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JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he had "no qualms" over a U.N. resolution that calls for Israel's unconditional withdrawal from its occupation zone in south Lebanon.


SAO PAULO - A Brazilian thief was killed Friday when the grenade he was carrying blew up in his hands while he was being pursued by police, authorities said.


LYON - A French court sentenced a 79-year-old woman to 18 months in jail for poisoning her neighbor and his day nurse with chocolate eclairs laced with tranquilizers.


BOGOTA - A veteran Colombian lawyer and human rights advocate was shot and killed Friday by pistol-wielding gunmen who burst into his office in the northwest city of Medellin, police said.


OSLO - Seven Finnish seamen were missing in the North Sea in gale-force winds Friday after their freighter ran into trouble off the southern tip of Norway, Norwegian rescue services said.


HALIFAX - A judge dismissed a first-degree murder charge against a doctor accused of killing a terminally ill cancer patient. Judge Hughes Randall said he did not believe prosecutors could obtain a conviction against Dr. Nancy Morrison of Halifax.


HELSINKI - Letters to Santa Claus can provide a touching glimpse of children's hopes, and Finland has decided they're too good a resource to be wasted.


DUESSELDORF - In one of their biggest operations ever against organized crime, German police raided bordellos, apartments and refugee homes to break up a gang believed responsible for forcing Eastern European women into slavery as prostitutes.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST - A British soldier convicted of murdering a Belfast teenager won a retrial Friday, raising fears of new violence over a case that has provoked riots in Northern Ireland.


ROME - The altitude gauge may have malfunctioned on a U.S. Marine jet that swooped low and severed a ski gondola cable in the Italian Alps, the lawyer for the plane's crew said Friday.


BEIJING - China plans to eliminate 4 million jobs from government payrolls as part of a far-reaching reform to pare the bloated bureaucracy, an official newspaper said Friday.


TBILISI - Authorities have released 12 kidnapping suspects who surrendered after a weeklong hostage siege involving four U.N. military observers, officials said.


SREMSKA MITROVICA - Serbian officials denied Friday that up to 50 prisoners of war from the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica are being secretly held in a Serbian prison.


VILNIUS - Five years after being stripped of his U.S. citizenship, Kazys Gimzauskas was indicted Friday for his alleged role in the murder of Lithuanian Jews during World War II.

Sierra Leone

FREETOWN - President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah is returning to a country in dire economic straits, the reinstated finance ministry warned Friday, hours after the deposed leader declared his intention to resume power.