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December 1, 2000

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LONDON

Miss India wins MIss World title

Miss India, paying tribute to Mother Teresa as the woman she most admired, was crowned Miss World on Thursday the second consecutive year India has carried off the title.

Priyanka Chopra, 18, was chosen from among 95 contestants who posed in evening gowns on a chilly night at London's Millennium Dome.

In second place was 18-year-old Giorgia Palmas from Italy. Third was 20-year-old Yuksel Ak from Turkey. She won $100,000 in prize money.

Mother Teresa, she said, was someone "I admire from the bottom of my heart for being so considerate, passionate and kind ... giving up her life to put smiles on people's faces."


Brazil

Drug probe accuses police, politicians

A probe into organized crime and drug trafficking released Thursday by the Brazilian Congress implicated nearly 200 public authorities, including at least 10 national and state congressmen and an array of policemen, judges, mayors and city councilmen.

The congressional committee that directed the inquiry recommended that 75 police officials be investigated for crimes ranging from extortion to drug trafficking. Ultimately, the report implicated more police than drug dealers.

The probe uncovered drug-trafficking networks that involved some of the most powerful members of Brazilian society politicians, entrepreneurs, lawyers and police officials and touched 17 of the nation's 26 states.

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