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WORLD: Demjanjuk appeals his deportation

Demjanjuk appeals his deportation

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Attorneys for John Demjanjuk want an American court in Cleveland to set aside the ruling that led to his deportation to Germany and his conviction on Nazi war crimes charges.

The request for a new hearing on the retired autoworker's denaturalization could bring the decades-old case back to the United States.

Demjanjuk's attorneys charge that the government failed to disclose important evidence, namely a 1985 secret FBI report uncovered by The Associated Press that indicates the FBI believed a Nazi ID card purportedly showing Demjanjuk served as a death camp guard was a Soviet-made fake.

Syria warns ambassadors not to leave

BEIRUT -- Syria warned the American and French ambassadors Wednesday not to travel outside the capital without permission, two weeks after they angered the regime by visiting a city that has become the center of the country's four-month-old uprising.

If the U.S. and French envoys disobey the order, Syria will ban all diplomats from leaving Damascus, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said during a lecture at Damascus University.

''We did not evict the two ambassadors because we want the relations to develop in the future and in order for their governments to review their stances toward Syria,'' al-Moallem said.

Hurricane gains strength off Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Hurricane Dora grew into a Category 2 storm in the Pacific off the Mexican coast Wednesday, with top sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the hurricane's eye was centered about 220 miles south-southwest of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and moving west-northwest at 16 mph.

The fourth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season was forecast to stay offshore as it moves parallel to the shoreline for several days. Dora was expected to continue gathering strength for at least another day.

Mexican authorities issued a tropical storm watch from Lazaro Cardenas to Cabo Corrientes, meaning tropical storm conditions were possible within 36 hours.

The hurricane brought rains to much of Mexico's southern coast.