Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres discussed ideas in Cairo yesterday to break a deadlock in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. After the meeting, Mr. Mubarak said the obstacles facing the Middle East peace process were only temporary. He said the gap between Palestinians and Israelis could be bridged, but he did not say how. Region wants Iraq intact

Iran, Syria, and Turkey voiced disapproval Saturday of the self-declared Kurdish government in northern Iraq. Foreign ministers of Iraq's three neighbors said after a meeting in Ankara that they attached the utmost importance to Iraq's territorial integrity and political unity. `Passportgate' grows Undersecretary of State John Rogers, a top political appointee, was told about the search of President-elect Clinton's passport files and allowed it to proceed, according to news reports. Mr. Rogers denies the charges. Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Tamposi has already resigned in connection with the affair. Senators visit Vietnam

US senators investigating the fates of missing servicemen said yesterday they will ask Vietnamese authorities for answers on specific cases and for more Vietnam War-era photographs and other documentation. Three members of the Senate Select Committee on POW-MIA Affairs begin a five-day visit to Vietnam and Laos today. Angola hopes for unity

The Angolan government said yesterday it would convene the multiparty parliament elected in September. Meanwhile, UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi called off his forces, which are less than 35 miles from the capital, Luanda, and control 65 percent of the country. Liberia rebels attacked

A Nigerian gunboat shelled Liberian rebel positions northeast of Monrovia, repulsing a rebel attack that broke a three-day lull in fighting around the capital, a West African spokesman said yesterday. The West African force is battling rebels led by Charles Taylor. After Peru's coup attempt

The Peruvian Army's second-in-command was under house arrest Saturday, and about 25 active and retired Army officers had been arrested in what the government said was a failed plot to assassinate President Alberto Fujimori. Yesterday Maoist guerrillas detonated a car bomb outside a school for police officers, wounding 10 people.

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