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Charles again thanks world for sympathy

Published Oct. 2, 2005

Britain's Prince Charles used his first foreign visit since the death of his ex-wife, Princess Diana, to thank the world for its sympathy.

Arriving in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland to start an eight-day Africa tour, Charles thanked parliamentary leaders for offering condolences.

"We have all been deeply touched by the flood of messages and condolences and kindness that we have received from all over the world," he said.

Charles is visiting Swaziland and Lesotho, while his 13-year-old son, Prince Harry, and a schoolmate go on a short safari. On Saturday, Harry and his father will attend a charity concert in South Africa by Britain's Spice Girls.

His other son, Prince William, 15, is back at school in Eton.

Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash Aug. 31 at the age of 36.

Britain seeks extradition of "great train robber'

BRASILIA _ Britain asked Brazil on Wednesday to extradite the "great train robber" Ronald Biggs, who has been on the run from Scotland Yard for 32 years.

Biggs, 68, escaped from prison in 1965 after serving 15 months of a 30-year sentence for the robbery of the London-to-Glasgow mail train. The robbers made off with $7.3-million in the 1963 holdup.

After stops in France _ where he had plastic surgery to change his appearance _ and Australia, Biggs arrived in 1970 in Brazil, where he has lived as a celebrity for the past 27 years.

His extradition became possible after Britain and Brazil ratified an extradition treaty in August.

Cadbury ordered to stop marketing "Swiss' bars

LONDON _ A judge has ordered candymaker Cadbury Schweppes to stop passing off its British-made bars as Swiss chocolate.

Swiss chocolatiers Suchard and Lindt and the trade group Chocosuisse sued Cadbury over its Swiss Chalet line of candies.

High Court Judge Hugh Laddie sided with the Swiss, saying a substantial number of consumers would be fooled by Cadbury's marketing of the honey-flavored chocolate bars. The candy wrappers picture the Matterhorn, Switzerland's famous mountain peak.

The Swiss complained the Cadbury bar was inferior to Swiss chocolate because it contains less cocoa and more vegetable fat and is not as smooth as Swiss chocolate.

Elsewhere on Wednesday

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa _ The United Nations slapped fresh sanctions on Angola's former UNITA rebels that would restrict their international travel and close foreign offices as punishment for foot-dragging in the southwest African country's peace process. The sanctions took effect at 12:01 a.m. today.

ZUWARAH, Libya _ Nelson Mandela presented South Africa's highest award for a foreigner to Moammar Gadhafi. The visit, Mandela's second in a week, prompted speculation the South African president was trying to mediate an end to the 5-year-old U.N. sanctions against Libya.

LUSAKA, Zambia _ Zambia announced a seven-day state of emergency, giving authorities sweeping search and arrest powers a day after troops quickly crushed a coup attempt.

MUTSAMUDU, Comoros _ Leaders of a breakaway island in the Comoros Indian Ocean nation announced an independent government, days after voters overwhelmingly approved secession.