News In Brief
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Guerrillas from the Islamic militant group Hizbullah shelled 19 Israeli Army outposts with heavy weapons in southern Lebanon, sources said. Also, Lebanon's top appeals court acquitted two former guerrillas of involvement in the 1976 slaying of US Ambassador Francis Meloy. The three-man panel ruled that the case was covered by an amnesty for political crimes declared by President Elias Hrawi in 1990. (Opinion, Page 19.)Skip to next paragraph
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China test-fired a fourth missile, and its warplanes bombed targets near Taiwan's southwest coast. The exercises appeared to be within preset limits, the commander of a US aircraft carrier plying the region said. The exercises are meant to intimidate Taiwan before its elections.
Two US Marines appealed their conviction and sentencing in the rape of an Okinawa schoolgirl. The third convict, Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, is reportedly considering following the lead of Pfcs. Rodrico Harp and Kendrick Ledet.
Ruben Figuerosa resigned as governor of Guerrero state in Mexico. Political opponents and human rights groups welcomed the move but demanded he be prosecuted for the 1995 massacre of 17 peasants going to a protest rally. (Story, Page 7.)
Kidnappers released two European women after a 72-day ransom ordeal in Costa Rica's jungle. The kidnappers were mainly ex-guerrillas from Nicaragua, Costa Rican officials said. The women's families reportedly paid $200,000 for their release. Later, Nicola Fleuchaus (left) of Germany took a ride on the Rio San Carlos river with Regula Susanna Siegfried (right) of Switzerland and her husband.
Bosnian Serbs were robbed and intimidated in the Sarajevo suburb of Ilidza, which is now under the control of the Muslim-Croat Federation. Some 2,500 mostly-elderly Bosnian Serbs remained in Ilidza while nearly 20,000 others fled the suburb anticipating repercussions from their wartime rivals.
French Premier Alain Juppe called for the creation of a European army integrated into NATO but able to operate independent of the US. The proposed size is between 250,000 and 350,000 troops. Juppe recommended the idea be considered at the EU's Intergovernmental Conference to be held later this month in Turin, Italy.
A lone gunman opened fire in the gymnasium of a Scottish primary school in Dunblane, killing 16 children and a teacher. The gunman then killed himself. ''This is slaughter of the innocents,'' said Helen Liddell, a Scottish legislator. It was the worst shooting incident involving a lone gunman in Britain's history.
A cross-border gunfight between Kenyan policemen and Ethiopian cattle rustlers reportedly resulted in 38 people being killed. Rustlers frequently launch raids in the semiarid region where nomadic tribes rely on livestock for their livelihood.
Land reform advocate Deolinda Alves de Souza was freed from prison on orders from Brazil's highest appeals court. She still faces charges of organizing mob action. Her arrest Jan. 25 sparked countrywide protests.
The Indonesian Army took over two towns in remote Irian Jaya following riots that killed three people and caused widespread damage to property of US mining company Freeport Inc.
Wolves have returned to the woods and groves of Beijing's hilly suburbs, undeterred by rapidly spreading satellite towns around the Chinese capital, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Researchers in Mexico's Baja California had thought the Cochimi Indian village sites they're excavating are 2,000 years old. But a carbon dating test says they're actually 6,000 years old.
Super Tuesday Results
Here's how the candidates fared in Tuesday's contests. (See also US In Brief, and Delegate Count, Page 18.)
* 98% or 99% of the vote counted. Ohers are 100%.
- Associated Press
'' How old are you? What's your life expectancy?''
- Senate majority leader Bob Dole, when asked by a reporter how long it will take Congress to pass all of this year's spending bills.