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Selassie remains exhumed

Eighteen years after the Marxist revolution that overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie, his remains were exhumed Monday from a secret grave under the floor of a bathroom in the grounds of the Imperial Palace. The remains were taken in a new coffin by ambulance to the Menelik II mausoleum and placed alongside those of Selassie's predecessors until they can be transferred to a specially built personal tomb. Thousands of Ethiopians clad in black, some crying, escorted the remains to the mausoleum where they then paid their respects to the former leader. His reburial will be held July 23, the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Britain to pay HIV carriers

LONDON _ Britain announced a $21-million program Monday to compensate people infected with the AIDS virus through blood transfusions carried out by the state health service. Health Secretary William Waldegrave told parliament in a written reply that 74 people and their HIV-infected spouses and children each would receive a maximum of $142,000. The Conservative government decided to pay compensation to HIV-infected hemophiliacs in 1990 after a long campaign by victims. AIDS charities welcomed the extension of the compensation plan but were suspicious about its timing ahead of general elections widely expected to be held in April.

Poland reforms eased

WARSAW _ Prime Minister Jan Olszewski announced a softening of Poland's tough 2-year-old economic reforms Monday, but he said his government still is determined to create a market economy as soon as possible. Olszewski portrayed his new socio-economic program as a continuation of the basic market philosophy carried out by the two previous Solidarity governments, except for some "essential changes." But he may have been undermined by the sudden resignation of his finance minister, Karol Lutkowski, who reportedly opposes plans to increase government spending and expand the money supply, fearing such a strategy would risk renewed inflation.

DEA sets up in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador _ The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has set up an office in El Salvador to combat an expected rise in drug trafficking as the country struggles to recover from 12 years of civil war. "The first DEA agent came on Sunday. With him, the office is officially open," said Oscar Pena, the National Police's anti-narcotics chief. "We hope that in two months we will have a DEA office with more people." Authorities say the country is used increasingly as a trade route by drug traffickers aiming to flood the U.S. market with South American cocaine.

Jet bombing hearing today

Libya's official news agency said Monday there was Arab solidarity on the eve of what Tripoli promises will be an open court hearing on the two Libyans wanted in the West for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. In an apparent effort to win attention for its own version of the bombing investigation, the government has invited Western journalists to attend the session today. The Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, has denied U.S. and British allegations that the two suspects are intelligence agents and said Libya will never hand them over to the West. The bombing of the jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed 270 people.