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Sunday, November 29, 1998 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Daily Briefing

Daily Briefing

UPDATE

-- The British government is close to reaching a compromise that would return Gen. Augusto Pinochet home to Chile to stand trial on human-rights charges, The Sunday Telegraph and The Observer reported today. Spanish authorities want to try Pinochet for genocide, torture and terrorism. Home Secretary Jack Straw has until Dec. 11 to decide whether to extradite Pinochet to Spain. The former Chilean dictator remained under police guard at a London hospital, where he is recovering from back surgery. He was arrested by British police on Oct. 16.

-- Eleven relatives of victims of Swissair Flight 111 returned yesterday to the site of the Sept. 2 crash for a ceremony at sea to remember their loved ones. They tossed red carnations from a Canadian navy ship into frigid waters over the wreckage, off the coast of Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. Most came to Nova Scotia after the crash, but were unable to get so close to the area where the MD-11 went down.

-- Albania's President Rexhep Meidani signed the nation's first post-communist constitution yesterday. It's effective immediately.

PEOPLE

King Hussein of Jordan has begun a final round of chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., before returning home in about a month. Hussein, 63, has been treated in the United States since mid-July for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

TODAY IN HISTORY

-- In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

-- In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

P.S.

A Canadian judge has ruled that a woman could accept tax-free cigarettes as payment for cleaning work she did at the Iraqi Embassy in Ottawa because the embassy could not afford to pay her in cash. Anahit Geodjzjan, a Russian immigrant who accepted two cases of cigarettes from her employer last year, was charged with illegally possessing tax-free tobacco. She had been promised a $300 salary.

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