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Delegates in Montreal pulled an all-nighter, but by sunrise Saturday they had a new global treaty on trade in genetically altered foods.

He trained with Che Guevara and spent three decades trying to overthrow the president of Zaire. When Laurent Kabila finally usurped Mobutu Sese Seko, many around the world cheered. But can President Kabila extract his nation from the current quagmire of conflict?

Israeli leaders face charges of corruption. Will it slow the peace process?

David Clark Scott World editor


*AN EIGHT-MINUTE INTERVIEW? United Nations reporter Minh Vo was scheduled for a 40-minute interview (the only one granted with a US daily newspaper during his visit) with the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Laurent Kabila. But a prior meeting with US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke, cut Minh's time to 20 minutes. Minh wasted little time, and plunged in with her questions while four bodyguards, four presidential aides, and a Washington-based publicist looked on. But just as she was warming up, an aide interrupted: "The interview is over." Her questions about human rights abuses and North Korean soldiers had struck a nerve. "I can't base a story on eight minutes," Minh protested. The aide began to argue, when Mr. Kabila gently but firmly interceded. "Let her continue." She got the full 20 minutes.


*LIBRARIAN FREE: Song Yongyi, a librarian at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., held in China for nearly six months on charges of smuggling state secrets was abruptly released Friday. He returned to the United States Saturday and denied any wrongdoing. As reported in the Jan. 28 Monitor, Mr. Song was detained in August. Song had been collecting newspapers and documents concerning the Cultural Revolution, the period from 1966 to 1976, when an estimated 1 million people were killed.

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