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VOA DIGEST - 8/21/95

From: yanni@ix.netcom.com (Ioannis Bousnakis)

DATE=8/21/95

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                     VOA   DIGEST - 8/21/95

THE FOLLOWING IS A SYNOPSIS OF SIGNIFICANT REPORTING BY THE VOICE OF AMERICA THAT HAD BEEN BROADCAST OR FIRMLY SCHEDULED AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION. THIS SELECTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE EXHAUSTIVE, AND DOES NOT INCLUDE LATE-BREAKING NEWS OR THE MANY REPORTS IN ALL VOA LANGUAGES THAT ARE BASED ON COMMERCIAL WIRE SERVICES OR OTHER SECONDARY SOURCES. WE REGRET THAT WE CANNOT RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR TRANSCRIPTS OF SPECIFIC BROADCASTS OR PROGRAM SEGMENTS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT VOA, OFFICE OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS. TELEPHONE: +1-202-619-2538. ELECTRONIC MAIL: LETTERS@VOA.GOV (FOR CORRESPONDENCE FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES); LETTERS-USA@VOA.GOV (FOR CORRESPONDENCE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES).

REPORTS BY VOA CENTRAL NEWS SERVICE:

BOSNIA / US DIPLOMATS -- A PLANE CARRYING THE BODIES OF THREE US

DIPLOMATS KILLED IN BOSNIA LAST WEEK IS ON ITS WAY BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. CORRESPONDENT KYLE KING REPORTS SURVIVING MEMBERS OF THE US DELEGATION TO BOSNIA ARE ACCOMPANYING THE BODIES, WHICH

WERE FLOWN TO GERMANY FROM THE CROATIAN PORT OF SPLIT.  (8/21)

US / BOSNIA -- SECRETARY OF STATE WARREN CHRISTOPHER AND DEFENSE

SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY WILL BE AMONG THOSE ON HAND WHEN THE BODIES OF THREE AMERICAN ENVOYS RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES MONDAY FROM BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS AMERICAN OFFICIALS GIVE EVERY INDICATION THEIR LATEST DIPLOMATIC SEARCH FOR PEACE IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA WILL CONTINUE THIS

WEEK.  (8/20)

US / YUGO DIPLOMACY -- THE UNITED STATES HAS AGAIN APPEALED FOR

MILITARY RESTRAINT BY CROATIA AS SENIOR DIPLOMAT RICHARD HOLBROOKE CONTINUES A BALKANS SHUTTLE MISSION WITH A NEW US PEACE INITIATIVE. THE FIVE-NATION CONTACT GROUP WILL DISCUSS THE RESULTS OF THE HOLBROOKE MISSION EARLY NEXT WEEK. CORRESPONDENT

DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS.  (8/18)

CROATIA / TUDJMAN -- CROATIAN PRESIDENT FRANJO TUDJMAN HAS DENIED

HE HAS MADE A SECRET DEAL WITH PRESIDENT SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC TO DIVIDE BOSNIA BETWEEN CROATIA AND SERBIA. HE SAYS HE WANTS ALL FIGHTING BETWEEN CROATS AND SERBS TO END, BUT THE CROATIAN ARMY HAS MASSED TEN THOUSAND TROOPS NEAR DUBROVNIK IN PREPARATION FOR AN EXPECTED ATTACK ON THE BOSNIAN SERBS. STRINGER DAVID FOLEY

REPORTS.  (8/18)

UN / RAPID REACTION FORCE -- UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL

BOUTROS BOUTROS-GHALI URGED THE SECURITY COUNCIL FRIDAY TO RESOLVE A DISPUTE OVER THE MOVEMENT IN CROATIA OF THE UNITED NATIONS RAPID REACTION FORCE. CORRESPONDENT CHRIS SIMKINS

REPORTS.  (8/18)

INDIA / TRAIN WRECK -- AT LEAST 350 PEOPLE IN NORTHERN INDIA WERE

KILLED IN A COLLISION BETWEEN TWO PASSENGER TRAINS, AND HUNDREDS

MORE ARE INJURED.  CORRESPONDENT MICHAEL DRUDGE REPORTS.  (8/21)

