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Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald paid a surprise visit to Northern Ireland Tuesday to inaugurate a new air link with Dublin. The visit, which was not announced in advance, was Mr. Fitzgerald's first to the British-ruled province on official business in more than two years.Skip to next paragraph
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Head of Latin America office leaving US State Department
Langhorne Motley, head of the State Department's Latin America bureau, resigned Tuesday after two years in that post, Secretary of State George Shultz announced. Mr. Shultz said Elliott Abrams, who has served for the past 31/2 years as chief of the State Department's human rights bureau, is being nominated to replace Mr. Motley, who is returning to private life.
US says leading indicators dropped 0.2% in March
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators, the government's economic barometer, fell 0.2 percent in March and earlier reports of increases in the two previous months were revised downward, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The small but unexpected dip, which pushed the index below its level of a year earlier, came as the latest sign of a slowdown in US economic expansion. In another report, the government said the nation's trade deficit was $11 billion last month, against $11.4 billion in February.
Indian ex-premier gives data in libel suit against US writer
Former Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai is answering questions this week for a deposition in his $100 million libel suit against Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh. The suit contends Mr. Hersh libeled the former prime minister in his 1983 book, ``The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House,'' when he said Mr. Desai was a paid informant of the CIA.
Hungarian opposition gives state party a spirited test
The one-party state is going through its liveliest election campaign since the communist takeover in 1949, under a new law that gives the opposition a chance to speak up. Dissidents have confronted party leaders at public meetings, and one nearly got on the ballot. Leading dissidents, who call themselves the ``democratic opposition,'' sought places on the ballot for parliamentary elections June 8.
OSHA chief faces US review on possible conflict of interest
The director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) faces a federal review to determine whether his investments in the chemical, petroleum, and pharmaceutical industries constitute a conflict of interest. The Office of Government Ethics was to launch a formal review Tuesday into the activities of Robert A. Rowland, who has ruled in four OSHA regulatory matters affecting companies in which he owns at least $300,000 in stock.
Last September, then-Labor Secretary Raymond J. Donovan granted Mr. Rowland a waiver from the conflict-of-interest law to allow the OSHA director to take part in broad policymaking that might involve the companies in which he holds a financial interest. The waiver did not, however, apply to matters pertaining to specific companies.
Brock is sworn in as labor secretary
William Brock was sworn into office Monday as secretary of labor at a private White House ceremony. President Reagan's nomination of Mr. Brock to replace Raymond J. Donovan, who resigned, was confirmed by the Senate Friday on a unanimous voice vote. Brock, who pledged to improve his department's relations with organized labor, appointed a former United Automobile Workers union attorney, Steve Schlossberg, to the post of deputy undersecretary of labor for management relations and cooperative programs.
Bombs explode at companies that fired S. African miners