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House Democrats Tuesday introduced a modified form of President Bush's economic recovery plan in a bill. It included tax cuts, but not ways to pay for them. Republicans cried foul, saying it was a cynical move designed to delay any real solutions to recession.... A white police officer was cleared Tuesday of reckless manslaughter charges stemming from the shooting of a black teenager that sparked rioting in Teaneck, N.J., in April.... Aeroflot Airlines plans to start Moscow-to-San Francisco service throu gh Anchorage this May.... Microsoft Corporation said Tuesday rival computer giant Apple Computer is seeking over $4 billion in damages for alleged infringement of Apple copyrights in Microsoft's Windows graphics program.... Libya reportedly has asked the UN to establish "mechanisms" for dealing with US and British demands to hand over two agents accused of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland.

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

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The UN Tuesday proposed sending to Cambodia 15,900 troops and about 1,500 civilians in the largest peacekeeping operation in decades.... Japan's public prosecutors are set to raid the offices of a large trucking company at the core of another major scandal, sources in Tokyo said yesterday.... Vietnam yesterday took back 36 boat people deported from Hong Kong and expressed sorrow at the deaths of 23 inmates killed in a camp riot in the British colony last week.

ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE

The Mexican government Tuesday took another step toward cleaning up Mexico City, one of the world's most polluted cities, by ordering tens of thousands of vehicles to convert to clean-burning fuels. Emissions from cars, trucks, and buses account for nearly 80 percent of the more than 4,300 tons of pollutants dumped on Mexico City every year.... The US will speed up the ban on the production of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the wake of new evidence that they are destroying Earth's protective ozone layer m ore rapidly then formerly believed.... About two-thirds of the US's ozone-destroying CFCs are released by the military, according to a report issued by the Boston-based National Toxics Campaign Fund.

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

World commodity prices are likely to stay badly depressed in the 1990s unless international action is taken to boost them, said Carlos Fortin, deputy to the secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The organization, which is holding its eighth conference in Cartagena, Colombia, is also studying the use of market mechanisms to limit risk for commodity producers.... Argentina's President Carlos Menem, speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, said the European Commu nity must cut its huge agricultural subsidies or face the risk of a global trade war. Argentina is one of the world's leading farm exporters.

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