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Allied jets hit sites in northern Iraq
BAGHDAD U.S. and British warplanes bombed targets in northern Iraq yesterday, Iraqi and U.S. military authorities said.
The U.S. military said the aircraft bombed an air-defense system in northern Iraq after Iraqi forces fired at the jets patrolling a no-fly zone in the north.
"We flew a mission today and were fired on. We responded by firing precision-guided munitions against elements of the air-defense system," Maj. Scott Cavode, spokesman for the Operation Northern Watch force, said in an interview.

Former prime minister gets 24 years in jail
ROME An Italian court sentenced seven-time Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti to 24 years in prison yesterday for complicity in the 1979 killing of a journalist, his attorneys said.
The appeals court in Perugia, central Italy, sentenced Andreotti for complicity in the murder of Mino Pecorelli, a journalist who had been about to publish a book criticizing him.
Andreotti was acquitted of the charges three years ago, but the Perugia public prosecutor's office appealed.

Ukrainian president seeks Chinese support
KIEV A day after firing Ukraine's government ministers, President Leonid Kuchma went to China yesterday seeking support for his request that U.N. inspectors verify that his government did not transfer radar systems to Iraq.
On Saturday, Mr. Kuchma sacked the government of Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinakh and nominated Viktor Yanukovych, a regional boss from the eastern industrial province of Donetsk, to replace him.

French right unites under new party
LE BOURGET, France The resurgent French right inaugurated a unified political party yesterday with hopes of holding onto power after President Jacques Chirac steps down.
More than 15,000 people gathered at the founding congress of the Union for a Popular Movement, a name chosen along with a party chairman, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe, who served as Mr. Chirac's prime minister from 1995 to 1997.
The position could offer Mr. Juppe a springboard for a run for the French presidency in 2007.
The party, uniting the right and center-right, was formed in April to help Mr. Chirac win re-election. It then went on to a decisive victory in June legislative elections, defeating a divided left.From wire dispatches and staff reports

Terrorists' brains said missing from lab
BERLIN The brains of three terrorists who committed suicide in a German jail in the late 1970s have vanished from the lab where they were taken for autopsy, a magazine reported yesterday.
Der Spiegel's report was a new twist to controversy surrounding Red Army Faction leader Ulrike Meinhof since it emerged that her brain was preserved for research after her 1976 suicide. German prosecutors demanded last week that a university professor who had been studying the brain since 1997 return it.
Richard Meyermann, a pathologist leading a University of Tuebingen lab, said the three brains were no longer there and may have been destroyed to free up storage space, according to the magazine, which added that there was no record of what happened to the brains.

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