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The UN condemned Bosnian Serbs for the deaths of 10 people in a shelling attack on a western suburb of Sarajevo Sunday. The UN said it would take measures, possibly military action, to punish the Serbs. Firefights and artillery duels continued along Sarajevo's front lines after the attack. Prime Minister Silajdzic summoned ambassadors in Sarajevo and urged their governments to stop the siege or lift the arms embargo on Bosnia. (UN peacekeeping, Page 3.)Skip to next paragraph
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As US President Clinton left for Moscow yesterday, GOP leaders threatened ''catastrophic consequences'' for US aid to Russia if President Yeltsin sells nuclear goods to Iran. The warning added political tension to a summit already marked by disputes over the nuclear deal, Chechnya, and NATO. In Grozny, a top rebel leader said Yeltsin can't hide the war in Chechnya from world leaders visiting Moscow to celebrate victory in World War II.
Filipinos voted for a new Congress and thousands of regional officials yesterday in a test of President Ramos's popularity. Eighteen people were killed and 35 injured in violence before the polls opened. Office-seekers include the widow and son of the late President Marcos. Complete results could take weeks because of poor communications and a laborious counting system.
French President Mitterrand hosted a group of nearly 80 world leaders at ceremonies marking the end of World War II in Europe. A service was held at the Arc de Triomphe, where Mitterrand relit the flame at France's memorial to the unknown soldier. US Vice President Al Gore and other dignitaries came to Paris after attending a ceremony of reconciliation in London. They continued on to Berlin last night for further commemorations. (Story, Page 7.)
The chief US negotiator in nuclear talks with North Korea arrived in Seoul yesterday for three days of consultations with South Korean and Japanese officials. Robert Gallucci is to resume suspended talks with the North Koreans next week. The US military, meanwhile, is shipping in tanks and other weaponry to modernize its 37,000-strong troop contingent in South Korea.
Meeting with Egyptian President Mubarak yesterday in Cairo, Israeli Foreign Minister Peres offered to allow a Palestinian fact-finding mission in Jerusalem. Peres was trying to defuse a dispute over Israel's confiscation of land in Jerusalem's Arab sector. The Arab League earlier demanded that the UN Security Council take up the issue.
Japan said it was willing to resume talks with the US over trade in cars and car parts if the US stopped pressing the issue of voluntary Japanese purchases of foreign auto parts. Japan repeated its vow to take the dispute to the World Trade Organization if the US follows through on its threat to impose sanctions on Tokyo. (Story, Page 6.)
More than 100 nations said they will back indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at a UN conference this week. The US, major Western allies, and Russia argued that indefinite extension is the best way to prevent more states from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Former Congressman Mike Synar, who was known as a political maverick when he represented Oklahoma, was honored by the Kennedy family yesterday with the 1995 Profile in Courage Award. Given annually since 1989, the award recognizes politicians who take unpopular stands.
The Chinese city of Shanghai is sinking. The reasons: excessive use of underground water and the city's huge infrastructure construction. Shanghai is the world's largest construction site: More than 9,000 projects are under way there.
Top 10 Albums
1. '' 'Friday,' Soundtrack,'' (Priority)
2. ''Throwing Copper,'' Live (Radioactive) (Platinum)
3. ''Cracked Rear View,'' Hootie & the Blowfish (Atlantic) (Platinum)
4. ''Me Against the World,'' 2Pac (Interscope) (Platinum)
5. '' 'The Lion King' Soundtrack,'' (Disney) (Platinum)
6. ''II,'' Boyz II Men, (Motown) (Platinum)
7. ''Hell Freezes Over,'' The Eagles (Geffen) (Platinum)
8. ''John Michael Montgomery,'' John Michael Montgomery (Atlantic)
9. ''Astro Creep: 2,000 Songs of Love, Destruction,'' White Zombie (Geffen)
10. ''Crazysexycool,'' TLC (LaFace) (Platinum)
(Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold)
''We did not win the cold war to walk away and blow the peace on foolish, penny-wise, pound-foolish budgeting.''
President Clinton on Republican threats to cut foreign aid for Russia