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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush named Cameron Hume, a top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations, as ambassador to South Africa on Tuesday.

As deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Hume is the third-ranking U.S. diplomat there. He is a career diplomat, having worked as ambassador in Algeria from 1997 to 2000, a previous stint at the United Nations 1994-1997 and in the embassy at the Vatican from 1991 to 1994.

He also was chief of the political section in Beirut and a political officer in the Office of Southern African Affairs.

The president also nominated Clifford M. Sobel, his chief fund-raiser in New Jersey during the 2000 campaign, as ambassador to the Netherlands.