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Morocco prison fire leaves 49 dead

EL JADIDA, Morocco A fire raged through an overcrowded Moroccan prison early yesterday as inmates slept, killing at least 49 persons and injuring about 90 others, including two guards, authorities said.
Many inmates died of smoke inhalation, while others were trampled in a stampede of inmates fleeing the blaze. It was believed to be the worst fire at a Moroccan prison.
Officials were initially quoted as saying the blaze in Sidi Moussa prison on the northern coast of Morocco may have been started by an electrical problem.

Burial box linked to Jesus damaged
TORONTO An ancient limestone burial box that may be the oldest archaeological link to Jesus has been damaged in transit from Israel to Canada, Royal Ontario Museum officials said yesterday.
A museum spokeswoman said the ossuary arrived at the museum in a "damaged state" but didn't know the degree of damage or where in transit it occurred.
The limestone box, which is scheduled to go on display Nov. 16, is inscribed in Aramaic with the words "Ya'akov [James], son of Yosef [Joseph], brother of Yeshua [Jesus]."
Israel granted a four-month export license for the ancient burial box early this week. The ossuary belongs to an Israeli private collector.

Canada restores ties with Cuba after freeze
OTTAWA Canada said yesterday it has put relations with Cuba back on track, three years after freezing ties and scrapping visits by government ministers in protest at Havana's human rights record.
Denis Paradis, Canadian secretary of state for Latin America, will visit Cuba Nov. 2-6 for meetings with senior government officials, although officials said he was not likely to meet Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Milosevic ill; trial adjourns
THE HAGUE The challenge of defending himself against scores of war crimes charges took its toll on Slobodan Milosevic, who was too exhausted to appear in court yesterday.
The former Yugoslav president, who is 61, required medical attention at the U.N. detention center outside The Hague, and his trial was adjourned until Monday.
Mr. Milosevic's legal adviser, Dragoslav Ognjanovic, said his client began feeling ill Thursday night as a consequence of "the intensity and rhythm of the trial."
The trial, which started in February, was disrupted in April and June for several weeks by Mr. Milosevic's ill health.

Kuchma will attend NATO summit
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma said yesterday he would attend the upcoming NATO summit even though the military alliance has said he was not invited.
"I will go to Prague," Mr. Kuchma told reporters in the southern city of Simferopol, referring to the city where the Nov. 21-22 summit will be held.
A NATO spokesman said Wednesday that the NATO-Ukraine committee would convene at the foreign ministers' level. The decision was taken after the United States accused Mr. Kuchma of personally approving the sale of an early-warning radar system to Iraq in violation of U.N. sanctions.

Michalis Stasinopoulos, Greek ex-president, dies
ATHENS Michalis Stasinopoulos, a legal scholar who challenged Greece's 1967-74 military dictatorship and served as president after it collapsed, has died. He was 99.
The state-run Athens News Agency reported Mr. Stasinopoulos died late Thursday, but gave no other details.
Mr. Stasinopoulos was elected interim president on Dec. 18, 1974, 10 days after a public referendum that abolished Greece's monarchy and introduced a presidential system.

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