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HANNAH BEECHCONVICTED. LOUISE SULLIVAN,27, Australian-born nanny, of manslaughter in last year's shaking death of infant Caroline Jongen; at London's Old Bailey court. Despite sympathetic coverage of English au pair Louise Woodward when she was convicted in 1997 in the death of American toddler Matthew Eappen, British tabloids have attacked Sullivan, labeling her the killer nanny and publicizing her low IQ.CHARGED. DIMITRA LIANI,45, scandal-kissed former first lady of Greece, with evading $270,000 in taxes on her opulent Pink Villa mansion; by an Athens prosecutor. The former flight attendant, whose topless photos were a media mainstay, strode onto the Greek political scene 11 years ago as the late Premier Andreas Papandreou's mistress. Although corruption scandals and dumping wife Margaret for Liani cost Papandreou and his fellow socialists the 1989 election, he rebounded in the 1993 polls with Liani by his side.ARREST ANNOUNCED.OfSAYED ABU NASIR,27, Bangladeshi suspect in an alleged plot to bomb the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and consulates in Calcutta and Madras; in New Delhi. According to Indian police, Nasir was caught lugging five detonators and a cache of explosives through a New Delhi railway station on Jan. 7. During questioning, Nasir admitted to having met Osama bin Laden--the fugitive Saudi financier linked to the deadly U.S. embassy attacks in Africa last year--at a military training camp in 1995.DIED. SHLOMO BAUM,70, bellicose cofounder of Israel's feared 101 commando unit, which ran brutal reprisal raids into Jordanian-held land in the 1950s; in Jerusalem. Eulogized by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as defining the image of the modern Jewish warrior, Baum reveled in his tough-guy reputation, posing with a shaved head and loaded pistol and defiantly rejecting territorial compromise.SENTENCED. LIN HAI,30, Chinese software entrepreneur, to two years' imprisonment, for committing incitement for subversion by sending 30,000 China-based e-mail addresses to a U.S. pro-democracy publication; by the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate Court. The verdict reflects Beijing's increased concern with the fast flow of information online; in recent months, cybercafes have been strictly monitored, and Web sites are routinely blocked for carrying sensitive information.ARRESTED. COLIN CHAUKE,30, brazen South African fugitive, whose 13-month run from the law made him a symbol of the nation's failure to rein in its spiraling crime rate, for allegedly masterminding a string of armored car robberies; in the northern city of Nelspruit. The former African National Congress guerrilla plagued the police by calling up a radio talk show to proclaim his innocence and attending a birthday party for a top government official while on the run. Opposition parties have accused the ANC of helping Chauke escape justice.RESIGNED. PADDY ASHDOWN,57, congenial leader of Britain's oft-beleaguered Liberal Democrats; in London. After 11 years at the helm, Ashdown leaves the Liberal Democrats on the brink of success, although a much-touted proposed partnership with the ruling Labour Party may disintegrate as top dogs in each political camp nip at each others' heels. Charles Kennedy, a popular pundit-circuit figure, looks set to take up Ashdown's mantle as head of Britain's third-strongest party.Cinemas in the tiny island nation of the Maldives won't be showing THE PRINCE OF EGYPT any time soon. Calling the DreamWorks movie pure biblical propaganda, censors last week banned it for animating Moses (Islam frowns on any depiction of prophets).Other flicks nixed in the sticks:Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg's war epic was deemed too gory for Malaysian theaters, but street vendors are hustling pirated VCD copies.Schindler's List: Nudity in the Holocaust movie irked both Egyptian and Jordanian censors. Lebanon has even banned home viewing.True Lies: Arnold Schwarzenegger bullet-fest with fictional Muslim extremists was axed in Indonesia for sowing disharmony in society.Babe: Porcine classic was initially manacled in Malaysia for offending Islamic prohibition on eating pork, but survived intact after distributor's appeal.--Hannah Beech