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Criticism of the US House vote to lift Bosnia's arms embargo resounded throughout Europe yesterday. Germany's Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said the decision significantly boosts the danger of having to withdraw UN peacekeepers from the region. Moscow also expressed concern. Meanwhile, thousands of Croatian soldiers were massing at Sunja, 50 miles southeast of Zagreb, for what appears to be a fierce, multi-pronged attack. (Story, Page 1.)Skip to next paragraph
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Hezbollah-Palestine,a small group of Palestinian Muslim fundamentalists, has claimed responsibility for last week's bus bomb attack near Tel Aviv in which six Israeli's were killed. A spokesman told a Lebanese newspaper the name of the individual who carried out the suicide attack. The group, which is opposed to the Middle East peace process, is led by a Sunni cleric living in Syria. Meanwhile, Israeli fighter planes rocketed Palestinian guerrilla bases in Syrian-controlled eastern Lebanon yesterday. The Islamic resistance movement Hamas said Wednesday it hoped Washington would not force it to start harming US citizens. Hamas opposes US extradition to Israel of a Hamas official arrested for terrorism.
Two Russian officers were exchanged for three Chechen fighters as part of a military peace pact reached Sunday. More exchanges are expected over the next week. President Yeltsin is considering disbanding his commission on human rights, which is headed by a vocal opponent of Russia's war in Chechnya.
France was blasted at an ASEAN meeting Wednesday for its plans to resume nuclear testing in the Pacific, but Japan said it would not boycott French products. Meanwhile, the Australian Defense Department encouraged state governments to spurn French businesses. The state of Victoria said Wednesday that French companies are not welcome to bid for a slice of its electricity privatization program, worth up to $9.6 billion.
A congressional panel in Colombia said Tuesday it will investigate charges that President Samper accepted millions of dollars of drug money to finance his election campaign. The prosecutor general also asked the Supreme Court to investigate Defense Minister Botero, who was Samper's campaign chief.
A special Italian tribunal has dropped a corruption case against former Premier De Mita. The Christian Democrat, in power in 1988-89, was accused of extorting millions in earthquake aid in the Naples area.
Indonesia's parliament plans to investigate the alleged existence of a billion-dollar war fund raised in the 1960s. It hopes former foreign minister Subandrio, a political prisoner being released this month, can shed light on the matter.
Japanese prime minister Murayama hinted yesterday that he would postpone a major Cabinet reshuffle that had been widely predicted after last month's election setback. Japanese newspapers say the move will be delayed until the Liberal Democratic Party holds a presidential election in late September. And volunteer groups sent letters to Asian nations apologizing for Japan's World War II brutality.
Attention tomato afficionados! Supermarkets may replace the ''cardboard'' variety with a new, more tasty version in a few years. Called the Endless Summer, it is genetically engineered to ripen on the vine without softening and spoiling. Because it can stay on the vine longer, this high-tech version develops more of the sugars and acids that make home-grown tomatoes taste so good. It will also have a four-week shelf life, twice that of today's tomatoes.
A curious-looking machine that has been confusing air travelers flying into Glasgow, Scotland, for months was unveiled yesterday on the River Clyde. It's the first commercial power station driven by sea waves. Electricity will be produced by harnessing ocean swells. The Osprey is to be towed north to the site of a nuclear research facility, where it will be tested.
Top-Grossing Films, July 28-30
1. ''Waterworld,'' $21.6 million
2. ''The Net,'' $10 million
3. ''Apollo 13,'' $8.8 million
4. ''Clueless,'' $7 million
5. ''Nine Months,'' $6.6 million
6. ''Operation Dumbo Drop,'' $6.3 million
7. ''Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,'' $4.8 million
8. ''Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home,'' $4.7 million
9. ''Pocahontas,'' $3.8 million
10. ''Species,'' $3.5 million
- Associated Press
'' I am accountable.''
- Attorney General Janet Reno in congressional testimony on the raid at Waco, Texas