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Robin Cook. The Foreign Secretary faces being sued by former MI5 and reluctant French resident David Shayler. Cook had dismissed Shalyer's allegations of MI6's involvement in a plot to kill Libyan leader Colonel Gadafy in a BBC television interview. Shayler said:"Mr Cook's claims that my allegations were 'pure fantasy' will be exposed as defamatory as they induced people to conclude that I was inventing information to serve my own ends."
Telephone groups WorldCom and Sprint, whose merger looks likely to be blocked after the USDepartment of Justice said it would file a lawsuit to block the deal. USattorney-general Janet Reno said: "This merger threatens to undermine the competitive gains achieved since the department challenged AT&T's monopoly of the telecommunications industry 25 years ago."
Paul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, who is being sued by his former band for using its name without permission. Kantner hired another founder of the band and other musicians to record an album under the name Jefferson Airplane Volunteers. In 1985, Kantner signed an agreement promising not to use the words "Jefferson" or "Airplane" for commercial ventures unless the other shareholders gave him permission.
Opposition groups in the former Yugoslavia. People convicted of "acts that threaten constitutional order"- a phrase often used of opponents of President Slobodan Milosevic - will face jail terms of at least five years under a new anti-terrorism law.