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CYPRUS/Body may be ex-leader's

Cypriot police acting on a tip found a body at a Nicosia cemetery that they believe could be the stolen corpse of former president Tassos Papadopoulos, a spokesman said Monday. Michalis Katsounotos said the corpse was found at a different cemetery from the suburban Nicosia graveyard from where it was stolen on Dec. 11 - the eve of the first anniversary of Papadopoulos' death. He said DNA testing would be carried out. The motive for the theft remains a mystery, but Papadopoulos - president from 2003 to 2008 - is considered by many right-wing Greek Cypriots as a symbol of resistance to peace accords they believe are weighted against them.


MYANMAR/Setting stage for elections

Myanmar announced the enactment of long-awaited laws Monday that set the stage for the country's first election in 20 years to be held sometime this year. State radio and television said the new laws would be published in state newspapers beginning Tuesday; it gave no details. A 1990 election was won by the National League for Democracy party of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, but the military refused to hand over power. The party of Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest until November, has not yet committed itself to taking part in the polls because it claims the new constitution of 2008 is unfair. It has clauses that would ensure that the military retains a controlling say in government and bars Suu Kyi from holding office.


GERMANY/Jackpot thieves sought

Police were hunting Monday for four bandits who stormed a poker tournament in Berlin and made off with $328,000 in jackpot money in a brazen daylight heist. The masked men armed with guns and machetes rushed midday Saturday into the poker tournament with about 1,000 registered players in central Potsdamer Platz at the Berlin Grand Hyatt hotel. Berlin police spokesman Burkhardt Opitz said police were hoping to put together details and pictures for a public search.

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