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Tuesday, January 11, 2005; Page A16

Yushchenko Declared Winner in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's Elections Commission on Monday declared Western-leaning reformer Viktor Yushchenko the winner of the presidential election over Viktor Yanukovych, the Kremlin favorite, whose camp vowed to appeal the results to the Supreme Court.

Yanukovych, who stepped down as prime minister last week, has said he would use all possible legal avenues to overturn the revote.

The Supreme Court earlier Monday rejected eight complaints by Yanukovych's campaign. But his representative on the elections commission, Nestor Shufrich, said: "We will appeal to the Supreme Court tomorrow for sure."

Europe

BELFAST -- Northern Ireland's most notorious Protestant militant, Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, was freed from prison, then immediately flown to England to avoid death threats from his former colleagues.

Adair, a former commander of the outlawed Ulster Defense Association, was paroled after serving two-thirds of a 16-year sentence for directing terrorism. Under Northern Irish law, prisoners normally serve at most two-thirds of sentences.

The Middle east

KUWAIT CITY -- Two policemen and a suspect they were chasing were killed in a shootout in a suburb of Kuwait City, authorities said, after the U.S. Embassy warned Monday that an individual or group of people were driving around Kuwait looking for Westerners to attack.

It was not immediately clear why police were chasing the suspect or whether he was the individual cited in the embassy's warning.

The Americas

HAVANA -- Cuba was back on speaking terms with all European Union embassies in Havana after ending a diplomatic flap, dubbed the "cocktails war," over the invitation of dissidents to official receptions.

The dispute began in 2003 when European embassies first invited dissidents to National Day celebrations to protest a crackdown on dissent by President Fidel Castro's communist government. After Cuba freed 14 of the 75 jailed opponents, an E.U. working group on Latin America recommended last month that the policy be dropped in favor of more discreet contacts with dissidents.

Asia

BANG MUANG, Thailand -- The bodies of hundreds of tsunami victims are being exhumed in southern Thailand so that new DNA samples can be taken, a forensics expert said. There are concerns the samples may include some from Westerners misidentified as Thais.

The bodies were initially buried in sandy trenches in Bang Muang, north of Khao Lak, because there were not enough refrigerated containers to hold them, said Thailand's leading forensics expert, Pornthip Rojanasunand. More containers have now arrived, and the corpses will be transferred to refrigerated storage units after fresh DNA samples are taken, dental records collated and a microchip inserted into each to ease identification.

-- From News Services


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