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WORLD

BRITAIN

EU Bans Export Of Controversial Beef

Citing a "crisis of confidence" among European consumers, the European Union ordered Britain on Wednesday to stop exporting cattle, beef and beef products to the rest of the world because of the "mad cow disease" scare.

The ban, which takes effect immediately, covers exports of beef, live cattle, bull sperm, embryos and beef-containing products ranging from cosmetics and medicines to ice cream and candy.

At the same time, the European Union indicated a willingness to provide an unspecified amount of money to help Britain cope with the collapse of its $780 million beef export market.

AP

EGYPT

Hijackers Surrender, Release Hostages

Three hijackers surrendered Wednesday hours after forcing an Egypt Air jetliner carrying 152 people to land in Libya. They demanded a meeting with the leaders of Libya, Egypt and the United States, saying they had "a message from God."

The Saudi Arabian hijackers left the plane and were arrested by Libyan military authorities, Egyptian officials said. The passengers were unharmed.

The airliner had landed in Tobruk, a Libyan city on the Mediterranean about 70 miles west of Egypt.

AP

TURKEY

Mrs. Clinton Tours Historic Sites On Trip

Shuttling between Turkey's two continents, Europe and Asia, Hillary Rodham Clinton paid homage to one of history's most venerated women - the Virgin Mary - and told Turkish leaders Wednesday, "Where women prosper, countries prosper."

Even while sightseeing, Mrs. Clinton reinforced a theme threaded throughout her overseas travels: Women are important to society - any society at any time.

She paid a visit to the purported home of Jesus' mother and took a tour of the nearby ruins of ancient Ephesus, before flying to Istanbul. Followed at every step by rambunctious Turkish photographers, she then visited a family planning program and delivered an address to Istanbul leaders.

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UKRAINE

Navy Obtains 17 Ships In Settlement

The Ukrainian navy's flag was hoisted for the first time Wednesday over ships of the long-disputed Black Sea fleet.

Seventeen of the ships Ukraine is getting from the fleet, which it is splitting with Russia, are flying the blue-and-white flag, the navy said Wednesday.

Russia and Ukraine both claimed control of the fleet following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. …