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The wait is over. Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet flew home yesterday. He was not tried for torture. But just holding him in Britain for 17 months set a legal precedent for other alleged human rights abusers (page 1).

Still waiting. Why has international support for the flooding in Southern Africa been so slow to materialize (this page)?

The UN finally settled on a Swede to look for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (page 7).

David Clark Scott World editor


A JOURNALIST AND CANADIAN, OH MY! The Monitor's Corinna Schuler went to the US Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, yesterday to verify that the US was sending aid. "Sweaty, grubby, wearing muddy hiking boots and clothes," she says, she persuaded the reluctant gatekeepers to let her in. She was put through security. She handed over her tape recorder and cellphone, then was asked for her passport. She didn't have it on her; she came straight from reporting on a helicopter rescue mission. The two officials stared at her wide-eyed. The only reason she was let into this restricted area was because they thought she was an American in distress. Journalists were not permitted to enter. Corinna explained that she is not only a journalist," but that she is Canadian. The gentlemen gave her the standard press release, and escorted her outside, where she waited for a cab.


*SAY PINOCHET: The Associated Press pronunciation guide (reading a Spanish word as English) says that the former Chilean dictator's name is "pee-noh-CHET." But if you ask a Chilean, the Spanish pronunciation is "pee-noh-CHAY." What about "pee-noh-SHAY or -SHET"? Wrong.

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