KIEV DRAGS FEET ON NONPROLIFERATION Ukraine's parliamentary speaker Oleksander Moroz called yesterday for a United Nations-sponsored conference to be held next year in Kiev, Ukraine, to discuss the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma backs the international community's demand that parliament act this year to ratify the treaty, making Ukraine a nuclear-free state. Mr. Moroz stressed the need to redraft key clauses in the nuclear accord before he would recommend it for discussion in parliament. Ukraine agreed last January to dismantle all its nuclear weapons, but some lawmakers are pressing for increased international aid before signing the nuclear agreement. More Simpson evidence
Final DNA test results show former football star O.J. Simpson was the source of at least some of the blood drops leading from the bodies of his ex-wife and her friend, sources close to the case said yesterday. Tests of genetic material are still being conducted by two laboratories and some are inconclusive, but a batch of final results was forwarded to defense lawyers and prosecutors this week, the source said. Laser gets raves
Space Shuttle Discovery's cloud-mapping laser scanned the eye of Typhoon Melissa from high above the Pacific Ocean yesterday to give atmospheric scientists a detailed profile of the churning storm. Despite a troublesome data recorder, scientists operating the $25-million laser from Johnson Space Center in Houston are giving it rave reviews for providing unprecedented data on global climate.
PM back on job in Lesotho
Lesotho's reinstated Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhehle returned to work yesterday, almost a month after being fired by King Letsie. Supporters lined streets leading to his office to welcome him back after the king, under pressure from the southern African mountain kingdom's neighbors, reinstated him on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Liberian soldiers tried but failed to seize the presidential mansion in the Liberian capital of Monrovia yesterday.
Brit-US cable deal
Mirror Group PLC, the former newspaper company of the late Robert Maxwell, said yesterday it will team up with five US telecommunications giants to enter the cable-TV business. Comcast Corp., Nynex Corp., Southwestern Bell Corp., Tele-Communications Inc., and US West Inc. agreed to form a joint venture with Mirror Group to deliver the channel, called ``Live TV,'' at first to more than 500,000 homes in Britain. The programming will focus mainly on live events, such as sporting matches and concerts that will be available to all subscribers of the companies' cable system.