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French President Jacques Chirac, on a state visit to Jerusalem, protested to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that security officers would not allow him to greet Palestinian passersby on a walking tour of the city. Chirac angered Israel with a proposal that the EU become a cosponsor of the Middle East peace process.Skip to next paragraph
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The worsening situation in eastern Zaire could soon become a "humanitarian disaster," the UN's refugee agency warned. Intensified fighting between Zairean troops and ethnic Tutsi rebels drove an estimated 220,000 Hutu refugees from camps near the town of Uvira, and all supply roads to the area were cut. The UN evacuated 48 aid workers trapped by the fighting and said they would not return until security improved.
Murdering anti-apartheid activists in the 1980s "was considered essential," a former South African security official told the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Brig. Gen. Jack Cronje testified that groups such as the African National Congress were waging the equivalent of guerrilla war against the all-white government. and that arresting and detaining their members "was not enough." Cronje and four other former security officials have asked for amnesty for their involvement in 40 such murders.
Swiss citizens who lost property in the communist takeover of Poland after World War II were compensated from the unclaimed assets of Jewish Holocaust victims, the Swiss government admitted. The assets were deposited in Swiss banks. Switzerland also had compensation accords with other communist regimes in Eastern Europe, and the Foreign Ministry said it was checking whether Jewish assets were diverted in those cases. Jewish groups are demanding that Swiss banks pay them millions of dollars in restitution.
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega refused to accept the results of Nicaragua's presidential election and demanded a recount of the votes. Elections officials said they were willing to comply once the official count was complete. Ortega trailed former Managua mayor Arnoldo leman by 48.5 percent to 38.9 percent, with more than half the votes counted. But he suggested that telegrams conveying local results to the national election headquarters had been altered.
Employers in Saudi Arabia must hire hundreds of thousands more of the country's citizens by the year 2000, King Fahd announced. Fahd told his cabinet that private-sector companies must increase the number of Saudis on their payrolls by 5 percent a year or face sanctions. About 5 million foreign nationals now work in the oil-rich kingdom - almost 320,000 of whom are to be replaced by Saudi citizens.
"There are no conquerors or conquered. Only the people have won."
- Arnoldo leman, claiming victory over Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's presidential election.
Shunned by galleries, a publicity-hungry artist hung one of his own paintings in Madrid's famous Prado museum. Victor Ruiz Roizo used superglue to stick his canvas to the wall of a gallery of 17th-century art. It hung for four days amid Rembrandts and other masters, until a visitor pointed it out to a security guard.
Georgia Gov. Zell Miller wants 60,000 pre-kindergartners to "think they can." Using state lottery money, he had a copy of "The Little Engine That Could" mailed to each of the children. Each copy contains a message from Miller, whose mother read the story to him when he was a child.
Meghan Heaney-Grier can really hold her breath. The fashion model broke the US women's free-diving record - plunging 155 feet on a single breath off the Florida Keys. She also set her record in style - wearing a bright pink wet suit.
In the market for a castle, cheap? Germany's Brandenburg state has a new catalog of castles available to buyers willing to restore its crumbling landmarks. Bids as low as one mark (65 cents) will be considered.
THE DAY'S LIST
Legalized Gambling Issues on the Ballot
Voters in at least eight states will be asked to decide referenda on some form of legal gambling Nov. 5:
Arizona has a proposal to allow expanded gambling compacts with native American tribes.
Arkansas voters face proposals on casinos, a state lottery, and charitable bingo.
Colorado's proposal is for a casino in the town of Trinidad.
Louisiana will consider, on a parish basis, whether to shut down legal gambling.
Michigan asks whether Detroit ought to be allowed up to three casinos.
Nebraska will decide whether to legalize off-track betting.
Ohio is asking whether eight cities may have floating casinos.
Washington Indian tribes that operate casinos seek approval to add slot machines.
- Associated Press