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World in brief

Pinochet's daughter seeks asylum in U.S.

By wire services
Published January 26, 2006


WASHINGTON - The elder daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet requested asylum in the United States on Wednesday after being taken into custody at Dulles International Airport, Chilean and U.S. officials said.

Lucia Pinochet was taken into custody by customs officials because of an outstanding arrest warrant in Chile, officials said.

Chilean Interior Minister Francisco Vidal said U.S. Ambassador Craig Kelly had informed his government of the asylum request. A State Department official confirmed the request and said she will be interviewed by an asylum officer as early as Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information.

Lucia Pinochet had been indicted by a Chilean judge on tax evasion and false passport charges, Chilean and U.S. officials said.

She was taken into custody after she got off a plane from Argentina that landed at Dulles International Airport, outside Washington, about 7 a.m.

More promises from Haiti on jailed priest's release

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - Haiti's interim leader, criticized by human rights groups for the jailing of a politically influential Catholic priest, said Wednesday his government was working to free the activist "as soon as possible" amid reports the man has cancer.

Interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue said he offered to allow the Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste to travel to the United States for treatment after hearing that the priest had been diagnosed with leukemia.

Conservative says Canada will arm guards

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A prominent member of Canada's incoming Conservative government said Wednesday the party will stand behind its promise to arm border guards, a day after guards fled their posts because two murder suspects were heading for the border from California.

Vic Toews, who will soon be a part of the government after serving as Canada's justice critic in opposition, said he did not relish the sight of Canadian border guards leaving their posts as gunmen approached.

Suspects Ishtiaq Hussain, 38, of Pakistan and Jose Antonio Barajas, 22, of Mexico were arrested amid gunfire at the end of a chase Tuesday, police said. Hussain was shot and wounded by U.S. border guards.

Prince Harry to join Household Cavalry

LONDON - Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, will join one of the army's oldest and most prestigious units, making him eligible for service in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

Harry, 21, will serve in the Blues and Royals regiment of the venerable Household Cavalry, which already has been deployed to Iraq.

Clarence House, the office of Harry's father, Prince Charles, said the young prince will join the Blues and Royals in April.

[Last modified January 26, 2006, 01:03:03]


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