CLINTON VISITS ITALIAN LEADERS, POPE President Clinton, on the first leg of a trip celebrating the 50th anniversary of D-Day, met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II yesterday and held discussions with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Later, Clinton was to speak at Campidoglio Square, for centuries the seat of Rome's imperial power. The speech - two days before the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Rome - raises the curtain on celebrations of Allied landings in Italy and France. Hillary Rodham Clinton accompanied her husband. Vatican officials indicated that the pontiff wanted to bring up his concern about the US president's efforts to expand abortion rights. But Clinton did not dwell on abortion differences in his brief remarks after the meeting. Rome was Clinton's first stop on an eight-day journey to Italy, England, and France. The highlight will be a huge ceremony in Normandy on Monday marking the June 6, 1944, invasion that broke Hitler's heavily fortified Atlantic wall and led to the end of World War II. Rwanda cease-fire talks

Cease-fire talks resumed yesterday in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, after a night of shelling as rebels advanced to tighten their grip on the city. More than 2 million people have fled their homes in Rwanda during two months of fighting and ethnic savagery. Prospects for a UN-mediated cease-fire seemed dim. Brady Law Upheld in Texas

A federal judge ruled the Brady law does not unfairly burden police and sheriff's departments by requiring a background check on handgun buyers during a five-day waiting period. US District Judge Ed Prado on Wednesday rejected Val Verde County Sheriff J.R. Koog's assertion that the new US gun-control measure violates the states' rights provision of the 10th Amendment.

N. Yemen Defies UN

North Yemen's forces yesterday continued their drive toward Aden, the main city of the breakaway south. The UN Security Council has called for a cease-fire. But the move was pushed by Gulf Arab states that are seen as mostly pro-Southern and the North had warned that a cease-fire call would only lead to worse fighting. Saudi aids Euro Disney

A Saudi prince is riding to Euro Disney's rescue with a $500 million investment in the struggling theme park outside Paris. The investment by Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud includes a commitment to build a convention center to attract more business visitors. Since opening more than two years ago, Euro Disney has lost $3.7 billion.

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