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SLAIN TEEN WHO HAS BECOME ANTI-RACIST SYMBOL IS BURIED

A slain black teenager who has become a symbol of Scandinavia's battle against racism and neo-Nazism was buried Monday after a service led by Norway's head Lutheran bishop and attended by 800 people.

In what was seen as Norway's first racially motivated murder, 15-year-old Benjamin Hermansen was stabbed to death near his Oslo home late on Jan. 26. Six suspects linked to a neo-Nazi group have been arrested and charged in the murder.

"You died because you were different, but we are all the same," sang five of his friends who wrote "Song to Benjamin" for the service.

The murder touched a nerve in Scandinavia. Norway has a small, hard core of neo-Nazis but has had little extremist violence compared with neighboring Sweden and Denmark.

In the Danish capital of Copenhagen, about 1,000 people demonstrated Tuesday against racism, lighting 15 torches in front of a stage, one for each year of Hermansen's life.

India firm offers aid agency
cut-rate anti-HIV drugs

NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- An Indian drug company has offered to sell an AIDS cocktail that costs $10,000 a year per patient to an international aid agency for $350, the company's chairman said today.

The decision by Bombay-based Cipla Ltd. could revolutionize the treatment of HIV patients in developing countries, where the virus is most rampant.

Cipla will sell the three-drug, anti-retroviral cocktail to Doctors Without Borders, a Paris-based medical aid agency, at the discounted price as long as the agency agrees to distribute the drug free, said Dr. Yusuf Hamied, Cipla's chairman.

Similar drug cocktails often cost $10,000 to $15,000 per patient annually in the United States and Europe.

Hamied said he made the decision after the Jan. 26 earthquake in western Gujarat state -- where more than 17,000 people have been confirmed dead -- and the outpouring of relief for the 1 million people left homeless.

"AIDS is going to be a bigger holocaust in India than the earthquake," he said.

Libyan appeals conviction
in '88 bombing of jetliner

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- A Libyan intelligence agent today filed an appeal of his murder conviction in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people.

A lawyer for Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi filed the notice of intention to appeal at the Scottish High Court in Edinburgh.

Al-Megrahi, 48, was convicted and sentenced last Wednesday to life in prison for his part in the Dec. 21, 1998, bombing of a New York-bound flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.

A statement issued by the Lockerbie trial court at Camp Zeist, Netherlands, where the nine-month trial was held, said a Scottish judge would rule on whether to permit the appeal.

Officials said last week that any appeal would be heard within six months by a five-judge appellate panel at Camp Zeist.

Another defendant, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted. He returned home to a tumultuous welcome.

Canada has established
relations with North Korea

TORONTO (AP) -- Canada announced Tuesday that it has established diplomatic relations with North Korea in the latest step easing the communist state's international isolation.

The announcement, expected for weeks, followed Canada's official recognition of North Korea last year. In agreeing to formal ties, Canada joins Great Britain and other European Union nations in seeking increased contact with the isolated Pyongyang regime.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Manley said, "Canada believes that closer relations with Pyongyang is the best way to contribute to security, nonproliferation and humanitarian challenges in the region."

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