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BRUSSELS — NATO selected Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as the alliance's new secretary general Monday, picking a diplomat-turned-politician to help ease tensions between the United States and key European allies over the Iraq war. After a nine-month search, ambassadors from the 19 NATO nations agreed on De Hoop Scheffer to replace Britain's Lord Robertson, whose four-year term ends on Jan. 1.


TORONTO — Flush with overwhelming support to become Canada's next prime minister, Paul Martin assumed the posture of leader-in-waiting Monday by promising "fundamental change" based on the principles of his Liberal Party. Martin, 65, on Sunday got the support of almost 90 percent of the voting delegates chosen for the upcoming convention, making him certain to win the first round of balloting.


BOGOTA — A U.S. government plane that crashed over the weekend while on an anti-drug mission, killing the pilot, was apparently shot down, a spokesman for the U.S. company DynCorp said Monday. The pilot, a Costa Rican citizen named Mario Alvarado, was killed in Sunday's crash of the OV-10 plane in northeast Colombia.

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SANTO DOMINGO — A strong earthquake shook the Dominican Republic on Monday, rattling houses and sending waves of tremors that could be felt in western Puerto Rico. Police in Puerto Plata said Monday there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.


BERLIN — Robert H. Lochner, who as John F. Kennedy's interpreter helped the president practice his famous 1963 "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, has died, his family said Monday. He was 84. Lochner was a journalist by trade who helped revive free media in West Germany after World War II.


BHUBANESWAR — An Indian court sentenced one man to death by hanging and 12 others to life in prison Monday for killing a Christian missionary from Australia and his two young sons in a mob attack. Graham Staines and his sons Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, were killed in January 1999 when a Hindu mob burned their jeep while they slept outside a church in Manoharpur, a tribal village in eastern Orissa state.


TEHRAN — An agent for Iran's Intelligence Ministry was charged with murder Monday in the death of an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist from injuries she received while in custody. This appears to be a compromise clearing Iran's government of any wrongdoing and blaming an individual agent with acting alone. However, Canada's foreign minister has said government agents would not act without orders from above.


TOKYO — Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi kept a reform-minded professor as Japan's economy and banking minister in a Cabinet reshuffle Monday, deflecting criticism from within his ruling party and holding up his choice as a sign of commitment to economic change. Koizumi reappointed Heizo Takenaka, the architect of the government's fiscal austerity policies, despite calls from the Liberal Democratic Party for his ouster.


CABO SAN LUCAS — Hurricane Marty weakened slightly as it headed toward mainland Mexico's Pacific coast Monday after knocking out power, flooding streets and flattening trees on the southern Baja California peninsula. One death was reported.


OSLO — Norway said Monday it plans to kill 670 minke whales next year in its controversial commercial hunt, a slight decline from this year's number. The Nordic country of 4.5 million people outraged environmentalists and many governments by resuming commercial whale hunts in 1993 despite a global ban.


ISLAMABAD — Pakistani police captured the younger brother of Hambali, Osama bin Laden's point man for Southeast Asia, in an arrest that may help unravel a tangled web of links between al-Qaida and the Jemaah Islamiyah terror group blamed for the deadly Bali bombings. Rusman Gunawan, an Indonesian, was among 17 students detained Saturday in raids on three Islamic schools in the southern port city of Karachi — the latest in a string of high-profile arrests of terror suspects in this Muslim country.