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Higgins Named Geneva Bureau Chief

September 3, 1991

NEW YORK (AP) _ Alexander Higgins, supervising editor of the international desk of The Associated Press in Washington, has been named chief of bureau for the news cooperative in Geneva.

Higgins, 47, replaces Hanns Neuerbourg, who is retiring after 43 years with the AP.

Neuerbourg, 70, has headed the Geneva operation since 1968. He joined the AP in Frankfurt in 1948. He served as chief of bureau in Cairo for a year immediately before his move to Switzerland. He is a native of Luedenscheid, Germany.

Higgins joined the AP in Boston in 1972 and transferred to the World Services news operation in New York in 1974. He was promoted to the foreign service as a newsman in Bonn, West Germany, in 1976, becoming news editor there in 1977.

In 1979, he was named chief of bureau in Tehran, Iran, and in 1981 chief of bureau in Cairo. He transferred to the World Services operation in Washington in 1982. Higgins is a native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and a graduate of the West Virginia Institute of Technology.

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