BOSNIAN SERBS WITHDRAW CONCESSIONS The Bosnian Serb parliament on Saturday withdrew its concessions to return territory to Muslims as part of a plan to divide Bosnia-Herzegovina into three ethnic ministates. On Wednesday, the Muslim-led government rejected the peace plan brokered in Geneva last month. The Muslims said the proposal did not return enough Muslim-dominated areas conquered by Serbs. The Belgrade-based Tanjug news agency says, however, that the self-proclaimed parliament left the door open for an agreement if Bosnian Muslims accept a peace plan offered by international mediators. The Bosnian Croat parliament also has voted to refuse further discussion of giving Muslims access to the Adriatic. IRA talks of peace
Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, yesterday said the chance for peace is the greatest it has ever been in Northern Ireland, despite an IRA bomb attack in northwest London early Saturday morning that injured five people. Mr. Adams has been meeting with John Hume, the leader of the mainstream Roman Catholic Social Democratic and Labor Party since April, working on a peace initiative that proposes the participation in talks of all political parties there, plus the British and Irish governments. Georgian rebels advance
Georgian rebels seized two more towns yesterday in their campaign to drive Eduard Shevardnadze from power.
The rebel forces loyal to ousted President Zviad Gamsakhurdia marched without much resistance into Khoni and Vani, both near the major city of Kutaisi, 146 miles west of the capital Tbilisi, according to Georgia's defense and interior ministries.
President Shevardnadze appealed on state television yesterday for the sides ``to stop all military actions.'' He said refugees fleeing the conflicts were ``dying from cold and starvation in terrible conditions.'' Tailhook fallout
Defense Secretary Les Aspin may decide today whether to remove the Navy's top officer, Adm. Frank Kelso, for failing to prevent the ``Tailhook'' sexual harassment scandal, says Mr. Aspin's spokeswoman.
Aspin is assessing the recommendation of Navy Secretary John Dalton, who wants Admiral Kelso to resign for failing to show leadership at the convention of naval aviators in Las Vegas in September 1991. Dozens of women were assaulted there.House to extend benefits
The US House of Representatives is scheduled to consider legislation to extend emergency unemployment benefits this week. The measure would help those who have been out of work for more than six months and who have used up their standard jobless benefits. If Congress fails to act, the director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates 25,000 long-term jobless will be affected. NAFTA criticized
The North American Free Trade Agreement came under fire over the weekend from Jesse Jackson in Canada and Ross Perot in the US. Mr. Jackson told an audience Friday in Sudbury, Ontario, that corporations had pushed for the trade deal as a way to get cheap labor.
Mr. Perot, in a speech Saturday at the Miami University in Ohio, called the pact one of the ``dumbest, most stupid trade deals ... in the history of man.'' US Marines wounded
A remotely controlled mine exploded under a military vehicle in Mogadishu yesterday, killing a Somali UN employee and wounding three US Marines, Maj. David Stockwell said by telephone from Mogadishu. Major Stockwell said UN officials believe the attack specifically targeted Americans. Four US soldiers were killed Aug. 8 in a mine explosion. The UN accuses Gen. Mohamed Farah Aideed with masterminding the attacks. Australian tennis
Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia, who won last year's Ansett Australian Indoor tennis championship, begins defending his title today. Jim Courier from the US, Boris Becker from Germany, and Andrei Medvedev from Ukraine head the seedings for the 32-man tournament.