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HAITIANS SKEPTICAL ON NEW SANCTIONS As the international community's fourth embargo on Haiti in three years went into force Sunday, many residents expressed skepticism over what they saw as another futile attempt to drive the nation's military leaders from power. The United Nations radically widened its trade ban on this Caribbean nation in a bid to oust the military, in power since a September 1991 coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The sanctions cover all goods except food and medicine. They broaden the existing seven-month oil and arms embargo, imposed after the military and its civilian allies blocked Mr. Aristide's return, scheduled for Oct. 30 last year. The poor who voted Aristide into office have been the hardest hit by the sanctions. The price of staples such as rice and beans has more than doubled in the last six months, while transport costs have also risen sharply. US, Japan trade talks

US and Japanese negotiators yesterday began their fourth meeting in five days aimed at breaking a three-month stalemate on an agreement to open Japan's markets. These sessions opened Thursday, following an agreement between the two sides for preliminary contacts to revive the so-called framework talks, which collapsed in February.An employee-owned airline

United Airlines' parent company and two of its unions have agreed to modify a $4.9 billion proposal to form the nation's largest employee-owned company. The new agreement, disclosed in a company statement Sunday, would give workers a larger stake in the airline, make it easier for their ownership stake to be boosted later on, and could increase the amount of cash paid to existing shareholders. A shareholder vote is set for June 16. Religion and jurors

The Supreme Court, which last month barred lawyers from keeping people off juries because of their sex, yesterday left intact a Minnesota ruling that condoned a potential juror's exclusion based on his religion. The justices, over two dissenting votes, refused to review a prosecutor's use of a peremptory, or automatic, challenge to exclude a man from jury service because he is a Jehovah's Witness. Tanker spills some oil

Cleanup crews say they have contained most of the 200 barrels of crude oil that leaked from a tanker at the Valdez terminal in Alaska. The spill was mostly contained by booms Sunday. The tanker Eastern Lion was carrying about 830,000 barrels of oil for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. when it sprung a leak Saturday night, company officials said. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the leak. Kennedy eulogies

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was eulogized by family and friends at funeral services in New York City yesterday morning before burial alongside President John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, D.C.

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