ISRAEL / BOMB -- A MASSIVE BOMB HAS RIPPED THROUGH A PASSENGER

BUS IN JERUSALEM, KILLING AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE AND INJURING 90. ISRAEL RADIO SAYS A CALLER FROM THE MILITANT ISLAMIC GROUP, HAMAS, CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK. STRINGER PATRICIA

GOLAN REPORTS FROM JERUSALEM.  (8/21)

IRAQI / DEFECTOR -- A TOP-RANKING IRAQI DEFECTOR, GENERAL HUSSEIN

KAMEL HASSAN, HAS TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS AGENCY SADDAM HUSSEIN HAD PLANS TO INVADE KUWAIT AND SAUDI ARABIA THIS MONTH. THE NEWS COINCIDES WITH AN INCREASED US MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE

REGION.  CORRESPONDENT LAURIE KASSMAN REPORTS.  (8/21)

US / TROOPS / IRAQ -- THE FIRST OF FOURTEEN HUNDRED US TROOPS ARE

HEADING FOR KUWAIT AND TRAINING EXERCISES MOVED UP FROM OCTOBER BECAUSE OF POTENTIALLY AGGRESSIVE IRAQI MILITARY MOVEMENTS. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS THE PRESENCE OF US GROUND, SEA AND AIR FORCES IN THE GULF REGION COME AS A SENIOR IRAQI MILITARY DEFECTOR SAYS IRAQI LEADER SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS PLANNING AN

INVASION OF KUWAIT AND SAUDI ARABIA.  (8/20)

IRAQ / UN -- IRAQ HAS HANDED OVER SOME INFORMATION ABOUT ITS

SECRET WEAPONS PROGRAMS, BUT CHIEF UN INSPECTOR ROLF EKEUS SAYS IT HAS TO BE CHECKED BEFORE HE CAN SAY IT IS ALL THAT HE NEEDS.

CORRESPONDENT LAURIE KASSMAN REPORTS.  (8/18)

CHINA / TIBET -- CHINA CONTINUES TO CRITICIZE TIBET'S DALAI LAMA

FOR WHAT IT SAYS ARE HIS ATTEMPTS TO SPLIT THE COUNTRY BY BACKING TIBETAN INDEPENDENCE. CORRESPONDENT GIL BUTLER REPORTS FROM BEIJING A CHINESE OFFICIAL WHO DEALS WITH TIBETAN ISSUES ALSO REJECTED THE DALAI LAMA'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE REINCARNATION OF THE SECOND RANKING LAMA, THE PANCHEN LAMA, HAD BEEN FOUND.

(8/21)

ASIA / NUKE -- THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

LODGED PROTESTS MONDAY WITH THE CHINESE AMBASSADORS TO THEIR COUNTRIES FOLLOWING BEIJING'S LATEST NUCLEAR TEST. CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS THE PROTESTS ARE THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY EAST ASIAN NATIONS TO STOP CHINESE AND FRENCH

NUCLEAR TESTING PROGRAMS IN THE REGION.  (8/21)

US / CHINA / WOMEN -- THE UNITED STATES SAYS IT IS CONCERNED THAT

SLOW PROCESSING OF VISAS BY CHINESE OFFICIALS MAY PREVENT THOUSANDS OF WOMEN FROM ATTENDING EVENTS RELATED TO THE UPCOMING WORLD UN CONFERENCE ON WOMEN. THE PROBLEM COMES AMID CONTINUED DEBATE OVER WHETHER PRESIDENT CLINTON'S WIFE, HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD HEAD THE US DELEGATION TO THE CONFERENCE OPENING EARLY

NEXT MONTH.  (8/18)

CONSERVATIVE WOMEN / BEIJING -- REPRESENTATIVES OF CONSERVATIVE

CHRISTIAN AND ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS ARE CALLING THE DRAFT PLATFORM FOR THE UPCOMING UN MEETING ON WOMEN A THREAT TO SOCIETY. STAFFER JANE KUCZYNSKI REPORTS ON THE VIEWS OF TWO WOMEN WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE NGO (NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION)

FORUM.  (8/18)

KOREA / FIRE -- POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CIRCUMSTANCES

