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Tamils attack Sri Lankan Embassy

OSLO | Police say Tamil protesters entered the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo, smashing windows and destroying office equipment.

No casualties were immediately reported.

Police spokesman Tor Groettum said about 100 demonstrators joined Sunday's protest over Sri Lanka's treatment of its ethnic minority, Tamils, during a military offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

On Sunday, Sri Lanka's leader ordered a two-day suspension of the offensive against the rebels to enable tens of thousands of trapped civilians to leave the war zone in the north.


Pirate survivors home in shock

PARIS | Four freed hostages, including the widow and 3-year-old son of a French skipper killed in a special forces shootout with Somali pirates, arrived home Sunday in a state of shock.

Defense Minister Herve Morin welcomed Chloe Lemacon, her son Colin and two friends also taken hostage on the yacht at a military airport near Paris, where they touched down on a French-chartered aircraft at 5 p.m.

The yacht's owner, 28-year-old Florent Lemacon, was killed when commandos stormed on board the Tanit on Friday, six days after it was seized in one of the latest of a rash of pirate attacks off East Africa.


Communists revamp history of civil war

ATHENS | The Greek Communist Party has published a tourist and historical guide to the sites and events of the 1946-49 civil war, local media reported Sunday.

The party, the third largest in the national parliament with 22 of the 300 seats, played a key role in the resistance to the German occupation of Greece from 1941 to 1944 and after the war, opposed the country's integration into the Western camp.


Court approves vote recount

CHISINAU | Moldova's Constitutional Court agreed Sunday to a request from President Vladimir Voronin to stage a recount of last week's election in which a victory by his Communist Party sparked violent protests.

Mr. Voronin submitted the request on the grounds that a recount could re-establish calm in the former Soviet republic wedged between Ukraine and Romania after anti-communist demonstrators last week ransacked the president's office and parliament.


Pacifists rally in Easter protest

BERLIN | Thousands of pacifists rallied in Germany on Sunday against plans to install a military training ground northwest of Berlin in the second day of traditional Easter protest marches here.

A series of anti-military demonstrations began Saturday, when pacifists in several German cities protested against nuclear weapons and the war in Afghanistan.


Kouchner hopeful of deal with Iran

TEHRAN | French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in remarks published Sunday that he hoped Iran would abide by international calls to halt its controversial uranium-enrichment program.

“There is always hope that Iran will agree [to halt enrichment],” Mr. Kouchner was quoted as saying in an interview with Etemad newspaper, which was conducted in Paris.

Uranium enrichment is the main sticking point in the long-running standoff between Iran and the international community because the process can be used to make nuclear fuel for power plants and the core of an atomic bomb.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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