- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 18, 2003

BRITAIN
Ex-governor of Hong Kong wins Oxford post
LONDON Former Hong Kong Gov. Chris Patten landed one of academia's most glittering prizes when he was elected on Monday as chancellor of Oxford University.
"It would be an honor and pleasure to serve," said Mr. Patten who comfortably fought off two leading lawyers and a comedienne to land the unpaid job-for-life.
More than 8,000 Oxford graduates cast their votes to find a replacement after the death of politician Roy Jenkins. In the final round, Mr. Patten received more than half the votes.
The name of one of Oxford's most famous students former President Bill Clinton had been bandied about as a potential candidate.

COLOMBIA
Sharp reduction seen in coca cultivation
VIENNA, Austria Colombia's coca cultivation dropped about 30 percent in 2002 over the previous year, the executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said yesterday.
A study by Colombia's government and the U.N. organization reported 250,000 acres of coca under cultivation as of Dec. 31 last year, down from 357,700 acres in 2001.
"This is a major achievement in the international fight against illicit drugs and related crime," said Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the U.N. office based in Vienna, Austria. "This decline will subtract over 100 tons of cocaine from world markets."

CAMBODIA
Agreement reached on Khmer Rouge trials
PHNOM PENH Cambodia and the United Nations signed a deal to create a tribunal to try former members of the Khmer Rouge for crimes against humanity, officials said yesterday.
The agreement was announced after what were billed as last-chance talks that began last week. Negotiations had stalled in February last year when the United Nations said Cambodia didn't appear willing to sign an agreement that would ensure free and fair trials.

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Widow of crime boss arrested in probe
BELGRADE Police searching for the killers of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic raided the home of a slain warlord and underworld boss yesterday and arrested his widow.
Ceca Raznatovic, a popular folk singer, was arrested for her close ties to the underworld group blamed in Mr. Djindjic's assassination and for sheltering the group's ringleaders. She was married to underworld boss and warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, better known as Arkan, a feared paramilitary leader in the Bosnian war who was killed in a gangland-style attack in 2001.

EL SALVADOR
Ex-leftist guerrillas assert election victory
SAN SALVADOR The party of El Salvador's former leftist guerrillas claimed victory in more than 100 of 262 mayorships at stake in elections, and its leader said the results showed that Salvadorans were hungry for change.
The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, also said it increased its seats in congress in the vote Sunday, drawing even with the ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), FMLN's conservative adversaries in the country's 1980-1992 civil war.

FINLAND
Opposition party leads in elections
HELSINKI Eight years after it was relegated to opposition status, Finland's Center Party reclaimed the limelight in a razor-thin victory over the country's ruling Social Democrats.
Just 6,600 votes separated the two parties in national elections on Sunday, but it still may not be enough to ensure absolute victory.
The Center Party added seven seats, taking its tally to 55 in the 200-member house, while the Social Democrats took 53 seats, an increase of two from the previous election in 1999.

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