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October 25, 1988

Rashaya, Lebanon

Israeli jets launched their second raid on Lebanese targets in four days yesterday, hitting military positions of a pro-Syrian group and wounding one militiaman, security sources and witnesses said. Police said the attack demolished a one-story structure used as a base by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. The attack on Beit Lehia, was nine miles north of Israel's self-designated security zone in south Lebanon, police said.

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Philippine typhoon kills 13 and strands thousands

Typhoon Ruby roared across the Philippines yesterday with rain and winds topping 100 m.p.h., causing mud slides that left thousands homeless. Officials said at least 13 people died. The government warned of more flooding as the storm approached Manila. At 4 p.m., local time, the storm was moving northwest toward densely populated central Luzon Island. States of emergency were declared in some areas of the southern Mindanao Island.

Storm, renamed Miriam, threatens El Salvador

The government declared a state of emergency and evacuated residents from flood-prone coastal areas in the path of a tropical storm that reenergized in the Pacific yesterday after killing 111 people as an Atlantic hurricane. In Nicaragua, the storm killed at least 50 people, and later its 125 m.p.h. winds weakened to tropical storm status. But the storm gained strength over the Pacific, and forecasters gave what had been Joan a new name, Miriam.

Police say US group was to receive hostage photos

Police said yesterday a US organization was the intended recipient of the photographs of American hostages in Lebanon that were found in a Lebanese woman's luggage at Milan's airport. The woman was supposed to deliver the pictures and a handwritten letter bearing hostage Alann Steen's name to an Italian arms trader, Aldo Anghessa, police said. The photographs were of Mr. Steen, American reporter Terry Anderson, and a third man. Italian police refused to elaborate on the identity of either organization.

Study says B-1 bomber has maintenance trouble

The Air Force's B-1 bombers are grounded with maintenance problems far more than the aging planes they are supposed to replace, a congressional study says. The General Accounting Office study said the time that B-1s weren't available at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas because of maintenance problems ranged from 47 to 66 percent.

For systems that have been flying longer, such as the FB-111 and the B-52, the Air Force expects that the total of ``not-mission-capable'' rates won't exceed 25 percent of the available hours, according to the study.

South African blast kills two people, injures 42

A car bomb exploded yesterday outside a shopping center in the coal-mining town of Witbank, killing two men and injuring 42 people, police said. It was the worst attack this month in a bombing blitz the government says African National Congress guerrillas have launched to disrupt nationwide local elections tomorrow.

It followed an apparent attempt Saturday to assassinate Law and Order Minister Adriaan Vlok. A suspected guerrilla was arrested with a limpet mine about 150 yards from where Mr. Vlok was opening a police station.

Salvadoran church says leftists killed peasants