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Imelda Marcos, the wife of deposed Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, arrived in New York yesterday to prepare for arraignment on fraud and racketeering charges in New York today. A federal judge in New York on Thursday delayed indefinitely for health reasons the arraignment of Mr. Marcos on racketeering charges, including embezzling more than $100 million from the Philippine treasury to buy New York buildings.Skip to next paragraph
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85 Czechs still held after Prague protest
Czechoslovak police still held yesterday 85 people rounded up in raids three days ago in an effort to block a demonstration for political reform, a leading human-rights campaigner said. The detainees included members of the Charter 77 human rights movement, according to Anna Sabatova, a Charter signatory and member of the Committee for the Defense of the Unjustly Persecuted.
Thursday's raids, in Prague, Brno, and Bratislava, were aimed at preventing the demonstration Friday marking the 70th anniversary of Czechoslovakia's founding as an independent nation.
Latin leaders pledge to work for debt relief
Seven South American presidents pledged Saturday to devise a common strategy to persuade creditors to write off part of their $339 billion foreign debt. The leaders also called for a new dialogue on regional issues with richer, industrialized countries. They said they would seek meetings with US government officials to coordinate efforts to curtail drug trafficking and end wars in Central America.
The leaders of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Uruguay attended the three-day summit, which concluded Saturday.
Arab teenager killed by Israeli troops
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian yesterday, and hospital officials and Arab sources said at least 21 Palestinians were wounded by Army gunfire in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Extra soldiers were deployed throughout the territories, fearing Tuesday's national elections might bring more violence.
Algerian president fires party chief in shuffle
Algerian President Chadli Benjedid on Saturday fired Cherif Messaadia, number two in the ruling National Liberation Front and his effective deputy, the official APS news agency reported. The move followed riots earlier this month which Mr. Chadli ended with the promise of far-reaching political reform.
Mr. Messaadia's post is to be taken by Abdelhamid Mehri, newly appointed ambassador to Morocco with which Algeria restored diplomatic relations last May.
Prince Charles attacks British architecture
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, on Friday launched a new attack on the country's architects, saying postwar developers had built ``Godforsaken cities'' and ruined one of London's best-known views. In a 75-minute television production which he wrote and narrated himself, Charles traveled around Britain and found that ``too many of our modern buildings are huge, blank, and impersonal.''
US plans to ease tensions, trade with North Korea
The Reagan administration is expected to relax some diplomatic and trade restrictions against North Korea early this week as part of a coordinated strategy with South Korea to ease tensions on the peninsula, according to US officials. The officials, who asked not to be identified, said the US trade embargo against North Korea will be relaxed, possibly to remove the ban on the sale of US medical supplies to North Korea.