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November 12, 1987


Boris Yeltsin, a Soviet official who said the pace of reform was not going fast enough, was removed from his post yesterday. Mr. Yeltsin, the reform-minded leader of the Moscow city Communist Party, was removed at a party meeting for ``major shortcomings'' in his leadership of the capital's party organization, a state television program said.

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Yeltsin's replacement was named as Lev Zaikov, who is a full member of the ruling Politburo and the party Central Committee secretary responsible for defense industries.

Briefcase bomb explodes at Beirut airport terminal

A briefcase packed with explosives went off at the Beirut airport passenger terminal today, killing six people and wounding 73 others, police said. Police said most of the casualties were Lebanese and other Arabs who crowded the terminal after a five-day shutdown because of a nationwide strike that ended Tuesday. Among those killed was the woman carrying the briefcase. No motive for the bombing was given.

Bangladesh police arrest two opposition leaders

Bangladesh police yesterday dragged opposition leader Khaleda Zia out of her hotel in Dhaka and later blocked the car of Sheik Hasina, another opposition head. Both women were placed under house arrest. Mrs. Zia and Mrs. Hasina organized the general strikes and street rallies against President Hussain Muhammad Ershad that started Tuesday and continued yesterday.

In other action, a gang of youths looted and set fire to a US cultural center in the capital. The one-story red, white, and blue building was empty at the time of the attack.

British find and defuse another, larger IRA bomb

Following the bombing during the Enniskillen war memorial service, British Army experts have defused a much larger IRA bomb that failed to go off during another memorial service a few miles away. An unidentified senior member of the IRA's army council has conceded that the Enniskillen bomb had dealt a severe blow to credibility of the guerrilla group, fighting to push the British out of Northern Ireland.

Sri Lanka rocked by wave of protests, violence

A wave of student protests and rebel violence rocked Sri Lanka yesterday, and police reported at least 27 people killed in renewed clashes. The bloodshed took the death toll so far this week to 95. Police said they have arrested 64 members of a banned Marxist group and killed six others.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Gamani Jayasuriya said he was resigning in protest against planned legislation granting the Tamil minority limited autonomy in the north and west.

Pretoria reports clash with Soviets in Angola

South African troops fought Soviet and Cuban forces in southern Angola while assisting antigovernment Angolan rebels, the South African military said yesterday. Defense Force Chief Jannie Geldenhuys said that in fighting that took place in early October, Soviet and Cuban forces, who back the Angolan government, joined in a battle against UNITA rebels.

Mr. Geldenhuys says South Africa, which backs the rebels, entered the battle as well, but his statement gave no additional details.

Philippine paper says coup chief plans new plot

General Gregorio Honasan, the leader of a coup attempt against President Aquino, has urged soldiers to join him in another coup bid that businessmen are financing secretly, a Philippine newspaper said yesterday. Also yesterday, Mrs. Aquino ordered a probe into an ambush Tuesday night that wounded a left-wing university president whom police had accused of aiding communist rebels.