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But the expulsions ordered Wednesday -- the Americans have until Friday to leave -- followed a U.S. report critical of human rights in the country.

The May 15 elections in Ethiopia, a country of 68 million, would be only the third democratic ballot in its history. All the elections have been won by the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- U.N. forces and Haitian police surrounded a teeming seaside slum in an offensive aimed at disarming gangs and restoring order ahead of fall elections. Soldiers fired into the air to drive off carjackers who killed at least one man.

Gunfire wounded six people, the Haitian Red Cross said.

TORONTO -- A Canadian photojournalist was beaten, tortured and raped before she died two years ago while in custody in Iran, a former Iranian army doctor who examined her said.

Shahram Azam said he examined Zahra Kazemi, a 54-year-old Canadian freelance journalist of Iranian origin, in a military hospital in Tehran on June 26, 2003, and noticed horrific injuries to her entire body that could only have been caused by torture and rape. It was just days after she was arrested for taking photographs outside a Tehran prison during student-led protests against the ruling theocracy.

Azam recently received political asylum in Canada.

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Five U.S. Army soldiers are under investigation for allegedly trying to smuggle 32 pounds of cocaine out of Colombia aboard a U.S. military aircraft, American officials said.

The soldiers were detained Tuesday as a result of the investigation, said Lt. Col. Eduardo Villavicencio, a spokesman for the U.S. military's Southern Command in Florida.

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan authorities have launched a nationwide hunt for two capsules of radioactive material that went missing this month and that could kill people exposed to them, officials said.

One of the two missing capsules of radioactive iridium 192, which were being used in equipment to check for faults in oil pipelines, disappeared from a barge March 15 in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela's western oil producing hub.

The other went missing after apparently falling off the back of a workers' truck March 21 in the eastern oil producing state of Monagas, Angel Diaz, director of nuclear affairs at Venezuela's Energy Ministry, told Reuters.

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