RWANDA CEASE-FIRE ACCORD IN DOUBT Rwanda's interim president, Theodore Sindikubwabo, said yesterday that his government would strictly observe a cease-fire agreement with rebels. The representative of the rebel Rwanda Patriotic Front agreed to the cease-fire Tuesday night. But mortar and small-arms fire continued in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, and it was not clear if this meant the cease-fire would not take effect or that combatants had not yet received orders to stop fighting. The accord was reached in Tunis at the Organization of African Unity summit. But the accord was still unsigned yesterday and a UN spokesman was pessimistic. Government supporters in tribal Hutu militias are accused by independent witnesses of committing most of the atrocities in the past nine weeks of carnage. In the latest, 60 boys of the minority Tutsi tribe were reportedly abducted and slain by the Hutu militias in Kigali Tuesday. US freezes group's accountsSkip to next paragraph
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The Clinton administration is getting tough on violators of the Cuba travel embargo. Yesterday, the US Treasury Department froze the bank account of the Freedom to Travel group, which is planning a trip for some 200 US citizens to visit Cuba on June 23. But the group isn't buckling. ``Hundreds of people around the country are helping raise money to replace the confiscated funds, and new people are joining the trip to protest the government action,'' organizer Pam Montanaro says. Europe unites on acid rain
The United States declined to join 26 European nations and Canada that signed pledges Tuesday in Oslo to cut acid rain by reducing their sulfur-dioxide emissions. Britain and Eastern European countries have until the year 2010 to accomplish reductions targeted for them in the UN agreement. Canada, Scandinavia, Ireland, the Netherlands, and others have until the year 2000. The US supported the protocol, but it declined to adhere to a specific reduction. New Zaire prime minister
The political future of this troubled Central African nation took a sharp political turn June 14 with the election of moderate, pro-business Joseph Kengo Wa Dondo as prime minister. Mr. Dondo, a former prime minister under Mobutu Sese Seko from 1989-90, had a falling-out with the Zairian ruler and formed his own party. US Haitian policy
The Clinton administration is about to implement its program of asylum interviews in Jamaica for Haitian migrants, despite concerns it could trigger a flood of boat people.
US officials expressed confidence Tuesday that the facilities being set up in Kingston harbor can accommodate the outflow of Haitians. The centerpiece of the operation is the 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship Comfort. Henry Mancini
From ``Moon River'' to the ``Pink Panther'' theme, the music of Henry Mancini, who died in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, formed the soundtrack of a generation. Mancini earned 14 Academy Award nominations and four Oscars. He was a prolific recording artist, collecting 20 Grammys and six gold albums. He wrote and conducted the music for more than 80 movies and scored numerous TV shows.