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Argentina arrests war crime suspect

Argentine police Thursday arrested a Croatian World War II concentration camp chief wanted for extradition for a war crimes trial.

Victor Ramos, head of the anti-racism unit that requested the arrest, said 76-year-old Dinko Sakic, who headed Jasenovac concentration camp from 1942-44, was arrested at his home on the Atlantic coast and would be questioned by a judge today.

Interior Minister Carlos Corach was quoted by state news agency Telam expressing "the government's satisfaction at the arrest" of Sakic, whose past was revealed by an Argentine television program on April 6.

Sakic has lived in Argentina openly for 50 years, but the country moved quickly to try to ensure his extradition once Croatia requested it Monday.

The camp that Sakic commanded when he was just 21 was known as the "Auschwitz of the Balkans." The number of Serbs, Gypsies and Jews killed there has long been disputed. Serbs say 700,000 died; Croatia estimates it was 85,000.

Canadian content on radio increased

OTTAWA _ Canadian radio stations will be required to give more air time to Canadian musicians starting in January under federal regulations announced Thursday.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said music by Canadian artists will have to account for 35 percent of the music played by a radio station, up from 30 percent.

"Minimum Canadian content requirements in radio have contributed significantly to the success of Canadian music in Canada and abroad," said the commission's chairwoman, Francoise Bertrand.

The decision was a compromise between radio station owners, who wanted looser Canadian-content requirements, and the music industry, which wanted an increased quota.

Iran still sponsors terror, U.S. reports

WASHINGTON _ Despite a more moderate government, Iran remained the world's leading "state sponsor of terrorism" last year, carrying out at least 13 assassinations, the State Department said Thursday in a report.

"There is no evidence that Iranian policy has changed, and Iran continues both to provide significant support to terrorist organizations and to assassinate dissidents abroad," the department said.

It said there were 304 acts of international terrorism in 1997, an increase of eight over 1996, which had the lowest total since 1971. More than a third of the attacks in 1997 took place in Colombia, but the report said most were bombings of oil pipelines that caused no casualties.

The report said Secretary of State Madeleine Albright designated the same seven countries as last year _ Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria _ as state sponsors of terrorism, making them subject to U.S. sanctions.

Elsewhere . . .

+ BRASILIA, Brazil _ With fires and logging eating away at the Amazon forest, Brazil announced a plan with the World Bank and World Wildlife Fund to protect an area nearly the size of Colorado.

+ GUATEMALA CITY _ Police arrested Carlos Enrique Vielman, 24, on Thursday on suspicion of murdering Catholic Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi.