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Annan likely to replace tribunal prosecutor

NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan intends to replace Carla Del Ponte as chief prosecutor for the court trying perpetrators of genocide in Rwanda, diplomatic sources said yesterday.

Mrs. Del Ponte, however, would remain chief prosecutor of the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, based in The Hague, the sources said. She now holds both jobs for four-year terms, which come up for renewal in September.

A final decision is up to the 15-nation Security Council. Mr. Annan has informally consulted the council’s five major powers — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China — on the matter and none raised objections, diplomats said.


8 killed as prisoners take judges hostage

LAHORE — Police commandos stormed a maximum-security prison in eastern Pakistan where armed prisoners took visiting judges and female inmates hostage yesterday. The five hostage-takers and three of the judges were killed, officials said.

The incident occurred at the Sialkot penitentiary 60 miles northeast of Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province. The judges were taken hostage while inspecting the overcrowded facility.


Al Qaeda suspects freed in Sudan

JOHANNESBURG — Five men handed over by Malawi to the United States last month have been released in Sudan after they were cleared of suspicion that they belonged to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network.

An official in Malawi’s office of the director of public prosecutions said Thursday the Sudanese Embassy in Malawi had confirmed the release of the men.

The five — two Turks, one Saudi, one Kenyan and a Sudanese — were detained just two weeks before President Bush visited Africa.


Troops kill 16 in Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Indian soldiers killed 11 suspected Muslim rebels and five unarmed Bangladeshis trying to sneak into the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir yesterday, police said. Two Indian soldiers were killed.

Indian and Pakistani troops also pounded each other with artillery along the Line of Control, the cease-fire line that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Bangladeshis often try to enter India illegally through Pakistan.


New U.N. envoy in Kosovo named

NEW YORK — Former Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri, a one-time president of the U.N. General Assembly, was named yesterday as the new U.N. administrator for Kosovo, the United Nations announced.

The decision to appoint Mr. Holkeri, who has no experience in the Balkans, was made by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan after interviewing about a dozen candidates amid squabbles between the United States and the European Union, which finances most of the operation.

He would replace Germany’s Michael Steiner as the head of UNMIK, the U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.


Officer gets 10 years in Chechen killing

ROSTOV-ON-DON — A Russian colonel was convicted yesterday of kidnapping and murdering an 18-year-old Chechen woman he was interrogating. He then was sentenced to 10 years in a maximum-security prison.

Col. Yuri Budanov admitted strangling Heda Kungayeva, saying he did it in a fit of rage during an interrogation. In December, a court ruled that Budanov was temporarily insane at the time and was not criminally responsible.

However, the Supreme Court overturned that decision and ordered a new trial. Budanov was the first Russian military officer tried for abuses in Chechnya.

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