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June 25, 1985



Edwards AFB, Calif.

Discovery's international crew of five Americans, a French pilot, and a Saudi Arabian prince swooped out of orbit Monday for a successful dawn landing. Sixty-five minutes before the landing, the crew fired braking rockets 220 miles above the Indian Ocean to drop the shuttle out of orbit and start it on a blazing dive through the atmosphere on a course that descended over the Pacific and across the California coast. During the week-long journey, Discovery's crew launched four satellites and helped test a laser for the ``star wars'' defense program.

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Brock asks NAACP for help with youth jobs and business

Labor Secretary William Brock told delegates of the NAACP Wednesday, ``The country needs your help'' in addressing problems of minority youth unemployment and business opportunities. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding its annual meeting here this week. Secretary Brock, representing an administration largely viewed as hostile to the civil rights organization's goals, acknowledged ``differences'' between the Reagan administration and the NAACP, but insisted that agreement on broad goals of equal opportunity and access should overcome ``tactical'' differences.

The NAACP's Benjamin Hooks told the delegation that the organization was ``unalterably opposed'' to William Bradford Reynolds' confirmation as associate attorney general of the US. He cited what he said was Reynolds' ``blatant hostility to civil rights. . . ''

Bush in Italy for talks on terrorism, `star wars'

US Vice-President George Bush met with Italian government leaders Monday for talks expected to focus on international terrorism, US barriers to pasta imports, and European participation in the ``star wars'' space defense program. Mr. Bush, who arrived in Rome Sunday in the first stop of a seven-country European tour, talked with Premier Bettino Craxi, Foreign Minister Giulio Andreotti, and current President Sandro Pertini. Monday morning, the vice-president had a private meeting with Pope John Paul II.

Leader in Italian Senate elected new president

Christian Democrat Francesco Cossiga, a two-time former premier and current president of the Senate, was elected Monday as Italy's new president. Mr. Cossiga will succeed the popular Sandro Pertini, a Socialist, on July 7 for a seven-year term. Mr. Pertini decided not to stand for a second term. Italy's Communists and parties in the Socialist-led government agreed earlier to back Cossiga, virtually ensuring the Christian Democrat's election to the ceremonial post.

China backs a Korean exit by US and plan to reunify

China called Monday for the withdrawal of all American forces stationed in South Korea and said it supported North Korea's proposal for three-way talks between the two Koreas and the United States. In a message from two official Chinese organizations sent to Pyongyang, China hailed North Korea's proposals for achieving reunification of the two nations, divided at the end of the Korean war in 1953.

Meanwhile, China has relaxed its rigid one-child family planning policy, particularly in the countryside, where opposition has been strongest. A spokesman for the state family planning commission said the policy had served its purpose.

Gandhi sends Indian officials to Gujarat to help still strife

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi rushed a team of officials to the riot-torn Gujarat State after giving the chief minister there an ultimatum to stamp out violence that has killed nearly 200 people. The Press Trust of India news agency said Sunday the team would help local authorities curb street battles between Hindus and Muslims triggered by protests against a government affirmative-action policy reserving jobs and college places for the underprivileged.

Iranian team visiting Syria to spur support for war