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News In Brief

July 23, 1985



New Delhi

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi will meet Sikh political leader Harchand Singh Longowal today for talks on the situation in strife-torn northern Punjab State. State-run All-India Radio said the meeting was arranged at the prime minister's initiative. The development is seen as a breakthrough in Prime Minister Gandhi's bid to end a three-year crisis in Punjab, where extremists are fighting for a separate Sikh nation.

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Korean legislators to talk of a North-South conference

North and South Korean parliamentarians will meet at the border village of Panmunjom today in the first meeting of its kind since the Korean Peninsula was divided at the end of World War II. The meeting, attended by five members of parliament from each side, will discuss plans for a full-scale parliamentary conference between the two Koreas.

House Democrats offer to resume budget talks

House Democrats said Monday they are ready to resume congressional budget talks if Republicans can stop feuding among themselves long enough to draft a compromise deficit-reduction package to bring to the bargaining table. The talks aimed at writing a compromise version of fiscal 1986 budgets passed by the House and Senate broke down last week after Senate negotiators rejected a House compromise offer as not providing enough major domestic spending cuts and providing too little for the military. m

Islamic Jihad says it set off bombs at Copenhagen sites

Bombs blasted Scandinavia's oldest synagogue and the office of Northwest Orient Airlines in Copenhagen Monday, wounding 27 people in an attack claimed by Islamic Jihad (Islamic Holy War) to avenge an Israeli raid in southern Lebanon Sunday. Islamic Jihad is believed to be a name used by groups of Shiite Muslim fundamentalists. They have carried out a string of suicide bombings and kidnappings in Lebanon in a bid to clear it of Western influence.

3 West Bank settlers get life terms for murders

A Jerusalem court sentenced three members of a Jewish underground group to life imprisonment Monday for murdering Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It sentenced 12 others convicted of anti-Arab attacks -- including a plot to blow up one of Islam's holiest mosques -- to prison terms of 3 to 10 years. The arrest and year-long trial of the men, settlers from the West Bank, fueled deep political tensions. Right-wing nationalists led by Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir pressed for a pardon, while left-wingers said such a move would undermine Israel's judicial system.

4 charged with murder plot in killing of Palau President

Four men, including the son of a state governor, were charged with conspiracy and murder Monday in the June 30 assassination of Haruo I. Remeliik, the first President of the Republic of Palau, officials said. An election for a new president of the US-administered trust territory in the Caroline Islands, 500 miles east of the Philippines, has been tentatively set for Aug. 28.

OPEC defers output debate to discuss call for price cut

OPEC oil ministers put off a debate Monday on whether to cut production and focused on Saudi Arabia's call for lower prices. The decision to delay debate on production came after Iraq, Ecuador, Gabon and Qatar all demanded bigger shares of OPEC sales. Those requests ran head-on into an Iranian proposal for cutting each member's output by 7 percent. By delaying debate, the ministers were acknowledging that the most pressing question was whether to reduce prices.

Spanish ambassador to Zimbabwe slain