The United States is determined to rigorously enforce the no-fly zones in Iraq, US officials said, after American fighter jets were shot at and attacked an Iraqi artillery battery in return. Iraq on Saturday denied that its troops had fired on US warplanes. Friday's incident was the first hostile exchange in the no-fly zone since Feb. 3, when two French F-1 Mirage reconnaissance aircraft were fired upon, and the first time US planes have been shot at since President Clinton took office. New NAACP leader

The Rev. Benjamin Chavis says he hopes to usher the NAACP into a new era of spirited activism and concern for young, disaffected blacks. Mr. Chavis, who served four years in prison as part of the Wilmington 10 firebombing case, was chosen Friday to succeed Benjamin Hooks as executive director of the nation's oldest civil rights group, ending a contentious search that dragged on for a year. Earlier, Jesse Jackson had taken himself out of the running for the post. GM won't recall trucks

General Motors Corporation has no intention of recalling 4.7 million pickups with side-mounted fuel tanks, company officials said, even though federal safety regulators believe the trucks have potentially fatal defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter Friday asking the automaker to voluntarily recall the pickups made from 1973-87 and a small number of truck cabs made between 1970 and 1991. Congressman acquitted

Harold Ford, a Democrat who is Tennessee's only black congressman, was acquitted Friday of corruption charges by a mostly white Memphis, Tenn., jury. The trial was Mr. Ford's second on the fraud and conspiracy charges. The first ended in 1990 with a hung jury. Ford was accused of taking payoffs from two political allies, former Tennessee bankers Jake and C. H. Butcher Jr. Task force on Bosnia

A Clinton administration task force that traveled widely throughout the Balkans says the use of US force and creation of "safe havens" should be considered to protect civilians in war-ravaged areas of the former Yugoslavia, US officials said Saturday. The recommendations are being evaluated by the State Department, the Pentagon, and the Agency for International Development. A decision on what to do is expected by the end of the month. Pope decries Bosnia war

Pope John Paul II greeted 50,000 people on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday, saying the season of Christian joy was tempered for him by the war in the former Yugoslavia. The Pope called for an end to fighting that has left at least 134,000 dead or missing. PLO drops demand

Palestinian negotiators have dropped their demand that Israel immediately repatriate 396 Palestinian deportees and are ready to rejoin Middle East peace talks, their chief adviser said Saturday. A spokesman for the deportees said later that the negotiators would be considered traitors if they returned to the stalled talks without securing the deportees' return. Israel seals territories

Israel's Cabinet decided yesterday to keep the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip sealed indefinitely and to cut the Palestinian work force in Israel. The ministers adopted proposals by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who believes a separation of the two peoples is vital to curb violence and win broader support among Israelis for concessions in peace talks. Mali in turmoil

President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali has warned that student unrest, which brought down the West African country's government Friday, could threaten its fledgling democracy. The 10-month-old government of Prime Minister Younoussi Toure quit four days after students set fire to the new National Assembly building, at least one ministry, Mr. Konare's private residence, and the homes of other state officials.

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