Wednesday, July 5, 2000

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  • French Prosecutor Investigates US Global Listening System

    A French state prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation into the workings of the United States’ Echelon spy system of satellites and listening posts.

  • Mexico’s New President Takes Power

    Mexico’s new president, Vincente Fox, held his first news conference yesterday. He announced plans to rebuild the country’s federal law enforcement system, modeling it after the US system. Specifically Fox said he intends to create a Ministry of Security and Justice similar to the FBI. He also said he plans to travel to the United States soon to meet with President Clinton and both major presidential candidates to discuss his proposal to open the US-Mexico border. Fox also announced he would try to advance the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement to cover labor and small businesses.

  • Senegal Dismisses Torture Charges Against Exiled Chadian Dictator

    A Senegalese court yesterday dismissed torture charges against the exiled Chadian dictator Hissene Habre. The decision came after a panel-headed by Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade-removed the judge investigating the case and promoted the head of the Indicting Chamber, which issued yesterday’s ruling.

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