BOSNIANS SIGN ONE-MONTH CEASE-FIRE Bosnia's warring factions signed a statement yesterday agreeing to end hostilities for a month so United Nations peacekeepers can conclude a more durable cease-fire, UN envoy Yasushi Akashi said. ``This is the first step toward a comprehensive cessation of hostilities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina,'' Mr. Akashi told reporters. The document said that as a first step both sides agreed not to engage in any offensive military operations ``or other provocative actions of any kind'' for one month starting from tomorrow. ``This period of military stabilization is required to give time for reflection leading to a resumption, within the next several days, under UN Protection Force auspices, of negotiations on a comprehensive cessation of hostilities,'' the document added. Akashi had tried to conclude a more comprehensive cessation of hostilities lasting several months, but the various Bosnian factions could not agree on its duration. Truce talks open in Rwanda
Rwanda Army and rebel commanders opened a third round of cease-fire talks in Kigali yesterday as their gunners battled across the city. The UN commander, Maj. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, chaired the talks. He is pushing both sides to agree to a UN-draft truce so an international relief effort to help millions of homeless can start in earnest and UN forces can be reinforced to protect thousands of civilians and escort aid convoys. Avalanche in Colombia
An avalanche caused by a strong earthquake in southwest Colombia left hundreds of villagers who live around a volcano homeless. An estimated 100 people were killed - buried under ice, mud, and rocks. Many people were missing in Toez, an indigenous village where 64 died and most homes were destroyed. OAS Haiti sanctions
The Organization of American States tightened trade sanctions against Haiti's military regime Tuesday but ruled out military intervention to return exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power. The OAS also passed a resolution approving a ban on all commercial flights to and from Haiti and prohibiting any financial transactions with that nation. Better school lunches
Children might still get pizza and hamburgers when new rules to reduce the fat and cholesterol in school lunches go into effect in four years. But instead of fries, they will be offered carrot sticks. The fries might show up on a menu later in the week. That's the spirit of regulations the US Agriculture Department announced yesterday. Schools will have to make sure that no more than 30 percent of lunch calories come from fat. The lunches will have to contain less sodium and cholesterol and more fruits, vegetables, and grains. Edwards to retire
Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards's announcement that he will not seek a fifth term next year sent potential candidates scrambling for support Tuesday. His disclosure came Monday night as he was addressing the opening of a special legislative session.