The United States will consider lifting the arms embargo "quite soon" for Bosnia Muslims if the Bosnian Serbs do not accept a cease-fire, Secretary of State Warren Christopher said in an interview broadcast yesterday. "We'd certainly think about doing it [lifting the arms embargo] quite soon if the Bosnian Serbs had not agreed," Mr. Christopher said on NBC-TV's "Today" program. "I don't want to put a particular deadline on it, but it would not be a matter of months by any means." EC signs accords

The European Community signed economic cooperation and transit accords with Slovenia in Luxembourg yesterday and told the EC Executive Commission to begin talks for similar agreements with the Czech and Slovak republics. Japanese government sued

Song Shin-do, a Korean who says she was forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II, sued the government yesterday, demanding a personal apology but no compensation. Ms. Song became the first ethnic Korean living in Japan to identify herself as a wartime sex slave. Clinton expresses regret

In a break from the economic talk that dominated the weekend summit in Vancouver, President Clinton issued a public statement of regret Sunday that an American submarine had collided with a Russian sub on March 20 while the USS Grayling was on "routine operations" in international waters, according to the Pentagon. Both countries reported minor damage to the submarines. Supreme Court decision

The US Supreme Court refused yesterday to review Marine Sgt. Clayton Lonetree's conviction for spying for the Soviet Union while serving as a US Embassy guard in Moscow. The court, without comment, turned away Mr. Lonetree's argument that his confessions should not have been used as evidence in his court-martial. Lonetree was convicted in 1987 of passing secrets to the KGB after becoming romantically involved with a Soviet woman. Mock trial acquittal

James Earl Ray's acquittal in a mock TV trial has no legal weight, but the man serving 99 years for shooting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. hopes the verdict will lead to his freedom anyway. "I am pleased that finally an independent jury has examined the state's case and found me not guilty," Mr. Ray said in a statement from his Nashville prison following the Sunday night broadcast on HBO of "Guilt or Innocence: The Trial of James Earl Ray." Ray pleaded guilty in 1969 to the slaying but later tried to r ecant. The 10-day, unscripted mock trial was filmed in Memphis in January with a real judge, real lawyers, real witnesses, and an out-of-state jury. Ray, who testified at the trial via satellite from prison, was acquitted at the end of the program, broadcast on the 25th anniversary of King's assassination. Waco impasse could end

Cult leader David Koresh and his followers will end an armed standoff with federal authorities in Waco, Texas, sometime after the group celebrates Passover, two attorneys said after meeting with Mr. Koresh on Sunday. The attorneys hedged on exactly when the standoff would end, saying the Branch Davidian cult's celebration of Passover doesn't coincide with the Jewish observance, which began Monday night. Shortly after the meeting Sunday, a man identified as Jesse Amen left the heavily fortified compound, the first person to do so in nearly two weeks. Mr. Amen, who scrambled past authorities and into the cult March 26, was being held in jail without bond Sunday night on a charge of interfering with the duty of a police officer. Combat gender equity

The US Navy wants to put women in all its front-line combat jobs within the next four years, officials say. The tradition-breaking plan ready for action by Defense Secretary Les Aspin,is designed to repair the Navy's battered image in the wake of the Tailhook sex-abuse scandal.

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