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BUENOS AIRES — A retired general under Argentina's former dictatorship has been detained amid an investigation of alleged human rights abuses during military rule, authorities said Tuesday. Retired Gen. Luciano Benjamin Menendez, former chief of the 3rd Army Group, was picked up in the central Argentine city of Cordoba, a federal court official said. Four other officers and a civilian intelligence agent under the 1976-83 dictatorship also were being sought in the investigation, authorities said.


VIENNA — OPEC members struggled on Tuesday to overcome Venezuela's opposition to Iraq's participation in their oil policy talks in a bid to prevent a damaging rift. The 10 OPEC members, excluding Iraq, were to meet late Wednesday night to resolve the impasse between Venezuela and Iraq, OPEC sources said.


BEIJING — China is busy making "full preparations" for a manned spaceflight later this year and would consider a successful mission a milestone in the country's history, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Kong Quan, a ministry spokesman, insisted he had no concrete information about when the mission to send a Chinese astronaut — known as a "taikonaut," after the Mandarin word for space — into orbit would begin. China has indicated it would send a man into space by the end of 2003.


LONDON — Financial news and information provider Reuters said Tuesday it is selling its headquarters on Fleet Street as part of moves to cut costs and consolidate operations. The move marks the departure of the last major media group from Fleet Street, which for decades was synonymous with the British press. National newspapers moved out of the area in the 1980s to cut costs.


PORT-AU-PRINCE — The bullet-riddled body of Amiot Metayer has been found, more than a year after he escaped from prison and allegedly went on a rampage terrorizing government opponents. Metayer, 39, a longtime supporter of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and leader of the so-called "Cannibal Army," was found Monday night.


TEHRAN — Iran remains willing to negotiate on the U.N. nuclear agency's demand for unfettered access for its inspectors but will scale back its cooperation with the watchdog in the meantime, Iran's representative to the agency said Tuesday. Ali Akbar Salehi had announced on Monday that Iran would cut back its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in response to the agency's Oct. 31 deadline for Tehran to prove its atomic programs are peaceful. Tehran charged the move was politically motivated.

Ivory Coast

BOUAKE — Rebel leaders said Tuesday they were abandoning their posts in Ivory Coast's power-sharing government and halting disarmament amid spiraling tensions in the West African nation since the official end of civil war months ago. Rebel leader Guillaume Soro — also a minister in the transitional government arranged under a French-brokered January peace deal — said insurgents would no longer attend to their duties in President Laurent Gbagbo's government.


GUAYMAS — Tropical Storm Marty sideswiped Mexico's western mainland Tuesday before weakening into a tropical depression as it moved northward, dumping rain on portions of the southwestern United States.

Saudi Arabia

JIDDAH — Saudi security forces killed three suspected militants, including a man wanted by the FBI for possible terrorist threats against the United States, in an apartment-building shootout Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said. The agency said one of the Saudi men killed was Sultan Jubran Sultan al-Qahtani, also known as Zubayr al-Rimi, 29. The FBI has linked the Saudi native to possible terror threats against the United States, and he also appears on a Saudi list of militants connected to May 12 suicide bombings in Riyadh that killed 25 people and nine attackers, according to a Saudi Interior Ministry official.

South Korea

SEOUL — The U.S. military in South Korea said Tuesday it will begin flying its newest unmanned spy planes near the border with North Korea this week. The Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will help the U.S. military to monitor North Korean military activities along the 2 1/2-mile-wide, 155-mile-long Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.