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In Tunis, a military court yesterday sentenced 11 Islamic fundamentalists to life imprisonment in a mass trial of fundamentalists. They were accused of plotting to overthrow the government. Most of the 108 accused were sentenced to between one and 20 years in prison. On Friday, another court handed down verdicts on 171 people tried for plotting to kill Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and overthrow the government. It sentenced 35 to life imprisonment. UNITED STATES

In Ohio, representatives for the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corporation continued to meet over the weekend to settle a parts-plant strike that has shut down production of the popular Saturn car. Workers walked out Thursday, complaining about job security and health-and-safety issues.... In California, the state Assembly Saturday passed a budget that would slash aid to the poor, local governments, and public schools, but resolve a fiscal crisis that has lingered for two months. The Assembly st ill must approve 10 related bills to make specific cuts necessary to close an $11 billion budget deficit.... In Guam, Typhoon Omar toppled trees and power lines and destroyed homes, resort hotels, and military installations. The storm swept the island Friday, prompting President Bush to declare it a disaster area. LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Brazilian President Fernando Collor de Mello Saturday rejected suggestions from top officials that he resign, saying he would fight efforts to impeach him on corruption charges. Presidential aides said Collor is preparing to address the nation on television and radio.

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