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Libyans sought in bombing said alive

Two Libyans charged with blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland and killing 270 people in 1988 were alive and well, a British lawyer said Tuesday, contradicting a former CIA official who said they may have been executed. Solicitor Stephen Mitchell spoke by telephone from the Libyan capital after a former top Central Intelligence Agency official in Washington said the two may have been executed in a bid to evade international sanctions against Libya. The suspects are Abdel Baset Ali Mohamed Meghrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah. They were indicted by a U.S. grand jury last November on 193 violations of federal law in connection with the explosion on board the Pan Am Boeing 747 Dec. 21, 1988. All 259 people aboard and 11 people on the ground were killed. Also Tuesday, Libya told the United Nations it would cooperate with a French investigation on the 1989 downing of an airliner over Africa, sources said.

Peru blast kills two near U.S. embassy

LIMA, Peru _ A powerful car bomb exploded near the U.S. ambassador's residence Tuesday evening, across the street from the U.S. embassy, killing two Peruvian police guards outside and wounding two others, authorities said. Neither of Peru's two leftist rebel groups immediately claimed responsibility. Later, guerrillas bombed at least three banks in Lima. The blast at the residence tore a hole 20 feet long in a 10-foot-high protecting wall and knocked out power lines in the area. U.S. Ambassador Anthony Quainton was not home at the time, and no one inside was hurt, officials said.

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NICOSIA, Cyprus _ Proclaiming "death to America," hundreds of thousands of Iranians demonstrated in their capital Tuesday on the 13th anniversary of the Islamic revolution's triumph over Iran's pro-Western monarchy. They gathered to remember Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who returned from exile on Feb. 1, 1979. He seized power 10 days later. He died of cancer June 3, 1989.

PARIS _ Leading Cuban painter Jesus de Armas, 57, has asked for political asylum in France, Le Monde newspaper said Tuesday.

DUBLIN _ Parliament confirmed Albert Reynolds as prime minister on Tuesday, and he then fired most old-guard supporters of deposed leader Charles Haughey in one of the biggest cabinet shakeups in Irish political history.