Nidal Ayyad, the suspect arrested Wednesday in direct connection with the World Trade Center bombing, is a young, highly educated biochemical engineer who, like Mohammed Salameh, the other major suspect in the case, has close family links to Palestine. Authorities did not specify what role Mr. Ayyad, who works for Allied-Signal Inc., may have played in the bombing, but they indicated he has the know-how to make explosives. Officials are looking for a possible link between the suspects and overseas terror ist groups, based on the fact that Mr. Salameh and Ayyad received a total of $8,000 from Europe before the bombing. (See stories, Page 3.) Reno heads to Justice

Janet Reno appeared almost certain yesterday to become the final member of the Clinton Cabinet as the Senate voted on her nomination for attorney general. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Ms. Reno. Jobless claims climb

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly jumped by 25,000 in late February to the highest level in nearly four months, the government said yesterday. Thirty-three states and territories reported increases, while 20 posted declines. Abortion doctor slain

A doctor was shot to death during a protest outside his abortion clinic Wednesday, and an anti-abortion activist who had prayed for him to "give his life to Jesus" calmly surrendered. It was the first fatality ever reported at an abortion protest, abortion-rights activists said. Rodney King testifies

In his second day of testimony in the Los Angeles police trial, Rodney King admitted Wednesday to lies, contradictions, and memory lapses, confessing he was not too sure about his earlier claim that police had taunted him with racial slurs. But Mr. King insisted he didn't deserve the 1991 police beating, even though he had been speeding and drunk. King was calm on the witness stand. Suharto sworn in

Suharto was sworn in yesterday as president of Indonesia for a sixth five-year term in office. The former general, who has ruled the world's fourth most-populous nation since 1966, vowed to create jobs to help the 27 million Indonesians he acknowledged are living below the poverty line. Two hostages released

Two hostages were released yesterday from the Nicaraguan embassy in Costa Rica, where they had been held for four days. But gunmen opposed to the regime of Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro continued to hold 23 hostages in the embassy. Troops for Bosnia?

The United States is urging its NATO allies to start preparing an international force of at least 50,000 troops to send into Bosnia after a peace settlement, the New York Times reported yesterday. The force would contain up to 20,000 US troops. But France is reportedly balking at the plan, because it wants the troops under UN control, not NATO command.

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