President-elect Clinton's foray into "real Washington" - a black business district - this week was a signal that he intends to be sensitive to urban and minority issues and honor promises he made to urban constituents, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said at a Monitor breakfast yesterday. But, Mr. Jackson cautioned, "those who voted for him on Nov. 3 must fight to help him implement those [promises]" - including statehood for the District of Columbia. Jobless claims rise

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance shot up by 31,000 during the week ended Nov. 7, the biggest increase in three months, the government said yesterday. Housing starts fell an unexpected 1.1 percent in October to their lowest level in three months. Pittsburgh strike

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's bid to buy the rival Pittsburgh Press moved a step forward Wednesday when the Post-Gazette reached a tentative agreement with striking Teamsters. The settlement would end a six-month walkout that shut down Pittsburgh's two daily papers. National Book Awards

The 1992 National Book Award in fiction was awarded Wednesday to Cormac McCarthy for "All the Pretty Horses," a novel about a 16-year-old boy who embarks on a journey to Mexico. The nonfiction winner was Paul Monette for "Becoming A Man: Half a Life Story," an autobiography. In poetry, the winner was Mary Oliver for "New and Selected Poems," a collection dealing with the natural landscape and questions of life and death. Senate aide pleads guilty

Henry Giugni, a former US Senate sergeant-at-arms, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for accepting a free trip to Hawaii from AT&T after he pushed the company's equipment for use by the Capitol Police four years ago. Yeltsin gives `black box'

Russian President Boris Yeltsin, on a visit to South Korea, pleased his hosts yesterday by handing over key recording instruments from a South Korean jetliner, and proposed a multinational probe of how the plane came to be shot down by a Soviet fighter in 1983. KGB officer killed

Gunmen killed the deputy KGB chief of the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan yesterday night in the heart of the capital, Dushanbe, by firing a rocket-propelled grenade at his car. The killing sparked fears of reprisals by Islamic militants in the war-torn region. Plan to divide Bosnia

At a peace conference in Geneva, the Bosnian Serbs yesterday submitted formal proposals to divide Bosnia-Herzegovina into three separate ethnic states, despite opposition from the Muslim-led government and peace mediators. Savimbi accepts runoff

Rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, whose forces have been mobilizing since he disputed the results of Angola's first free ballot in September, has accepted the official result that a runoff will be necessary, a United Nations official said yesterday.

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