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NATO has plans calling for a peacekeeping force of 65,000 to 75,000 soldiers to help implement a peace plan in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Up to 25,000 American soldiers, sailors, and airmen could go. France and Britain already have troops there and would send more. Belgium, Canada, and the Netherlands are likely to join in; so is Russia, but in a limited way. NATO's secretary-general, Manfred Woerner, plans to meet Thursday with US Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who is in Europe consulting allies about the Bosnian war. The alliance would need a formal request from the United Nations to put the plans into action. Kohl rival quits
German opposition leader Bjoern Engholm, Chancellor Helmut Kohl's chief rival, quit all his political posts yesterday after admitting he gave false testimony during an election scandal six years ago. Mr. Engholm resigned the governorship of Schleswig-Holstein state and the leadership of the left-leaning Social Democratic Party.
He also quit as the party's candidate for chancellor against Mr. Kohl, leader of the conservative Christian Democrats, in federal elections in late 1994. This could torpedo the Social Democrats' hopes of unseating Kohl. Andreotti says try me
Former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti said yesterday he was in favor of lifting his own parliamentary immunity from prosecution on Mafia conspiracy charges. Political sources had predicted Italy's new government would have fallen if parliament had shielded Mr. Andreotti from prosecution in the same way as it protected another former premier, Bettino Craxi, last week. Andreotti said he is convinced the accusations against him are totally false. Vrooooom in China
It would cost nearly 900 years of an average Chinese worker's wages, but a businessman in Beijing is about to become the owner of the first Ferrari in Communist China. A businessman in a Sino-foreign joint venture company in Beijing whose name has not been released to the media will be the owner of a red model 348 TS, a 300-horsepower car capable of 171 miles an hour. Khmer Rouge attacks
Khmer Rouge guerrillas attacked the Cambodian town of Siem Reap yesterday, briefly capturing its airport and forcing tourists to take shelter. The full-scale assault was the most serious to confront the UN since the peacekeepers arrived in March 1992, a senior military official said. It was aimed at a garrison of the government army between Siem Reap airport and the nearby Angkor Wat temple complex. Kennedys on the move?
The Kennedy family may be selling the oceanfront Florida estate where a sexual encounter led to the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, Newsweek reports. In its May 10 issue, the magazine cited an unidentified source who said the $3.6 million property in Palm Beach was going to be offered for sale. It said the office of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts had no comment. Term limits in Yemen
A press report said Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will ask his parliament to impose term limits on the presidency. Mr. Saleh said in an interview that limiting the number of terms Yemen's president could serve would be a priority for the new parliament following Yemen's first multi-party elections in which his General People's Congress won the most seats, the Washington Post reported. More Palestinians return
Rawhi al-Khatib, the former mayor of Jerusalem, and 13 other Palestinian deportees and their families left Amman for the West Bank yesterday, ending years of exile after Israel agreed to allow their return. They are the second group of deportees to be allowed back home since being banished after 1967. Israel hopes the move will help ongoing Arab-Israeli talks.