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Daily Briefing


Sixteen weeks after the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia, police said today that remains of all 229 victims have been identified. More than $1 million in U.S. currency has been recovered, police said.


-- Defense Secretary William Cohen will arrive in the Persian Gulf tomorrow for a two-day Christmas visit with U.S. forces that participated in military strikes against Iraq.

-- Padre Pio, a 20th century mystic monk who had mysterious bleeding scars like Christ's wounds, is to be beatified in May next year, the penultimate step before sainthood, the Vatican said yesterday.


Shortly after losing her bid for a second term, the White House told Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun she could be nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to New Zealand if she wants the job, a top aide said. But the Illinois Democrat has not decided what she wants to do next, the aide said.

Today in history

-- In 1989, Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown.


The case of an Iranian who underwent a sex-change operation has perplexed an inheritance court in Iran, where sons inherit twice as much as daughters. The daily Iran said Hassan, 19, who was born a girl but underwent a sex-change operation five years ago, appeared at the court after his father's death. The judge postponed ruling until Hassan gets his sex officially changed in identity papers.

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