UN AID CONVOY REACHES ZEPA IN BOSNIA
A United Nations aid convoy reached the eastern Bosnia Muslim settlement of Zepa yesterday after being allowed through a Serb blockade. The arrival of the convoy cleared the way for the lifting of a boycott of UN aid deliveries by city authorities in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. Meanwhile, a unilateral cease-fire by Muslim forces in Bosnia brought calm to the capital yesterday. Bosnia's President Alija Izetbegovic announced the cease-fire Feb. 20 when he lifted a boycott by Muslim authorities of UN aid
to Sarajevo's civilian population. Also on Feb. 20, President Clinton said he was considering ordering United States forces to airdrop emergency food and other supplies to eastern Bosnia. US long-term care
The Clinton administration is looking into a government-subsidized program that would provide long-term care to people with chronic illnesses or disabilities, according to news reports yesterday. A major possible goal of the program would be to shift spending from nursing homes to community-based services that provide medical care and other assistance to people living in their own homes. UN looks at war trials
War criminals in the former Yugoslavia will be a step closer today to being tried for atrocities relating to "ethnic cleansing," concentration camps, systematic rape, and mass murder. The UN Security Council is expected to unanimously pass a resolution establishing the first war-crimes tribunal since 1945-49, when Nuremberg and Tokyo trials sentenced notorious Nazis and Japanese war leaders to death. Serbs, Croats, and Muslims are all suspected of committing crimes, but UN investigators blame Serbs for t he worst atrocities. Abuse of Kuwaiti maids
The Philippines labor secretary said yesterday that Manila and Kuwait would announce a program within two weeks to try to stop the rape and physical abuse of Filipina domestic workers in the emirate. Her remarks came amid reports that a Filipina maid was raped while in Kuwait police custody. Steps under consideration include a safe-house for maids with abusive employers more than 280 are currently crammed into a room in an embassy building and stricter controls on work contracts. Somalia aid needs seen
Somalia needs at least $253 million in aid this year to fight hunger, to care for refugees, and to begin rebuilding an economy shattered by civil war and famine, says a draft UN report obtained yesterday by the Associated Press. The largest chunk of the funding requested was $92.2 million for refugees, followed by food aid totaling $41.2 million. Uranium theft in Russia
Thieves have stolen uranium from Russia's nuclear industry three times in the past two years, but rumors of astronomical black-market prices for the radioactive metal are untrue, the Atomic Energy Ministry said. Lax discipline was a factor in the theft of uranium from installations in the cities of Podolsk, Glazov, and Arzamas, a ministry official, Alexander Mokhov, said.