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Rumsfeld says Iraq is lying on weapons
KUWAIT CITY Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday dismissed claims by the Iraqi government that it has no nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and is making no effort to acquire them.
"They are lying," he told a news conference at Kuwait's international airport before flying to Bahrain.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry in Baghdad issued a statement Sunday asserting the government of Saddam Hussein has neither made nor possessed weapons of mass destruction in more than a decade.

U.S. offers opposition in Iraq $8 million
The Bush administration has offered the opposition Iraqi National Congress $8 million for operating expenses for the rest of this year, official sources said yesterday.
But the State Department wants to eliminate funding for the opposition group's program to collect information inside Iraq, while the INC insists the program is essential to its operations, a source close to the opposition said.
Iraqi opposition sources say a major complication is that the Bush administration does not appear to be united on whether to back the INC or to promote alternative Iraqi groups.
The State Department plans to have a conference of Iraqi opposition groups during the summer and is organizing some preparatory meetings, officials said.

Clinton urges NATO to let in Baltic nations
TALLINN, Estonia Former President Bill Clinton said yesterday during a visit to Estonia that he thinks the formerly Soviet Baltic states are ready for NATO membership and should be allowed into the alliance.
Mr. Clinton, who was president during NATO's first post-Cold War expansion in 1997, also said he hoped other Eastern European states would be allowed to join.
Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania see NATO as their best security guarantee after centuries of Russian domination.

Colombian violence horrific, actress says
QUITO, Ecuador Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie, in Ecuador as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said yesterday that stories told by Colombian refugees were the most violent she has heard in visits to refugee camps across the world.
Miss Jolie has spent four days in Quito and in refugee camps near Ecuador's northern border speaking with Colombians who fled their nation's armed conflict.

Tribunal to speed Holocaust claims
ZURICH A tribunal set up to review some 32,000 claims related to Swiss bank accounts held by Holocaust victims will speed up the process by requiring less evidence, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said yesterday.
"We are going to use a higher degree of plausibility," Mr. Volcker told a media briefing during a visit to the Zurich offices of the Claims Resolution Tribunal to take stock and calm down a public dispute over the institution's proceedings.

Turkey Cabinet meets without prime minister
ANKARA, Turkey Turkey's Cabinet met yesterday for the first time in six weeks although Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was unable to attend because of poor health.
The Cabinet had been waiting for Mr. Ecevit to recover but changed its mind after he said Sunday he would need to rest another two or three weeks.

Israel frees guerrilla after 15 years in jail
AL-NAQOURA, Lebanon Israel yesterday freed a member of Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group who had been held for 15 years, sending him across the border into south Lebanon where he was showered with roses as a returning hero.
More than 100 members of Hezbollah, some waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags, gathered at the Al-Naqoura border crossing to greet Mohammed Ali Barzawi as he was handed over to officials.

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