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REBELS SEIZE RWANDA'S AIRPORT Rebels captured the international airport in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, yesterday and surrounded a heavily defended army camp nearby after a week of heavy fighting. The airport at Kigali the main lifeline for bringing badly needed relief supplies into the city had been closed for three days because of ferocious fighting. The United Nations had been trying without success to get the warring parties to move their troops and guns from around the airport, which it hopes to use as a staging area for bringing 5,500 new peacekeepers into the tiny Central African nation. More than 1,300 civilians also fled in all directions from the nearby Kanombe military camp, which was defended by three government battalions. Missiles hit Aden

A missile attack yesterday on the southern stronghold of Aden reportedly killed three people, while northern Yemen celebrated the fourth anniversary of a union that has been sundered by civil war. Fighting was reported on several fronts, despite a unilateral cease-fire announced Friday by the north. Yesterday's missile strike is the first on Aden, a port city of 350,000 people, since Yemen's southern leadership announced Friday it was seceding, a declaration rejected by the north. Embargo on Haiti

A worldwide trade embargo went into effect at midnight Saturday to punish Haiti's military rulers for not reinstating the country's ousted elected leader, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But even before the deadline passed, time had already run out for many in the Caribbean nation. Business owners shipped out the last of their wares as the countdown wound down Saturday. The new sanctions would place a trade ban on all but food, humanitarian supplies, and medicine. The ban stiffens a fuel and arms embargo that went into effect in October. Chicago rush-hour tie-up

Police snarled rush-hour traffic for hours when they surrounded a bus with sharpshooters, evacuated and frisked passengers, and fired tear gas to ferret out a murder suspect who was actually miles away. Illinois State Police and Chicago police blamed each other Saturday for the bus fiasco that left thousands of Chicago area motorists and about 40 bus passengers fuming. Barry runs for mayor

Marion Barry, former mayor of Washington, D.C., played down a past that included a 1990 conviction for cocaine possession, as he announced he was entering the race for mayor only hours after D.C. Councilman John Ray. The announcements portend a three-way contest for mayor, as incumbent Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly was preparing to declare her candidacy for reelection.

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