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Canada names al Qaeda on assets-seizure list

OTTAWA The Canadian government announced yesterday a list of seven terrorist organizations whose assets, if found in Canada, can be seized.

The list includes al Qaeda and six groups said to be associated with it.

"The action today is only one step in a long journey," Solicitor General Laurence MacAulay said.

CIA defector dies in Russia

MOSCOW Edward Lee Howard, who maintained he was innocent of charges that he betrayed his homeland and caused the collapse of the CIA operation in Cold War Moscow, has died at his home in an exclusive suburb of the Russian capital. He was 50.

Mr. Howard was the first known former CIA officer to defect to the Soviet Union, and information he gave the Soviet KGB intelligence agency was said to have led to the execution of some Soviet citizens for treason.

Confusion surrounded the cause of his death.

Chinese dissident freed after 4 years in prison

BEIJING A former government official imprisoned after issuing a plea for more democracy in China has been released after he completed a four-year sentence, a human rights group said yesterday.

Authorities at Beijing's Liang Xiang prison, however, refused to return Fang Jue's identification card or renew his Beijing residency status, the New York-based Human Rights in China said. ID cards and residency papers are necessary to obtain legal housing and employment in China.

Greece declares victory over November 17

ATHENS Police said yesterday that their crackdown on the November 17 terrorist group has crippled the organization.

They arrested 11 men believed responsible for most attacks in the group's 27-year spree of bombings and killings.

Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrisohoidis said police efforts to wipe out terrorism would allow Greeks to focus on the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Police announced that another suspect, identified as Costas Telios, a 40-year-old elementary school teacher, had surrendered in the northern port of Thessaloniki and was arrested.

Bullfrogs a threat to Britain's ecology

LONDON North American bullfrogs introduced to southeastern England could endanger the ecosystem if allowed to breed unchecked, authorities warned yesterday.

English Nature, the British government agency that looks after the conservation of wildlife, said bullfrogs are voracious eaters that can grow to a length of 8 inches and consume fish, other frogs, reptiles and small birds.

Bullfrogs were first spotted in England about two years ago.

Ex-lawmaker dies in Colombia blast

BOGOTA, Colombia A bomb exploded yesterday in Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, killing former Colombian legislator Hildebrando Giraldo and wounding seven others, police said.

The bomb was thrown from a moving vehicle into a cafe where Mr. Giraldo was meeting with politicians, police said. Two journalists were wounded in the attack.

Mass grave found in Bosnia-Herzegovina

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina Forensic experts discovered a mass grave in northeastern Bosnia that may contain up to 100 bodies of Muslims killed at the end of the country's 1992-95 war, officials said yesterday.

Murat Hurtic, a member of the Muslim Commission for Missing Persons, said the mass grave was found Monday near the Serbian-held village of Kamenica, 45 miles northeast of Sarajevo.

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