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FRANCE, BRITAIN RESOLVE AIR DISPUTE France and Britain yesterday settled a dispute over landing rights at Paris's Orly airport a day before a threatened showdown. They agreed to open air traffic to Orly to British-owned airlines and to London airports for French carriers ``at the latest by the end of June.'' The accord came a day before Britain threatened to test French resistance to a European Union order to open Orly to British-owned airlines. The air dispute was the latest clash within the European Union over efforts to lower trade barriers within the 12-nation trading bloc and spur competition that already has caused heavy losses at state-owned Air France and other carriers. Refugees slain in Yemen

Yemen's civil war has claimed the lives of 100 to 270 Somali refugees whose camp was caught in the crossfire between northern and southern tank-led brigades, a United Nations official said yesterday. It was the largest single-battle casualty toll and the most civilians killed so far in the war, which broke out on the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula May 5. The report of the carnage came as northern forces claimed they were advancing on a key southern stronghold near the southern capital, Aden. Khmer Rouge attacks town

Khmer Rouge guerrillas attacked a strategic town in northwest Cambodia yesterday in an apparent bid to isolate a provincial capital, a Western aid group reported. The guerrillas have advanced westward since retaking their headquarters at Pailin in Battambang Province on April 19. Libya-South Africa ties

Libya announced agreement with the new South African government Saturday to establish full diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors. In a dispatch from Pretoria, the official Libyan news agency JANA said Foreign Minister Omar al-Muntasser and South Africa's Foreign Minister Alfred Nzo reached agreement. Rights session on Rwanda

The UN Human Rights Commission has voted to hold an emergency meeting on atrocities in Rwanda as early as next week, a UN spokeswoman confirmed Saturday. The emergency session would be only the third in the commission's 48-year history.

US to sell jets to Israel

The United States has agreed to sell Israel 21 advanced F-15I jet fighters, a spokesman for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said yesterday. The announcement came amid discussion of an Israeli withdrawal from the strategic Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria. Israel has said that it wants the US to provide weapons and intelligence equipment to offset the risks it would face if it withdraws from the Golan Heights.

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