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World Briefing - 2003-03-12


The U.S. military says 11 people were killed when an Army helicopter on a training mission crashed Tuesday in New York. Officials say there were two survivors. The Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Fort Drum in upstate New York. Fort Drum, home to the Army's 10th Mountain Division, has been a major staging area for reserve units preparing for a possible war with Iraq.

Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo has demanded that Japan arrest Peru's ex-President Alberto Fujimori and return him to Peru. President Fujimori, has been living in Japan since he fled Peru amid a corruption scandal in November 2000.

Germany is preparing for a possible terrorist attack. Measures include the stocking of smallpox vaccine for the entire population, setting up vaccination points and training doctors. The country's interior ministry insists there is no immediate threat.

Ahead of a U.S. Congressional vote on intellectual property rights violations, Taiwan has been put on the 'priority watch list' which threatens economic sanctions and reduced defense cooperation if it doesn't clamp down on rampant piracy.

Chinese police have arrested a man who entered the Beijing bureau of Reuters news service, claiming to have a bomb. Police say the man was captured and removed from the sixth-floor office Wednesday after a lengthy standoff.