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Sierra Leoneans struck a peace pact this summer bringing to an end eight years of civil war. A laudable achievement. But the deal gave high government posts to rebel leaders and a blanket amnesty for combatants who committed gruesome acts of cruelty against civilians. It's a peace agreement that brings to mind the biblical passage: "Peace, peace; when there is no peace."Skip to next paragraph
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The challenge of conducting peace is also evident in Kosovo, where Serbian civilians face almost daily revenge attacks by ethnic Albanians. NATO commanders admit order won't be established until a civilian police force is created. Meanwhile, Serbian generals are fueling nationalist sentiment in Yugoslavia and Serbian paramilitary forces are already slipping back into Kosovo. Quote of note: "The violence in Kosovo serves Milosevic." - a Yugoslav historian.
The 148-day student strike over tuition hikes at Mexico's biggest public university is emblematic of fundamental shifts in how Latin Americans value higher education.
Young Americans - 30,000 by one tally - are flocking to Prague, the city of medieval spires, for fun and fortune.
- David Clark Scott, World editor
REPORTERS ON THE JOB *MASH UNIT FOR THE MEDIA: Reporter Shawn Donnan visited the Olympic village under construction in the Sydney suburbs. His impression: living quarters will be tight. A house where 16 athletes will be living in eight bedrooms will become a four-bedroom home with a double garage after the Olympics. How? "They're putting the athletes everywhere - even in the garages," says Shawn. Still, he adds, it looks a lot better than where organizers are planning to put the media horde. The media "village" is at an old hospital and the rooms "look like army barracks."
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