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U.S. helicopter with 3 crashes off Greece
ROME A U.S. Navy helicopter with three crew members crashed yesterday into the Mediterranean off the west coast of Greece, the U.S. 6th Fleet said from its headquarters in Gaeta, Italy.
The SH-60B Seahawk helicopter went down around 80 nautical miles west of Greece at around 10:30 a.m. during a routine flight, the Navy said.
The aircraft had been operating from the USS Hayler, which, along with the USS Ross, was leading the search.

Former Cyprus president dies of cancer
NICOSIA, Cyprus Former President Spyros Kyprianou, a fierce leader of hard-line Greek Cypriots opposed to the war-divided island's breakaway Turkish state, died yesterday of pelvic cancer. He was 69.
Mr. Kyprianou died at a Nicosia hospital, where he had been admitted Saturday, his physician said. A state funeral will be held in Nicosia tomorrow, before private burial in the town of his birth, Limassol.
Mr. Kyprianou was president for 11 years until 1988 and remained even afterward a powerful voice against any concessions to the Turkish Cypriot minority, sharply criticizing any moves by his successors seen as too weak.
Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash offered his condolences to Mr. Kyprianou's family yesterday, but made a passing swipe at his old political foe, saying "he defended a cause that he believed in, but it was a cause that did no good to Cyprus."

Immigrants bolster Canada's population rise
OTTAWA Immigrants helped boost Canada's population by 4 percent between 1996 and 2001, the millennium's first census showed yesterday, but the climb was one of the smallest ever, Statistics Canada said.
Canada had 30,007,094 persons as of May 15, 2001, up from the previous census figure of 28,846,761, the federal statistical agency said.
StatsCan noting dropping fertility rates and a rising death rate as the population ages said immigrants led to more than half the growth of about 1.2 million people during the five-year period.
For the first time since World War II, immigration outpaced natural population increase.

Thousands of Hindus head for disputed site
NEW DELHI Thousands of Hindus were trying yesterday to head toward the Indian holy city of Ayodhya a lightning rod for Hindu-Muslim tension for a decade ahead of a court ruling that could stoke religious strife.
The Supreme Court is to decide today whether to allow Hindus to hold a prayer ceremony in Ayodhya despite opposition by Muslims who see it as a prelude to the building of a temple on top of a mosque razed by Hindu extremists in 1992.
While awaiting the court's ruling, the government has pledged to keep hard-line Hindus out of Ayodhya, sealing roads and canceling trains in a bid to contain religious violence that erupted on Feb. 27, killing more than 700 people.
Hard-line Hindus from the same ideological family as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have nonetheless vowed to head to Ayodhya in northern India to take part in the prayer ceremony and show their support for the temple plans.


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