FBI CHIEF EXPECTED TO RESIGN OR BE FIRED Embattled Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation William Sessions was told by Clinton administration officials on Saturday that he must quit or be fired, perhaps as early as Monday. When he left the meeting, Sessions was clearly distracted: He tripped over a curb and injured his elbow. Sessions was said to be staying in a hospital overnight, which could temporarily delay the ultimatum to resign. The FBI director has been under scrutiny for abusing travel and other privileges of his office. Presiden t Clinton was said to be interviewing possible successors. Japanese elections

Exit polls and early results from a national election Sunday showed Japan's Liberal Democrats, who led the country to affluence and then were sullied by corruption, likely to lose power for the first time since 1955. Most results were expected by midnight.

With no one party likely to win a majority, the direction of Japanese politics will hinge on an alignment of parties into coalitions. But analysts say the election could promote the development of a more effective political opposition to counterbalance the still- dominant Liberal Democrats. Somali retaliation

Somali warlord, Gen. Mohamed Farah Aideed, accused of masterminding an ambush of UN peacekeepers last month, urged supporters Sunday to rise up against UN forces in retaliation for US-led bombings. Aideed is in hiding, and his statement was read over loudspeakers at a Mogadishu rally.

Italian envoys met UN and US officials in Mogadishu this weekend to try to defuse a dispute with the UN over its demand for the recall of the Italian forces commander in Somalia. Italian newspapers said Sunday the dispute had been calmed, and the UN was withdrawing its demand for the recall of Gen. Bruno Loi. A rift had developed with the UN following fierce Italian criticism of attacks by US helicopters last week on a command center of Aideed's. Liberia peace pact

Liberia's warring factions reached agreement on a peace package Saturday, including a cease-fire, an interim government, and free elections. Negotiators praised the agreement as a breakthrough, although its prospects were not immediately clear. Many previous peace pacts have failed. US office in Hanoi

US diplomats may be stationed in Vietnam for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War to help search for US soldiers still missing from the conflict. Three State Department officers would staff the office in Hanoi temporarily.

American officials stressed that the decision was not in preparation for normalizing relations. South American summit

Leaders of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America ended the Ibero-American Summit on Friday by calling for a war on poverty and an end to the US trade embargo against Cuba.

A declaration by the 23 leaders at the summit called for lower trade barriers, greater technology transfer and increased financing for developing countries. The statement also noted that previous gatherings had called for an end to economic sanctions "with political ends," indirectly including the US sancitions against Cuba. Mexico returns Chinese

Two of three ships carrying hundreds of Chinese emigrants docked in Mexico Saturday after a lengthy stalemate between the US and Mexico over which country would receive them. Mexico ultimately said it would, promising quick deportations. The third ship remained in international waters Saturday because the emigrants aboard refused to cooperate with the plan to bring them to Mexico.

After a medical OK, more than 100 Chinese rode buses to Tijuana, where they boarded planes to make the first leg of their return trip to China. ANC women suspend Winnie

The ANC Women's League on Sunday suspended Winnie Mandela for a year, dealing another blow to her attempted political comeback.

Mrs. Mandela, once called the "Mother of the Nation" by black activists, has been dogged by controversy, and ANC leaders now see her as a liability and have distanced themselves from her.

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