SURROUNDING A FIRE WHICH KILLED 38 WOMEN AT A TRAINING CENTER NEAR SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA MONDAY. SHIN NA REPORTS AUTHORITIES

BELIEVE THE FIRE WAS A RESULT OF ARSON.  (8/21)

RUSSIA / CHECHNYA -- A GROUP OF CHECHEN REBELS HAS SEIZED A

POLICE STATION IN A CHECHEN VILLAGE, ARGUN. CORRESPONDENT ELIZABETH ARROTT IN MOSCOW REPORTS A TENSE STANDOFF BETWEEN THE

REBELS AND RUSSIAN FORCES IS NOW UNDERWAY.  (8/21)

LIBERIA / PEACE TALKS -- LIBERIA'S WARRING FACTIONS, MEETING IN

THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL, ABUJA, HAVE SIGNED A PEACE AGREEMENT CALLING FOR A CEASE-FIRE TO END MORE THAN FIVE YEARS OF CIVIL WAR AND THE START OF DEMOCRATIC RULE IN ONE YEAR. CORRESPONDENT

PURNELL MURDOCK REPORTS.  (8/20)

ZAIRE / PROTEST -- THOUSANDS OF ZAIREAN CITIZENS MARCHED THROUGH

KINSHASA FRIDAY TO PROTEST AGAINST PRIME MINISTER KENGO WA DONDO AND WHAT RADICAL OPPOSITION GROUPS CALL THE FOREIGN INFLUENCES KEEPING HIM IN POWER. CORRESPONDENT PURNELL MURDOCK REPORTS.

(8/18)

ALGERIA / HUMAN RIGHTS -- A US BASED HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION IS

CRITICIZING THE ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT FOR BLOCKING EFFORTS TO DOCUMENT ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY ALGERIAN SECURITY FORCES.

CORRESPONDENT LAURI NEFF REPORTS.  (8/18)

WHITE HOUSE / SAO TOME -- A WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL SAYS THE

MILITARY LEADERS OF SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE WILL FACE MORE SANCTIONS IF DEPOSED PRESIDENT MIGUEL TROVOADA IS NOT RETURNED TO POWER IMMEDIATELY. MR TROVOADA WAS OUSTED IN A MILITARY COUP

THIS WEEK.  STAFFER ANA GUEDES REPORTS.  (8/18)

WINDOWS 95 -- THE MICROSOFT CORPORATION IS EXPECTED TO SPEND UP TO 200 MILLION DOLLARS ON ADVERTISING ALONE FOR ITS NEW COMPUTER SOFTWARE PRODUCT, WINDOWS 95. IN A NON-TRADITIONAL WAY OF ADVERTISING COMPUTER PRODUCTS, MICROSOFT HAS PLANNED A WORLD-WIDE PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN DIRECTED AT A NEW GENERATION OF COMPUTER-USERS WHEN IT INTRODUCES ITS SOFTWARE ON THURSDAY.

STRINGER MONA GHUNEIM REPORTS.  (8/20)

COSTA RICA / STRIKE -- A MONTH-LONG STRIKE BY COSTA RICAN

TEACHERS IS OVER AS MANY SCHOOLS REOPENED FRIDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JULY 17TH. BUT CORRESPONDENT BILL RODGERS REPORTS A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF TEACHERS FEEL THE STRIKE SHOULD HAVE BEEN

CONTINUED.  (8/18)

ACS WRAP -- HEADS OF STATE AND TOP OFFICIALS FROM THIRTY NATIONS AND DEPENDENCIES IN THE CARIBBEAN ENDED TWO DAYS OF TALKS FRIDAY IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S CAPITAL, PORT OF SPAIN. CORRESPONDENT JIM TEEPLE REPORTS DELEGATES AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN STATES ALSO PLEDGED TO RESPECT HUMAN

RIGHTS AND SUPPORT DEMOCRACY.  (8/18)

VOA REPORTS IN INDIVIDUAL LANGUAGES:

INSIDE USA:

CANCER / TALK TO AMERICA -- TODAY'S ''TALK TO AMERICA' GUEST IS

CANCER SPECIALIST DR OTIS BRAWLEY, CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN A TRIAL PROGRAM DEVOTED TO THE PREVENTION OF PROSTATE CANCER. HE JOINS IN A DISCUSSION ON THE LATEST ADVANCES IN TREATING AND CURING CANCERS, AND WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT HOW TO PREVENT THEM. (ENGLISH

