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U.S. orders Iraqi ousted for spying

NEW YORK The United States ordered the expulsion of an Iraqi diplomat yesterday for spying, diplomatic sources said.

No name was given, but a note was delivered to Iraq's mission to the United Nations on the upper east side of New York, asking for the expulsion of the diplomat for "activities incompatible with his diplomatic status," a U.S. official confirmed.

The usual procedure is to give the diplomat in question 24 hours to reply. He would also have the right to challenge the action. Generally, the person in question has 30 days to leave the country.

Native Canadians reject new Indian bill

OTTAWA The Canadian government introduced a bill yesterday to reform the 126-year-old Indian Act to grant self-governing powers to its Indian and Eskimo communities but earned a cold shoulder for its effort.

"The proposed act would provide an interim step towards self-government [and] provide First Nations communities with tools that would allow them to build self-sustaining communities," Indian Affairs Minister Bob Nault said.

Not so, retorted Matthew Coon Come, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

"The bill is a direct attack on our rights and treaties. It is about preserving the colonial relationship under the 1867 constitution," he told reporters.

Brazil hopeful rips 'economic terrorism'

SAO PAULO, Brazil Brazilian presidential candidate Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva complained yesterday that "economic terrorism" was being used against him by sectors fearful he will win the upcoming election.

Mr. Lula, of the Workers Party, said economic sectors attributed the recent strong depreciation of the Brazilian currency to fears that the leftist leader is set to win the presidential election in October.

"I'm going to win the elections and he, George Soros, will learn to live with us," Mr. Lula said, referring to the billionaire currency trader.

Rolling Stones' Jagger to become 'Sir Mick'

LONDON Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is to receive a knighthood today in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honors list.

He is on the beknighted list with other well-known artists, athletes and entertainers as Michael Philip Jagger, singer and songwriter.

Mr. Jagger, who did not appear at the queen's Golden Jubilee pop concert at Buckingham Palace earlier this month, jokingly complained in a recent TV documentary about missing out on royal recognition.

Arafat group added to EU's terror list

BRUSSELS The European Union will add three Palestinian militant groups, including a military arm of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, to a list of banned terrorist groups next week, EU sources said yesterday.

They said the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed Fatah youth group that has taken responsibility for several suicide bombings, would join the list of organizations whose assets must be frozen in all 15 EU member states.

EU foreign ministers, meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, will also add the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which claimed responsibility for killing Israeli Cabinet minister Rehavam Zeevi last year, and the smaller Palestine Liberation Front, the sources said.

Bosnian Serb moved to Hague tribunal

THE HAGUE A former Bosnian Serb police commander was transferred to the Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal yesterday, accused of organizing a massacre of more than 200 men and shoving them dead or alive down a mountainside in 1992, the tribunal said.

Darko Mrdja was arrested Thursday by NATO-led troops in the northwestern Bosnian town of Prijedor, two months after he was secretly indicted by the U.N. war-crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

He will be summoned before a judge on Monday and asked to enter a plea, the tribunal said.

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