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NEW YORK (AP) _ A federal judge approved a partial settlement between WorldCom and federal regulators Tuesday that calls for an unspecified fine and continued government oversight of the telecommunications company.

The settlement, stemming from civil fraud charges related to the company's $9 billion accounting scandal, includes a permanent injunction barring further violations of security laws, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said.

The settlement also calls for the continuation of a court-appointed monitor for WorldCom, with the possibility of expanding the monitor's role, Rakoff said.

The judge said WorldCom's monetary penalty would be determined later.

WorldCom also agreed to hire an outside consultant to review its internal accounting controls, and provide mandatory accounting and ethics training for accounting employees for at least three years.