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Hanssen Turned Spy for Money

Former FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen has told U.S. government investigators that his 22-year career as a Russian spy was driven by money as he sought to cover house payments and parochial school tuition for his six children.

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MK Reporter Killed MOSCOW (AP) -- The body of a journalist, who reported on crime and local politics in western Russia, was found on the banks of a lake near his home more than three months after he disappeared, his employers said Wednesday. Sergei Kalinovsky, 27, was the senior editor of the Smolensk edition of Moskovsky Komsomolets. He also had a popular television program about crime news on channel TV-30. Kalinovsky disappeared Dec. 14 after telling his father that he was ""going to an important meeting and would return late,"" wrote Moskovsky Komsomolets. His body was found Monday by fishermen at a lake outside of Smolensk. An investigation into his death has been opened by local authorities. Chernobyl Problems KIEV (AP) -- The United Nations' top humanitarian official urged Ukraine's government to help implement a new UN strategy for aiding victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

Fighting Rages at Holy Christian Shrine

Scores of Palestinian gunmen were hiding inside one of Christianity's holiest shrines -- Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity -- on Wednesday, seeking refuge from Israeli troops, helicopters and tanks that invaded the city as part of an offensive aimed at crushing Palestinian militias in the West Bank.

Powell Dismisses Exile Plan For Arafat

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's suggestion that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat be exiled, saying that the Palestinian leader still plays a key role in the Middle East peace process.

French Ballot Reflects More Balkanization

Up to 17 candidates will crowd the ballot in the first round of France's presidential election on April 21, a record number reflecting the balkanization of the political scene and disinterest in the frontrunners.

Irish 'Travelers' Look to Russia for Refuge

Irish ""travelers,"" angry at what they see as a growing threat to their nomadic lifestyle, have set up camp in the grounds of the Russian Embassy in Dublin in a bid to put themselves beyond the reach of Irish law.

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