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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Efforts to restart cease-fire talks between Nicaragua and the contra rebels failed yesterday, and both sides prepared to leave. The Roman Catholic leader, Miguel Cardinal Obando y Bravo, had been mediating the talks, which broke off yesterday after both sides disagreed adamantly on the issue of face-to-face negotiations. Both sides pledged to respect the truce called for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Sandinistas proposed that a third round of talks be held in January.Skip to next paragraph
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Reagan expected to sign bill to cut S. Africa credit
The Senate gave final legislative approval yesterday to a bill that would eliminate foreign tax credits for US companies operating in South Africa. President Reagan was expected to sign the legislation, which was passed late Monday by the House of Representatives.
The attack on the apartheid policies in South Africa was included in a bill to raise $23 billion in new taxes and cut federal spending so as to pare $76 billion from the US budget deficit in two years.
Zimbabwe political foes unite for one-party state
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and chief opposition leader Joshua Nkomo signed an agreement yesterday to unite their political parties and establish a one-party Marxist-Leninist state. The accord followed more than two years of negotiations initiated by outgoing Zimbabwean President Canaan Banana. Under the agreement, the new party will be called Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), the current name of the ruling party.
Two associates of Meese indicted in Wedtech case
Two associates of Attorney General Edwin Meese III were indicted yesterday in the Wedtech scandal, according to independent counsel James McKay, who said his criminal investigation of Mr. Meese will continue. A Meese friend and his former attorney, E. Robert Wallach, and the attorney general's former financial manager, W. Franklyn Chinn, were indicted in New York on federal charges related to the defense contractor's work for the federal government, Mr. McKay disclosed.
A third man who is an associate of Wallach, R. Kent London, was also indicted, McKay said. McKay disclosed that ``there is insufficient evidence'' that Meese ``knowingly participated in criminal activity.''
For Arizona governor, it's recall or voiding petitions
Gov. Evan Mecham can avoid a recall election only by resigning or persuading a judge to throw out petition signatures, say voting officials who have tallied enough signatures to force the vote. Mecham spokesman Ken Smith said the governor has no intention of resigning. Mr. Mecham has drawn fire for canceling a state holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and is under investigation for failing to report a $350,000 campaign loan.
British court turns down muzzle on `Spycatcher'
The High Court refused Monday to grant the British government injunction preventing newspaper reports about ``Spycatcher,'' the memoirs of former intelligence officer Peter Wright. Judge Richard Scott said he gave ``overwhelming weight'' to arguments in favor of press freedom put forward by three newspapers, the Guardian, the Observer, and the Sunday Times of London. The attorney general, Sir Patrick Mayhew, immediately announced he would appeal the decision.
Four supertankers hit by Iraqi planes in Gulf