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SENATOR IS UNDER SIEGE

Sen. David Durenberger is embroiled in scandal. Already confronting a paternity suit by a woman who claims he raped her in 1963, the veteran Minnesota Republican now faces federal charges of illegally billing taxpayers for stays in a Minneapolis condominium he owned. After the federal charges were filed Friday, even some Minnesota Republicans called on Senator Durenberger to step down. But Durenberger says he won't resign and branded the indictment "completely false" and "the same old stuff." Terrorists in US

The Abu Nidal terrorist organization, among the world's deadliest, may be operating in the United States.

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday accused four Palestinians living in the US of conspiring to kill Jews, blow up the Israeli Embassy in Washington, buy weapons, and smuggle money as part of the Abu Nidal group. The FBI said one of the men fatally stabbed his daughter in 1989, shouting so she wouldn't expose their enterprise. NCAA final

The University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan face off tonight in the national championship of college basketball. To get there, Dean Smith's North Carolina team defeated Kansas on Saturday night, while Michigan's "Fab Five" downed the University of Kentucky in overtime. Perot attacks Clinton

Former presidential candidate Ross Perot is taking on President Clinton. Mr. Perot said Saturday the president should apologize to an Army general who reportedly was treated shabbily by a White House aide. Earlier in the week, Mr. Clinton said the story was "an abject lie" and accused the Texan of "rumor mongering." But the Army general confirmed that the incident occurred. Free Shamu?

For 23 years, Shamu has jumped through hoops, hauled trainers on her back, and performed any number of other tricks for nothing but applause and dead fish at Sea World amusement park. Now, the whale's admirers say, it's time to swim free. In Defense of Animals, a California advocacy group, urged children and their parents Friday to press for release of the killer whale back into the wild. Socialists in turmoil

French Socialists, voted out of power in last month's general elections, have ousted their party leadership in a show of support for presidential hopeful Michel Rocard. Supporters of First Secretary Laurent Fabius, ousted Saturday, booed Mr. Rocard and threatened to splinter the leftist party. Executions in Cambodia

Three UN peacekeepers killed by Khmer Rouge guerrillas were victims of what appeared to be cold-blooded executions, a UN spokesman said Sunday. Meanwhile, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen proposed at a meeting of the all-faction Supreme National Council (SNC) that Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan should be tried for genocide for ordering massacres of Vietnamese civilians. Azerbaijan gains

Azerbaijan confirmed Sunday the loss of its western Kelbajar region to Armenia, a significant turn in the five-year war between the neighboring countries for control over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The capture of the Keljabar region gives Armenia a second, unrestricted corridor into Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave located inside Muslim Azerbaijan but populated mainly by Christian Armenians. More than 3,000 people have died in the battle for control over Nagorno-Karabakh. PLO on talks

The Palestinian leadership has begun a crucial session on whether or not to send negotiators to the next round of Middle East peace talks with Israel, set to open on April 20 in Washington. Meanwhile, Palestinians deported by Israel to south Lebanon urged Arabs on Sunday to reject a phased return as a compromise to restart peace talks.

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