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UN RELIEF EFFORTS RESUME IN BOSNIA Fighting between Muslims, Croats, and Serbs flared across a belt of central Bosnia Sunday, but UN military sources dismissed a Muslim commander's threat to use chemical weapons.

Artillery and infantry battles for disputed towns deepened the pessimism of UN peacekeepers that the latest cease-fire can take root. Still, the UN judged it was safe to reopen Sarajevo airport to relief flights after a six-day closure, and the first UN aid convoy for a month set out for the besieged Muslim enclave of Gorazde.

The commander of Bosnian government forces in the northern Muslim haven of Tuzla warned Saturday that he would use toxic chlorine manufactured in the town to attack Serbs if the onslaught against Gorazde did not stop. UN military sources said the threat was not being taken seriously because Muslims did not have the capability to deliver chemical weapons. US to raise land use fees

The Interior Department plans to propose higher fees for grazing on federal lands by the end of next month, Secretary Bruce Babbitt said Saturday.

Ranchers now graze cattle and sheep on public land for far less than it costs to graze on private range land. But Western congressional leaders oppose higher fees.

Clinton also is committed to reforms to ensure that mining companies pay royalties when they take minerals from federal land, Mr. Babbitt said. The administration plans changes to protect public lands from erosion and damage caused by grazing and mining. Rebel gains in Azerbaijan

Azeri rebel leader Suret Guseinov went to the aid of government troops near Nagorno-Karabakh yesterday, raising the possibility of his taking power, officials said.

Since launching his rebellion two weeks ago, Mr. Guseinov has seized about half of Azerbaijan's land, forced a government resignation, and caused President Abulfaz Elcinbey to flee the capital, leaving power in the hands of parliament speaker Geidar Aliyev.

Mr. Aliyev has been negotiating with Mr. Elcinbey, who on Saturday defiantly declared he is still in charge of the country, and Guseinov. The rebel commander has stuck by his threat to storm Baku unless Elcinbey formally resigns. Egyptian bombing

Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood, attacked by the government in the past for failing to condemn violence by Muslim militants, denounced yesterday the latest bomb attack in Cairo.

The bomb killed seven and injured 15 on Friday in a cafe and outside a mosque in the northern suburb of Shubra.

"The Muslim Brotherhood has vowed and vow to God to work hard for the benefit of this country, its security, safety, unity and stability ... and denounces this ugly crime that took place...," the group said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Egyptian security forces dismantled a time bomb containing 11 pounds of explosives and nails outside a bazaar shop in the southern tourist resort of Aswan, security sources said Sunday. The owner of the shop found the bomb Saturday night and alerted police. The device was similar to four others exploded in Cairo since February, including Friday's attack. Cambodians reach agreement

Cambodia's former battlefield rivals will jointly control the powerful army and police force under a power-sharing deal agreed upon last Friday, a senior government official said yesterday.

The official said the formerly communist government party and the royalist FUNCINPEC opposition, which won last month's UN-organized election, would share the key defense and interior ministries.

Incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen and FUNCINPEC leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh agreed Friday to serve as co-chairmen of an interim government that will rule for up to three months while the newly elected National Assembly writes a constitution.

Hun Sen and Prince Ranariddh, the son of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, also agreed that the neutral head of state would be commander in chief of the armed forces in the transition period.

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