Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Catholics were reporting to Protestants, and vice versa, as the departments of Northern Ireland's new government prepared to receive self-rule powers from Britain. But the process was not without incident as hard-line Protestants hissed at the election of reputed ex-Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness to the post of education minister. Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland government was to rescind articles in the Constitution that make territorial claims on the North.

Secret attempts have been made to arrange a meeting with the leader of the separatist rebels in Aceh, Indonesia's new president revealed. Abdurrahman Wahid said he sought the talks to prevent his sprawling nation from breaking apart since it is widely believed that if Aceh secedes other disaffected regions could follow. Separatist chief Hasan Tiro, in exile in Sweden, previously has refused to meet with government envoys and his spokesmen denied he has spoken with Wahid by telephone.

Five dissidents arrested for signing a petition that accuses Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat of corruption, backed away from it. In a new statement, they said they didn't intend to harm Arafat or to "create strife." The move came as the Palestinian Legislative Council was to debate lifting the immunity from arrest of nine of its members who also signed. One of the nine said he was "misled" to believe the petition would not be made public.

FBI agents were en route to an area near Ciudad Jurez, Mexico, to help recover and identify the remains of as many as 100 people believed to have been murdered by drug traffickers. The victims reportedly were found in mass graves on two ranches. The office of Mexico's attorney general said the FBI had been enlisted because 22 of the victims may have been US citizens. Ciudad Jurez has been the base of a cocaine cartel whose leader died in 1997. …

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