8/21)

COMPUTER SECURITY / POLICY -- REPORTER ANDREW BAIRD SPEAKS WITH

ANN ENRIGHT SHEPHERD, A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT'S NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY ABOUT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL TO RELAX GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, WHICH ALLOWED INCREASED EXPORTS OF CERTAIN

SOFTWARE PRODUCTS LAST YEAR.  (ENGLISH NEWS PROGRAMS 8/18)

FEDERAL / STATE BUDGET -- US ECONOMIST DR VLADIMIR TREML OF DUKE

UNIVERSITY AND NATALIE CLARKSON DISCUSS THE PROS AND CONS OF TRANSFERRING SOME PROGRAMS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE STATES, AS WELL AS THE RELATIVE HEALTH OF THE FEDERAL AND STATE

BUDGETS.  (RUSSIAN 8/20)

LABOR UNIONS -- TRADE UNION SPECIALIST CONSTANTINE SIMES AND NATALIE CLARKSON TALK ABOUT EXPECTED CUTS IN OSHA'S BUDGET AND

THEIR POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES.  (RUSSIAN 8/19)

VJ DAY CELEBRATION -- THE CELEBRATION IN TIMES SQUARE ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JAPAN'S SURRENDER IN WWII REPORTED BY NY

CORRESPONDENT ALEC BATCHAN.  (RUSSIAN 8/20)

IRANIAN / ISLAMIC PHILOSOPHY -- STAFFER MOHAMMAD RAZAVI REPORTS

ON A TALK BY PHILOSOPHER MOSTAVA HERAVI ABOUT THE THOUGHT AND TEACHING OF THE 13TH CENTURY MYSTIC, MOWLANA JALA AL-DIN RUMI. DR HERAVI WAS SPEAKING TO THE IRANIAN 'PEN SOCIETY' OF LOS

ANGELES.  (FARSI 8/20)

DATA SATELLITES -- FARSI STAFFER MANSOUR FRACYON INTERVIEWED IRANIAN-BORN SCIENTIST NADER MODANLOO, FOUNDER OF FIRST ANALYSIS INC, ABOUT THE DATA SATELLITES HE HAS DESIGNED AND BUILT. (FARSI

8/20)

SMALL BUSINESS / US -- MOHAMMAD RAZAVI REPORTS ON A GATHERING IN

LOS ANGELES BY SEVERAL IRANIAN-AMERICAN INVESTMENT EXPERTS WHO OFFER THEIR ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WANT TO GO INTO BUSINESS FOR

THEMSELVES.  (FARSI 8/20)

WORLD MARTIAL ARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS -- THE WORLD WUSHU-KUNGFU CHAMPIONSHIPS OPENED IN BALTIMORE WITH 9,000 ATHLETES, COACHES AND SPORTS OFFICIALS FROM 54 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING. REPORTER CATHY HU COVERED THE EVENT INTERVIEWING TAN KI NG, PRESIDENT, US NATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION; ZHANG YAOTING, HEAD COACH, CHINESE WUSHU TEAM; ATHLETES FROM THE HONG KONG, TAIWAN AND

POLAND TEAMS.  (CANTONESE 8/20)

INSIDE AFRICA:

ZAIRE / REFUGEES -- THE GOVERNMENT OF ZAIRE HAS BEGUN THE FORCED

REPATRIATION OF REFUGEES TO RWANDA. REPORTER WILLIAM EAGLE SPOKE WITH A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BURUNDIAN HUTU, JEROME NDIJO OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY IN UVIRA, ZAIRE, AND FERNANDO DEL MUNDO OF THE UNHCR IN GENEVA. (ENGLISH TO

AFRICA 8/21)

