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Friday, August 15, 1997

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    The crisis in the New York police department sparked by the allegations of a brutal torture of a Haitian immigrant deepened yesterday. The two top officers of the station house at the center of the controversy were reassigned and ten other officers were placed on desk duty. One officer, Justin Volpe, faces charges of aggravated sexual abuse and first-degree assault.


    On August 15, 1947 — fifty years ago today — British colonial rule on the Indian sub-continent came to an end.


    Despite its small size, Albania — and the some three million ethnic Albanians living in the former Yugoslavia — have been at the center of the upheavals that have been rocking the Balkans since the collapse of state socialism. Generally, Albanian minorities have been used as scapegoats — and worse — by many nationalist leaders in the region.