SENATOR QUESTIONS US ROLE IN SOMALIA Sen. Sam Nunn (D) of Georgia, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Sunday the United States should limit its mission in Somalia. He spoke following the Sept. 25 downing of a US helicopter in Mogadishu in which three crewmen were killed. ``I believe that at the very least the Senate and the House ought to narrow that mission so that we have a definitive ending point,'' he said on NBC's ``Meet the Press.'' As casualties have mounted, lawmakers have increasingly questioned the US role in Somalia. A total of 56 United Nations peacekeepers have been killed since early June. Hundreds of Somalis and five journalists have also been killed. Fighting rages in Bosnia

Muslim and Croat forces battled yesterday in central Bosnia-Herzegovina as prominent Muslim intellectuals and religious figures gathered in Sarajevo to discuss proposals to end the 18-month-old civil war in the former Yugoslav republic, Bosnian radio said yesterday.

The Bosnian parliament is scheduled to convene today to vote on the international peace plan that would divide Bosnia into three ethnic ministates. UN inspects Iraqi sites

The UN yesterday launched its largest inspection of Iraqi weapons sites, a step that could lead to the eventual lifting of the world trade embargo against Iraq.

The Security Council imposed the trade embargo after Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. The UN has said the embargo will not be lifted until Iraq complies with the UN cease-fire resolutions that ended the Gulf war. Those resolutions require Iraq to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction and install a system to monitor future compliance. Chinese clash over toxics

Hundreds of Chinese workers from a chemical plant fought last month with local residents enraged by the factory's noxious emissions. Two residents were killed, the official newspaper Southern Weekend reported Friday, prompting riot police to take over the plant in Lanzhou, in northwest China's Gansu province.

The conflict began last November when sulfuric acid and carbon disulfide discharged into a river contaminated the local water supply. The city Environmental Protection Bureau in July ordered the plant shut down, but the plant ignored the orders. The conflict escalated after residents attempted to restore their electricity that had been shut off by the plant. US ships nuclear fuel

A load of nuclear fuel arrived yesterday at an electric company port facility about 10 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The load was part of a series of shipments totaling 200 tons that is scheduled to move by train through central Philadelphia, utility officials said.

The train schedule is being kept secret because of security concerns, Philadephia Electric Co. (PECO) spokesman Bill Jones said. Some local officials had criticized the plan.

A barge carried the fuel from the Shoreham reactor on New York's Long Island, which was ordered shut down in 1988 due to evacuation concerns. The fuel is to be used at PECO's Limerick plant about 25 miles northwest of the city. N. Korea stalls talks

North Korea has called off planned talks on renewing outside inspections of its nuclear installations, officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday. Word of North Korea's refusal even to discuss inspections came as the 114-country Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's main nuclear watchdog, opened its annual general conference in Vienna.

North Korea agreed to inspections when it signed an accord on nuclear safeguards in 1992 under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. But it cut off the inspections early this year after the IAEA tried to widen their scope. Man shot in Florida

A New York City man was killed on a Florida highway on Sept. 26 in what police called an apparently random drive-by shooting. It was the third such slaying in Florida in a month and another blow for the state's $31 billion-a-year tourism industry.

Ten foreign visitors have been slain in Florida in less than a year.

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