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In Brief

Statue of Mandela unveiled in London
LONDON, England
Nelson Mandela saluted the heroes of South Africa's struggle against apartheid yesterday at the unveiling of his statue at a ceremony in London recognizing him as one of the greatest leaders of the age.
Mandela, 89, said the statue - which joins those of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill in London's Parliament Square - was a symbol for all those who resisted oppression.
"Though this statue is of one man, it should in actual fact symbolize all those who have resisted oppression, especially in my country," Mandela said at the ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
"The history of the struggle in South Africa is rich with the stories of heroes and heroines, some of them leaders, some of them followers. All of them deserve to be remembered."
Israeli mercenary
BOGOTA, Colombia
Colombian authorities say they will ask Russia to extradite a former Israeli army officer who was convicted in absentia of training the South American country's right-wing death squads.
Yair Klein, a former lieutenant colonel, was recently detained at a Moscow airport on an arrest warrant issued by Interpol.
Colombian Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo said embassy staff in Moscow were translating the extradition request.
He said a Colombian judge convicted and sentenced Klein to 10 years in prison for his role in the 1980s training of far-right paramilitary groups responsible for mass murder and widespread land theft during a decade-long reign of terror across Colombia.
Political killing
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
A candidate from Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchu's Guatemalan election campaign was shot dead by gunmen, the latest murder in the run-up to the September 9 vote, during which 40 people have been killed.
Clara Luz Lopez, 46, an activist from Menchu's left-leaning Together for Guatemala party, was running for a seat on the Casillas city council in the southeast of the country and was murdered driving home after a day's campaigning on Monday.
"She was shot seven times last night," said Amilacar Garcia, a Together for Guatemala congressional candidate.
Surprise strike in UK
LONDON, England
Thousands of prison officers launched a surprise 24-hour strike yesterday in a dispute over pay, their first ever national stoppage and one which the government described as illegal.
It was not clear what effect the strike was having at the 140-odd jails in England and Wales, which are almost at capacity with around 80,000 inmates.
The Prison Officers' Association said the walkout followed a recent ballot of its 24,000 members in which 87 percent had rejected the government's decision to award a 2.5 percent pay rise in stages.
Britain's jail numbers have reached record levels in recent years, leading to problems of overcrowding. Statistics show more than eight officers were being assaulted every day.
The POA is not included under trade union legislation, and the government said the strike was totally unlawful.