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Thousands flee war in Ivory Coast

BOUAKE, Ivory Coast Thousands of people, many carrying cooking pots and bundles of clothes, fled this rebel-held city during a lull in fighting yesterday to escape food shortages and roaming gangs that burned people alive.

The exodus from Ivory Coast's second-largest city followed three days of fighting between government forces and rebels who seized half the country in a bloody Sept. 19 coup attempt.

Britain to suspend N. Ireland government

BELFAST Britain will suspend Northern Ireland's power-sharing government Monday in an effort to prevent a crisis triggered by a spying dispute from derailing the entire peace process, British government sources said yesterday.

The decision follows three days of meetings between the British and Irish governments and key political leaders from the province's divided Catholic and Protestant communities.

Protestant politicians have been clamoring for the Irish Republican Army's political ally, Sinn Fein, to be ejected from government in the wake of accusations the guerrilla group had a spy at the headquarters of British ministers in the province.

War-crimes tribunal fires Milosevic lawyer

THE HAGUE The U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia dismissed a Dutch lawyer assigned to protect the interests of Slobodan Milosevic in his trial, saying yesterday that the attorney's impartiality was in doubt.

Michail Wladimiroff was one of three defense lawyers appointed as "friends of the court" to help ensure that the former Yugoslav president gets a fair trial.

Christian sect leader escapes Chinese gallows

BEIJING The leader of a banned Christian sect whose death sentence was overturned for lack of evidence was convicted in a new trial yesterday and sentenced to life in prison, a human rights group reported.

The second trial came after an appellate court decision last month to overturn the initial death sentence an extraordinary move in a communist country where religion is tightly controlled and worship permitted only in the government-sanctioned church.

Charges of leading a sect, which had brought the death sentence for Gong Shengliang, were dropped in the new trial. He was found guilty of rape and battery.

Caribbean cocaine haul seized by British navy

LONDON A British Royal Navy ship has seized cocaine worth $100 million from a fishing boat after a two-day chase through the Caribbean, the Ministry of Defense said yesterday.

A spokeswoman said the frigate HMS Grafton had stopped the vessel after a tip from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and found 1,650 pounds of the drug.

Cameroon wins oil in U.N. border ruling

THE HAGUE The United Nations' highest judicial body ruled yesterday in favor of Cameroon in a border dispute with Nigeria, giving it possession of an oil-rich peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea.

The dispute about the Bakassi Peninsula, jutting into the gulf where the borders meet, had brought the two countries to the brink of war in 1981, and was the cause of repeated clashes since then.

Indian musicians honor slain American reporter

BOMBAY Indian jazz musicians performed yesterday to mark what would have been the 39th birthday of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Led by Joe Alvarez, an Indian singer, the musicians played compositions that Mr. Pearl enjoyed playing and listening to including "Sensitive Kind," "Autumn Leaves" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Mr. Pearl, who was kidnapped and killed by Islamic extremists in Pakistan earlier this year, played the violin and mandolin.

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