ZAIRE / PROTEST -- THOUSANDS OF ZAIREANS MARCHED FRIDAY IN THE

STREETS OF THE CAPITAL, KINSHASA, TO PROTEST THE SUPPORT GIVEN THE KENGO GOVERNMENT BY WESTERN POWERS, NAMELY THE US, FRANCE AND BELGIUM. DEMONSTRATORS SAID THE MANDATE OF PRIME MINISTER KENGO WA DONDO EXPIRED LAST MONTH AND HE SHOULD LEAVE HIS POST IN FAVOR OF OPPOSITION LEADER ETIENNE TSHISEKEDI. FRENCH TO AFRICA INTERN PIERRE MVEMBA SPOKE TO VALENTIN MUBAKE, OPPOSITION OFFICIAL AND MEMBER OF THE ZAIREAN TRANSITION PARLIAMENT WHO SAID THE

DEMONSTRATION WAS SUCCESSFUL.  (FRENCH 8/18)

NIGERIA / OPPOSITION / SAO TOME -- A SPOKESMAN FOR NIGERIA'S

NADECO OPPOSITION WARNS THE PEOPLE OF SAO TOME NOT TO SUPPORT THE MILITARY COUP LEADERS -- OR THEY MAY NEVER LEAVE OFFICE. REPORTER WILLIAM EAGLE SPOKE WITH NADECO LEADER DAN SULEIMAN.

(ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/18)

NIGERIA / CONSTITUTION -- NIGERIA'S MILITARY GOVERNMENT IS

SPONSORING A NATIONWIDE DEBATE ON A NEW CONSTITUTION. FORMER CIVILIAN PRESIDENT SHEHU SHAGARI USED THE PUBLIC DEBATE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE MILITARY. REPORTER CHINEDU OFFOR HAS DETAILS

FROM LAGOS.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/21)

NIGERIA / HUMAN RIGHTS -- NIGERIAN SECURITY AGENTS FAIL TO

PRODUCE PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST BEKO RANSOME-KUTI IN COURT. THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SAYS IT HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER THOSE WHO ARRESTED HIM LAST MONTH. REPORTER CHINEDU OFFOR HAS THE STORY

FROM LAGOS.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA  8/18)

NIGERIA / NIGER -- THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS DONATED MORE THAN

2.6 BILLION FRANCS CFA TO THE REPUBLIC OF NIGER. THE DONATION IS MEANT TO HELP THE COUNTRY RECOUP FROM ITS ECONOMIC CRISES. HAUSA STRINGER LAWAL BOUCAR REPORTS THAT SIMILAR DONATIONS WERE MADE BY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT IN 1992 WHEN THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT OF IBRAHIM BABANGIDA, DONATED PETROL WORTH SIX BILLION FRANCS TO THE

TRANSITION GOVERNMENT OF NIGER.  (HAUSA 8/18)

NIGER / VISIT -- FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF NIGER REPUBLIC, SHEHU

AHMADU, WHO CHAIRED THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE THAT USHERED IN THE PRESENT DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IN NIGER VISITED THE COUNTRY, WHERE HE ATTEMPTED TO TALK TO THE LEADERSHIP ENTANGLED IN A POLITICAL DEADLOCK. HAUSA STRINGER LAWAN BOUCAR INTERVIEWED MR. AHMADU.

(HAUSA 8/21)

LIBERIA / ABUJA PEACE ACCORD --  LIBERIAN WARRING PARTIES

SATURDAY SIGNED AN AGREEMENT IN THE NIGERIAN CAPITAL, ABUJA, TO END NEARLY SIX YEARS OF CIVIL WAR. VICTORY REFFELL IS THE INFORMATION SPOKESWOMAN FOR CHARLES TAYLOR'S NATIONAL PATRIOTIC FRONT OF LIBERIA. REPORTER JAMES BUTTY ASKED HER FOR DETAILS OF

THE AGREEMENT.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA  8/20)

MALAWI / BANDA -- THE WIDOWS OF FOUR SLAIN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

TESTIFIED IN THE TRIAL OF FORMER MALAWI PRESIDENT KAMUZU BANDA. MR. BANDA AND HIS AIDES WERE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO MURDER THE MEN IN 1983. REPORTER JULIUS KALIYA HAS DETAILS FROM

BLANTYRE.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/18)

