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July 16, 1985


The Reagan administration filed a friend-of-the-court brief yesterday asking the US Supreme Court to overturn its 1973 ruling legalizing abortion. The brief, filed by the Justice Department in connection with two pending appeals, contends that the court's decision in Roe v. Wade infringes on a legitimate state interest in controlling abortions.

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Oral arguments in the cases are not expected before December.

Shultz tells New Zealand US may review ANZUS ties

US Secretary of State George P. Shultz put New Zealand on notice Monday that America might have to review its obligations under the ANZUS military alliance if New Zealand enacts laws banning nuclear ships from its ports. Because of the dispute, New Zealand did not attend the annual meeting of the alliance, which links it with the United States and Australia.

Mr. Shultz did not discuss possible US countermeasures.

Work begun in Philadelphia to replace MOVE-area units

Ground was broken Monday for construction to replace row houses destroyed during police efforts to evict members of the radical group MOVE. Fifty-three homes were destroyed and eight were heavily damaged in the fire, which started after police dropped a bomb to break up a bunker atop the fortified MOVE headquarters.

Officials have said 11 MOVE members died in the blaze -- seven adults and four children.

3 new industry ministers named in Soviet shake-up

The Soviet government named three new industry ministers Monday, apparently the latest move to improve industrial efficiency. Tass news agency reported the government installed Sergei Voyenushkin as minister of construction materials, Arkady Shchepetilnikov as minister of industrial construction, and Vladimir Klyuyev as light industry minister.

Resignation over soccer riot shakes Belgium's Cabinet

Deputy Premier Jean Gol resigned Monday to protest Interior Minister Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb's refusal to step down after the Brussels soccer stadium riot in which 38 people were killed. The surprise move put in question the future of Prime Minister Wilfried Martens's four-party coalition government, raising the possibility that other member's of Mr. Gol's Conservative Party could leave their Cabinet positions in sympathy with him.

Viets want Kampuchea talks but not on ASEAN's terms

Vietnam said Monday it wanted early talks on the Kampuchean conflict, but not on the terms proposed last week by the Association of Southeast East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Vietnamese Communist Party newspaper Nhan Dan said the statement issued by ASEAN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week calling on Hanoi to withdraw its troops from Cambodia failed to guarantee the elimination of the Khmer Rouge as a political and military force.

The statement also failed to condemn Thailand, which it accused of providing sanctuaries for Cambodian guerrillas, Nhan Dan said.

Sudan drafts charter giving military the legislative reins

Sudan's caretaker government has drafted a provisional constitution which gives the military leaders ultimate legislative power, Egypt's Middle East News Agency said Monday. The new constitution would make the government's powers subject to endorsement by the military junta of Gen. Abdel-Rahman Swaraddahab. The general led the April 6 coup. Over the weekend, Sudan's Prime Minister Gazouli Dafallah told the Saudi Gazette he doubts the ruling military council will turn over power to an elected civilian government as promised.

Gunmen in Lima, Peru, fire at American Embassy

Gunmen firing submachine guns from a car attacked the US Embassy, causing damage to the building's windows but no injuries, a US Embassy spokesman said Monday. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but left-wing guerrillas have attacked both the US Embassy and the US ambassador's home three times since 1982.