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November 26, 1986


Communist rebels in the Philippines resumed peace talks yesterday and the government said substantial progress was made but no agreement was concluded. Officials on both sides, however, said an announcement of a cease-fire was imminent, possibly coming today. Yesterday's meeting was the first between the two sides since the rebels suspended the talks two weeks ago after the assassination of leftist labor leader Rolando Olalia.

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UN plans redeployment of forces in Lebanon

The United Nations is planning a ``substantial redeployment'' of the peacekeeping force in South Lebanon, according to UN officials. This redeployment includes the redrawing of battalion boundaries and a reduction of the French contingent to 520 men. At its height, the French UNIFIL contingent consisted of 1,400 men. The reduction comes at the suggestion of the UN, after a spate of guerrilla attacks against the French troops during the summer. The purpose of the redeployment is to make more economical use of forces and to close positions that have made troops vulnerable, a UN official said. The UN command does not expect the redeployment to diminish the effectiveness of the peacekeeping force.

General Rogers planning to leave NATO next year

US Army Gen. Bernard Rogers plans to retire as NATO military commander next year and may be replaced by the chief of the US Southern Command in Panama, Army Gen. John Galvin, Pentagon officials said yesterday. General Rogers has been the supreme allied commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Europe since 1979.

Canada to raise prices on lumber to satisfy US

Canada will raise the price of its lumber by 15 percent in an effort to end a month-old US tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, Canadian Finance Minister Michael Wilson said Monday. A softwood price increase at the border would hurt Canadian lumber producers, whose softwood exports to the United States are worth about $2.8 billion annually. Nevertheless, Mr. Wilson says he hopes producers will suggest ways to achieve such an increase.

The US tariff, which Wilson called an ``irritation,'' was imposed after the US Commerce Department upheld complaints from domestic lumber producers that Canada's method of assigning timber rights amounts to an unfair subsidy.

Inflation up just 0.2% last month, US says

Inflation remained in check during October as consumer prices rose a slight 0.2 percent, the government reported Tuesday. The rise in prices followed a 0.3 percent gain in September, the Labor Department said. The October increase was in line with analysts' expectations and means the inflation rate for the past 12 months was an exceptionally moderate 1.5 percent.

But the Commerce Department provided a further sign that the economy remains sluggish, saying that new orders to US manufacturers for durable goods were down by 6 percent in October, to $102.2 billion.

Beirut hostage described as having been a CIA man

William Buckley, one of the Americans kidnapped in Lebanon, was the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Beirut operations at the time of his 1984 capture, the Washington Post said yesterday. The CIA tried for a year to find Mr. Buckley, and his reported death after torture led President Reagan in 1985 to order intensified efforts to find and free the American hostages, the newspaper reported.