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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Junta Defies Sanctions

BUJUMBURA () -- Burundi's military junta marked a week in power Thursday vowing to overcome economic sanctions aimed at bringing it down.

Central and East African leaders agreed at a summit in Tanzania on Wednesday to impose a total but undefined embargo to force ethnic Tutsi strongman Major Pierre Buyoya to return the country to civilian rule.

He took power when the army threw out Hutu president Sylvestre Ntibantunganya last week.

The day after the decision, none of the details had been released and Buyoya's new prime minister, Pascal Firmin Ndimira, said his government would survive boycotts.

Chirac Backs Drug Plan

PARIS (Reuters) -- French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday backed a plan by Colombian President Ernesto Samper, barred from the United States for his alleged links with drugs barons, to fight cocaine production by promoting alternative crops.

Samper met Chirac in his capacity as chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement to receive a briefing on last month's Lyon summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations.

Samper told reporters he had asked that the European Union maintain its aid for his program of crop substitution.