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Georgia looks to NATO to end Russian spying
TBILISI, Georgia The Georgian government said Friday that it would like to install NATO radars on its territory to stem unauthorized Russian military surveillance of the ex-Soviet republic's airspace.
Vice Defense Minister Guela Bejouachvili said Russian aircraft had violated Georgia's airspace numerous times.
He failed to specify if Tbilisi had yet requested the radars from NATO, with which the country is to carry out joint military exercises next year.
In November, Georgia accused Russia of bombing the Pankisi gorge, which lies on the border with Chechnya and is home to about 7,000 refugees. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the claim.

Pope to go by train to Assisi this week
VATICAN CITY Pope John Paul II, known for his jet travel around the world, is shifting to a train for a trip to Assisi this week.
With a police security helicopter overhead, John Paul will travel by rail for a daylong prayer for peace Thursday with representatives of the world's religions.
Italy's state railroad will provide a six- or seven-car train for the pope, who will be joined aboard by the other religious leaders for the two-hour trip to the birthplace of St. Francis, the founder of the Roman Catholic Franciscan order, the Vatican said Friday.
The Vatican has its own railroad station and spur connected to Italy's rail system.

Swiss move to stop 'Bin Ladin' fashion line
GENEVA Swiss authorities want to make it tougher for one of Osama bin Laden's brothers to turn his last name into a fashion label for a new line of clothing.
Swiss officials said Friday they moved to revoke the trademark "Bin Ladin" because it could offend people in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks that the United States blames on Osama bin Laden. The move comes after reports that Yeslam Binladin, 51, a Swiss citizen, hoped to use the trademarked name on the clothing line.
The trademark belongs to Falcon Sporting Goods, a Swiss firm owned by Mr. Binladin.
Mr. Binladin, who spells his name differently from his brother, told the Swiss daily Le Temps on Friday that he had filed for protection simply to prevent others from using it in bad taste.

Weekly notes
Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday in the Spanish town of Iria Flavia for the funeral of Nobel laureate Camilo Jose Cela , one of Spain's most celebrated writers. Mr. Cela, 85, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1989, died of heart failure at a Madrid hospital on Thursday. Saved from the soup bowl, 68 Asian freshwater turtles have found homes in British zoos as part of an international rescue effort that began in Hong Kong. The creatures were among a cargo of 10,000 starving and thirsty turtles that was seized in Hong Kong last month and placed in the care of the Turtle Survival Alliance. None could be returned to the wild, but several zoos in Britain and nine other countries offered to provide them homes.

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