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MIDDLE EAST

Despite Sunday's assassination of Sheikh Abbas Musawi, the leader of Hizbullah, by Israel, Syria and Lebanon have agreed to attend the third round of bilateral Middle East negotiations scheduled to be held in Washington on Feb. 24.... Hundreds of political prisoners are on hunger strike in Egypt to protest prison conditions and detention without trial, the United States human rights group Middle East Watch said after an unprecedented visit to a Cairo jail.... Citing the easing of tensions and renewed possibilities for tourism in the region, the 20,000-member American Society of Travel Agents said it will hold its annual conference in Cairo in September, the first time the group will have met in the Middle East. UNITED STATES

Former long shot Paul Tsongas, who struggled in obscurity for months as a presidential aspirant, has surged ahead as the Democrat to beat in New Hampshire's key primary election today.... The lawyer for serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer says that had he been a juror at the admitted serial killer's sanity trial, he might have joined in the verdict of guilty but sane that will effectively send his client to prison for life.... Four Asians burst into the home of a Vietnamese jeweler early yesterday, tied up the family, and fled with cash and jewels in the latest of more than 10 Asian-on-Asian crimes in Greater Boston. EUROPE

The US, Russia, and Germany called yesterday for the setting up of an international science center in Russia to prevent a brain drain of former Soviet nuclear arms scientists. …