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News In Brief

By CompiledRobert Kilborn and Lance Carden / September 15, 1998



The US

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President Clinton was to call for a meeting of key world finance ministers and central bankers to discuss the worldwide financial crisis, a White House official said. The proposals were expected to come during a speech in New York to the Council on Foreign Relations. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair, current chairman of the Group of Seven, was quoted as saying a special G7 meeting was possible but would not take place before a finance-ministers meeting in Washington Oct. 3. Meanwhile, Newsweek magazine said Clinton would declare sometime this week US support for further use of International Monetary Fund reserves to firm up markets in Latin America.

The full House is likely to vote on the question of a formal impeachment inquiry in the next few weeks, congressional officials said. Republicans and Democrats said it appeared the full House would vote on the question before the November elections. The Judiciary Committee must first decide whether enough evidence exists to go forward with impeachment proceedings. If a majority decides in the affirmative, the panel of 21 Republicans and 16 Democrats will forward the recommendation to the full House. If a majority agrees, it will authorize a full inquiry by the committee, which could take months.

Voters in eight states and the District of Columbia go to the polls today to set the stage for midterm elections Nov. 3. Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington are choosing candidates for governor, Congress, state legislatures, and lesser offices. North Carolina is selecting House candidates; the District of Columbia is picking candidates to replace outgoing Mayor Marion Barry.

A plan to curb pollution from the largest US livestock farms is to be unveiled Thursday by the Clinton administration, The Washington Post reported. The Post quoted administration officials as saying the plan, drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agriculture Department, calls for tougher oversight of factory-like animal-feeding lots. It would require the largest facilities to obtain permits and develop detailed waste-management plans by 2003, the Post said, quoting from a copied draft of the plan.

The New York Times disconnected its Web page for about nine hours after computer hackers tampered with the site, inserting insults and offensive pictures, the newspaper reported. It said supporters of Kevin Mitnick, a computer hacker imprisoned in Los Angeles since 1995, had posted the material, which ridiculed two Times reporters.

The Coast Guard said it had rescued more than 400 Haitian men, women, and children trying to reach the US in an overloaded wooden freighter. It was the largest single boatload of would-be illegal immigrants picked up this year - and it brought to 696 the number of such Haitians rescued at sea to date in 1998. The latest were picked up 25 miles east of Key Largo, Fla., and were to be repatriated today.

Sammy Sosa caught up with Mark McGwire in baseball's home-run derby and rekindled a remarkable race for one of the most glamorous and prestigious records in sports. Sosa's 61st and 62nd homers of the season came in the fifth and ninth innings of a game his Chicago Cubs won, 11-10, over the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago. McGwire has not hit a home run since blasting his 62nd Sept. 8.

Former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, who died Sunday in Montgomery, was a legendary white supremacist who later embraced racial equality. Wallace gained notoriety as a fiery opponent of racial desegregation during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1968, he won nearly 10 million votes for president on the American Independent Party ticket. Wallace was wounded and partially paralyzed by a would-be assassin in 1972 during his third run for the presidency.

The World

Senior Western diplomats and financial leaders meeting in London on the Russian crisis were likely to be troubled by a policy shift announced by new Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, analysts said. Chairing his first Cabinet meeting, Primakov confirmed plans to steer away from the strict monetary reform favored by international lenders and toward social welfare. His No. 1 deputy, Communist former central-planning chief Yuri Maslyukov, said the top priority would be to pay off huge wage and pension debts owed to millions of Russians. Such a move probably would require a splurge of money-printing, which could stoke inflation, analysts said.

A "summit" aimed at ending Cambodia's political crisis was agreed to by leaders of the main political parties before parliament is due to convene late next week. The talks, to be chaired by King Norodom Sihanouk, were scheduled as police broke up an eighth straight day of violent antigovernment street protests in the capital, Phnom Penh. The meeting is to be attended by opposition leaders Norodom Ranariddh and Sam Rainsy, as well as Premier Hun Sen, who's accused of rigging July 26 elections won by his party.