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NETHERLANDS: 27 years for Serb massacre

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal sentenced the former chief of the Yugoslav army to 27 years imprisonment Tuesday for providing military aid to Bosnian Serb forces responsible for the Srebrenica massacre and for a four-year campaign of shelling and sniping in Sarajevo. The case against Gen. Momcilo Perisic was the first conviction by the UN court of a civilian or military officer from Yugoslavia for war crimes in Bosnia, and underscored the Yugoslav army's far-reaching support for Serb rebels in Bosnia and Croatia who committed the worst atrocities of the Balkan conflicts in the early 1990s. The trial of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic ended inconclusively in 2006 when he died in his cell of a heart attack.

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. civilian abducted, killed

An American civilian working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was kidnapped from his Afghanistan power plant and strangled to death, officials and family members said Tuesday. Carrie Hughes told The Associated Press that military officers came to her house near Charleston, S.C., on Monday to inform her that her father, James W. "Will" Coker, had been killed. Also Tuesday, the bodies of two slain German hikers were retrieved from a remote location.

BRITAIN: Bid to reform abortion law

British lawmakers are reconsidering the country's approach to abortion, igniting a debate over whether clinics paid to carry out abortions should also be allowed to give advice to women unsure how to handle an unwanted pregnancy. Conservative Party legislator Nadine Dorries says counselors too often place women on a "conveyor belt to the operating theater."

JAPAN: Flying aid to typhoon victims

Helicopters ferried supplies Tuesday to thousands of people still cut off by Japan's worst typhoon in 28 years. Typhoon Talas left 46 dead and 54 missing in a nation still struggling to recover from its devastating tsunami just six months ago.

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