UN MOVING HOMELESS IN RWANDA Thousands of displaced Rwandans are being moved from camps in southwest Rwanda to the interior, UN officials said Sept. 27. Hundreds of UN trucks will take an estimated 4,000 people a day from the southwest, UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda spokesman Pierre Mehu said. The voluntary transfer is going ahead despite the UN refugee agency's announcement last week suspending all aid for refugees to return home because of reports of killings by troops of the new Rwandan government. Most of the refugees are from Rwanda's Hutu majority, who fled fearing reprisals from Tutsis for mass killings of their people by troops and militia of the now-ousted Hutu government. Yeltsin urges disarmament
President Boris Yeltsin of Russia has proposed a sweeping plan to limit the spread of nuclear weapons that would include halting the production of nuclear materials and nuclear munitions. The plan, offered in an address Sept. 26 to the UN General Assembly, was the latest in a series of major nuclear proposals Yeltsin has floated since the Soviet Union broke up. Previous agreements on deep cuts, however, have been stalled by the reluctance of Ukraine, another former Soviet republic. Australian wildfires
Authorities declared a state of emergency Sept. 27 as strong winds fanned more than 100 wildfires burning across forests and drought-stricken farmland in Queensland state. No serious injuries or major damage to structures were reported. Thousands of firefighters and volunteers were battling the blazes in the northeastern state. Much of Queensland is tinder-dry after almost four years with little or no rain.
Affirmative action case
Getting an early start on its 1994-95 term, the US Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a federal affirmative action program for small businesses discriminates against white men. The case, accepted for review by the high court Sept. 26, could lead to the court's most important ruling on affirmative action since 1990. The federal program aims to benefit small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people - most often minorities and women.
Plague in India
The first cases of pneumonic plague were confirmed Sept. 27 in the Indian capital of New Delhi and in Calcutta, a week after the disease was first detected in the city of Surat, 730 miles to the southwest of New Delhi. But in Surat, the official death toll was unchanged yesterday, at 44. Authorities said that fact indicated the disease appeared under control.