Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
For the first time, Iraq allowed Western diplomats on Thursday to visit two Americans held in custody since they strayed across the border 10 days ago.
The two Americans are William Barloon, 39, a McDonnell Douglas employee, and David Daliberti, 41, who works for Kay Associates. Both companies do work for the Kuwaiti Defense Ministry.
One source who insisted on anonymity confirmed the men were being held in Baghdad and are in good condition but refused to give further details. Another source said Western diplomats visited the men. Compiled from news services
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Ruggiero's appointment had been expected since the U.S.-backed candidate, former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, withdrew. The United States later supported Ruggiero but insisted that he serve only one four-year term and that the next candidate be from a non-European country. AP
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The Swedish government, under pressure to stem a flood of asylum-seekers, had claimed the refugees will be safe back in Croatia. But many Swedes felt a moral obligation to protect the people who fled the fighting last year. On Thursday, the government suspended the deportations. AP
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