered tanks and troops to protect the presidential palace, according to taped radio conversations broadcast by local television and radio stations yesterday.

Opponents of the left-wing former paratrooper, who survived a short-lived coup against him this month, said the tapes indicated Mr. Chavez had been prepared to use military force against unarmed civilian demonstrators.

But Mr. Chavez's armed forces chief, Gen. Lucas Rincon, denied this, saying the deployment was not intended to quash the protest but to prevent sabotage.

Suspected rebels kill 16 in Algeria

ALGIERS Suspected Algerian Islamic rebels, stepping up attacks ahead of parliamentary elections next month, killed 16 nomads, eight of them children, in western Algeria, officials said yesterday.

The killings took place in the Echebka region, near the city of Tiaret, about 210 miles west of Algiers late Tuesday, a senior local official said. The region is a hotbed of Algeria's radical rebel faction, the Islamic Armed Group.

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