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Durban, South Africa
A bomb exploded yesterday in a shopping center crowded with Christmas vacationers in a Durban resort suburb, killing at least six whites, including several young children, and injuring at least 27 people, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing in this Indian Ocean resort reserved by law for whites. There were no further details at press time.Skip to next paragraph
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And in Johannesburg yesterday, black activist Winnie Mandela appeared before a magistrate on a charge of defying government restrictions on her actions and movements, and immediately vowed to ignore the order a third time and return to her Soweto home.
The court released Mrs. Mandela after a five-minute hearing and ordered her to appear Jan. 22 at a regional court outside Johannesburg.
West Coast oil tanker spill perils sea birds
Cleanup crews tackled an oil slick stretching 21 miles off the Washington coast near Canada yesterday as volunteers tried to save hundreds of sea birds coated with the oil. The Atlantic Richfield Company tanker ARCO Anchorage ran aground while trying to drop anchor Saturday, rupturing two tanks and spilling an estimated 117,000 gallons of Alaskan crude oil, a Coast Guard official said.
3 gunmen face more charges in French hostage incident
Three gunmen who seized 32 hostages during a robbery trial in a Nantes courthouse last week were charged Monday with attempted murder and threatening to kill the judges and jury. A Justice Ministry spokesman said France had originally intended to expel the original gunman, Moroccan Abdel Karim Khalki, but Moroccan officials have refused to accept him back in the country.
Khalki will be tried in France along with Georges Courtois and Patrick Thiolet. The three released the last of their hostages Friday night, apparently on condition that Khalki would be allowed to leave France.
Israel admits Syrian planes planned no interception
Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin acknowledged Sunday that two Syrian MiG-23s shot down by Israeli jets last month never intended to intercept the Israeli aircraft. In a televised session with military officers, Mr. Rabin said that from different sources Israeli officials now knew that the Syrian planes had no intention of intercepting the Israeli planes over Lebanon.
Reagan signs bill to help farmers over lean period
President Reagan signed into law yesterday a farm bill that is likely to boost federal subsidy spending to record levels while it tries to buffer farmers from the cost of restoring health to US exports. Despite his objections to certain provisions, the President said the legislation was a step closer to the market-oriented industry he has sought.
Sweden offers to set up nuclear-explosion monitors
Sweden offered yesterday to set up a center for monitoring worldwide nuclear blasts as a step toward an atomic-test-ban treaty. The Swedish deputy foreign minister said he welcomed Soviet statements indicating acceptance of inspections on nuclear test sites as part of a test ban and Moscow's response to a five-continent proposal for setting up monitoring stations in various countries.
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