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German chief to join D-day celebration

The 60th anniversary of the D-day invasion to liberate France from Nazi troops will close with a French-German peace ceremony, officials announced Thursday.

It will be the first time that a German leader has participated in the observance of D-day, the start of Europe's liberation on June 6, 1944.

Ten years ago, Chancellor Helmut Kohl was not invited to the 50th anniversary ceremony _ a decision that caused sore feelings in Germany.

For the 60th anniversary celebrations June 5-7, France has invited leaders of World War II's Allied nations, including President Bush. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was also invited.

Taiwan to slaughter fowl

in bird flu outbreak

TAIPEI, Taiwan _ Health officials ordered the killing of thousands of ducks and chickens in central and southern Taiwan on Thursday to control the latest outbreak of a bird flu that has swept across Asia, devastating poultry stocks and claiming the lives of at least 10 people.

The officials ordered the immediate slaughter of about 27,000 ducks and chickens after the virus was detected among birds at four farms between 20 and 100 miles from the central city of Taichung. A six-month quarantine also was placed on poultry farms within a 2-mile radius of the affected birds.

Thursday's announcement marked the latest known outbreak of the virus that was first reported among commercially sold birds last month in South Korea. The disease, which has hit countries in Southeast Asia especially hard, has been detected in 10 nations from Pakistan to Japan.

International court's first

targets: Ugandan rebels

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands _ Ugandan rebel leaders who have exploited thousands of kidnapped children as soldiers or sex slaves will be the target of the first investigation by the International Criminal Court, the chief prosecutor said Thursday.

The world's only permanent war crimes tribunal won jurisdiction for its first case when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni asked the court in The Hague to investigate possible crimes against humanity by the Lord's Resistance Army, which operates in northern Uganda.