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Grenada releases 3 coup prisoners


3 convicted in 1983 coup are released

Three men convicted of killings in a 1983 coup in Grenada that triggered a U.S. invasion walked out of prison Thursday after serving 24 years behind bars. The three men — Hudson Austin, Colville McBarnett and John Ventour — are members of the "Grenada 17" and were convicted of murder in the killings of former Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, four Cabinet ministers and six supporters on Oct. 19, 1983. In 1979, Bishop led a bloodless coup and installed a socialist government that turned to Cuba for aid. Hard-line members of the Marxist government sent soldiers to kill Bishop on Oct. 19, 1983, considering him too moderate. Six days after the killings, thousands of U.S. troops stormed the Caribbean island on a mission that President Ronald Reagan said would restore order, protect American medical students and prevent a buildup of Cuban military advisers and weapons.


Court rejects prenuptial pacts

A British court ruling has made it worthwhile to wait at least until the honeymoon to thrash out the details of a separation. In the case of two Americans who live in the British territory of the Isle of Man, judges on Wednesday affirmed the validity of arrangements made after the wedding, rebuffing the ex-wife's attempt to gain a larger share of her former husband's fortune than the pair had agreed to. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council — the highest appeal court for British territories — also said it would keep to its rule that agreements made before a marriage are contrary to public policy, leaving it up to British lawmakers whether to follow the United States, Australia, Russia, Germany and others in recognizing prenuptial agreements.

New Delhi

India calls off cricket tour

Cricket is one of the few things India and Pakistan agree on. But with New Delhi accusing Islamabad of not curbing Pakistani-based terrorists blamed for the Mumbai attack, India on Thursday canceled a cricket tour to Pakistan — a clear sign of a freeze in relations. India's national cricket team went to Pakistan in 2004 for the national teams' first full series of matches in 14 years, a trip hailed as an optimistic sign as the nuclear-armed rivals got a peace process going. That has been undone by last month's Mumbai assault, which left 164 people and nine of the 10 attackers dead.


US-NATO supply line draws fire

More than 10,000 anti-government protesters demanded Thursday that Pakistan shut the route along which supplies are ferried to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The demonstration in the northwestern city of Peshawar also focused on recent U.S. missile strikes against suspected al-Qaida and Taliban targets in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas along the Afghan border and Pakistani military offensives against Islamic insurgents in the area. The supply line runs from the port city of Karachi and through the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan.


Chile: A powerful earthquake shook central Chile on Thursday but apparently caused no major damage, officials said. The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 6:19 p.m. local time and was centered about 45 miles north of Valparaiso, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Times wires

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