RANGERS UNIT PULLS OUT OF SOMALIA President Clinton is pulling the Army's unit of Rangers out of Somalia, the White House announced Oct. 19. In a statement, White House spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers said the president had approved a recommendation of United States Defense Secretary Les Aspin that the elite fighting unit be removed ``within the next few days.'' The White House said the troops were being withdrawn because the 3,600 marines that Mr. Clinton ordered to patrol the waters off the Somali coast have arrived. Militants persist

Separatist militants occupying a sacred Muslim shrine in Srinagar, India, showed no signs of being worn down Oct. 19, the fourth day of a siege by the Indian army. Muslims consider the shrine the holiest Muslim place in Kashmir, a mostly Muslim province in predominantly Hindu India. Bosnians swap prisoners

Bosnian Muslims and Croats began to swap hundreds of prisoners Oct. 19 as international negotiators tested the waters for possible new peace talks among the three warring sides in Bosnia. China, Vietnam reach accord

Former enemies China and Vietnam agreed Oct. 19 to shun the use of force over border disputes on land and at sea. The agreement on basic principles to resolve territorial and border issues the first since they started border talks 19 years ago gave a new framework for relations along the land frontier and in the South China Sea. Nicaraguan rebels retreat

Nicaraguan infantry units have chased the country's largest guerrilla band deeper into the mountains during the first three days of an offensive, an army spokesman said Oct. 18. Most of the guerrillas are former combatants from both sides of the 1980s civil war between the US-financed contras and the former Sandinistas. Provision rejected

Christian Scientists in Massachusetts who elect not to seek medical treatment for their children would still be held liable under a child abuse bill endorsed by the state Senate. The bill, which is aimed at making child abuse a felony under state law, was approved Oct. 18. It toughens laws against child abuse, both physical and by neglect. White seperatist sentenced

A white separatist sentenced to 18 months in prison in Boise, Idaho, on charges that made him a fugitive and led to a bloody siege and shootout that killed three people could be free by year's end. Randy Weaver's lawyer says that's more than enough punishment for the failure to appear at a trial on a federal weapons charge, especially since that missed court date led to the shootout and 11-day siege that left Weaver's wife, his son, and a deputy US marshal dead. Bond firms agree to ban

Seventeen major municipal bond firms have agreed to a self-imposed ban on political contributions that could influence government officials who award municipal bond business. The agreement was announced Oct. 18 by Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt Jr., who brought the firms together to work out a solution to the thorny problem. US marriage fidelity

About 85 percent of American husbands and wives are faithful to each other, says a researcher out to dispel myths about adultery. About 15 percent of married or previously married Americans have cheated on a spouse, said Tom Smith, director of the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey. Two people killed in dares

Lying in the middle of busy streets to demonstrate their toughness, one Long Island teenager has been killed and two Pennsylvania teens critically wounded after being hit by cars in weekend incidents. The teens, in each case, were reportedly aping a scene from the movie ``The Program.'' A New Jersey man, meanwhile, was killed in a similar manner Oct. 19. Manufacturers honored

The chemical-making subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company and Ames Rubber Corporation of Hamburg, N.J., are winners of the 1993 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, established by Congress to recognize US companies that emphasize quality in manufacturing or the service industry.

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