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Panama seizes N. Korea ship and weapons parts

Equipment hidden beneath Cuban sugar

NEW YORK — It started with a tip: A rusty North Korean freighter, which had not plied the Caribbean in years, was carrying drugs or arms amid tens of thousands of sacks of Cuban brown sugar.

It ended with a five-day, eventually violent standoff between Panamanian marines and 35 North Korean crew members, armed largely with sticks, who were subdued and arrested while their captain, saying he was suffering a heart attack, tried to kill himself.

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