AFRICA / NABJ AWARDS -- THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK

JOURNALISTS' ANNUAL MEETING CONTINUES IN THE NORTHEASTERN US CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. REPORTER JAMES BUTTY HAS BEEN COVERING THE MEETING. HE SAYS AFRICA WON BIG AT THE AWARDS

CEREMONY.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/19)

SUDAN / REBELS -- SUDAN HAS ASKED THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR

REFUGEES TO STOP THE DRAFTING OF REFUGEES FROM NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES BY THE SUDANESE LIBERATION ARMY. STAFFER THABET

EL-BARDICY REPORTS FROM CAIRO.  (ARABIC 8/20)

SAO TOME / COUP -- FOUR DAYS AFTER THE COUP THAT OUSTED PRESIDENT

TROVOADA AND THE MLSTP GOVERNMENT, DEPOSED MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS RAFAEL BRANCO SAYS HE IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE RESTORATION OF DEMOCRACY. MR BRANCO MADE THE REMARK IN AN INTERVIEW WITH

REPORTER LUISA PIETTE.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/18)

ZAMBIA / VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN -- THE YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN

ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA HAS ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF A RECENT STUDY ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. REPORTER KELLYS KAUNDA HAS DETAILS

FROM LUSAKA.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/18)

ZIMBABWE / WATER SHORTAGES -- GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS PROPOSED IDEAS

FOR CONTROLLING ZIMBABWE'S WATER RESOURCES AT THIS WEEK'S MEETING OF THE ZIMBABWE FARMERS UNION CONGRESS. REPORTER TREVOR GRUNDY

HAS DETAILS FROM HARARE.  (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/25)

LIBERIA PEACE TALKS / ABUJA -- THE LIBERIAN PEACE TALKS TAKING

PLACE IN ABUJA, NIGERIA ARE ONCE AGAIN AT AN IMPASSE DUE TO DISAGREEMENTS OVER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT. HAUSA STRINGER BABANGIDA JIBRIN REPORTS THAT FOREIGN MINISTERS OF ECOWAS' EIGHT-MEMBER COMMITTEE ON LIBERIAN PEACE AND REPRESENTATIVES OF LIBERIA'S WARRING FACTIONS HAVE ARRIVED IN NIGERIA'S CAPITAL FOR THE MEETING BUT THE LEADER OF ULIMO-KROMA,

ALHAJI KROMA WAS NOT PARTICIPATING.  (HAUSA  8/18)

ETHIOPIA / PARLIAMENT OPENS -- THE NEW ETHIOPIAN PARLIAMENT WHICH

REPLACES THE FOUR-YEAR OLD TRANSITIONAL COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES OPENED MONDAY IN ADDIS ABABA. ONE OF THE FIRST ITEMS OF BUSINESS THE LEGISLATIVE BODY IS EXPECTED TO TACKLE IS ELECTING THE NEW PRIME MINISTER WHO WILL BE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND THE PRESIDENT. STRINGER TAFESSE KIFLE

REPORTS.  (AMHARIC 8/21)

OAU / BEIJING WOMEN'S CONFERENCE -- ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE OAU

DELEGATION TO THE BEIJING WOMEN'S CONFERENCE IS HIRUT BEFEKADU, HEAD OF THE WOMEN'S UNIT IN THE AFRICAN ORGANIZATION. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH AMHARIC STAFFER KONJIT TAYE, MS. HIRUT ELABORATED ON WHAT AGENDA AFRICA WILL BE PUSHING AT THE CONFERENCE.

(AMHARIC 8/21)

AFRICA / WOMEN -- STAFFER MAIMOUNA MILLS INTERVIEWS ALGERIAN

JOURNALIST AMEL BOUMEDIENE WHO WAS RECENTLY IN THE US AND VISITED VOA'S HEADQUARTERS. MS BOUMEDIENE WHO HAS BEEN THREATENED BY MUSLIM MILITANTS AND WHO HAS SEEN OTHER JOURNALISTS KILLED SAYS

SHE WILL NOT LEAVE HER COUNTRY.  (FRENCH 8/18)

AFRICA / DRUGS -- STAFFER MAHAMAT AHMAT ADAMOU REPORTS ON THE

PROBLEM OF DRUG TRAFFICKING IN AFRICA. ADAMOU INTERVIEWED INTERPOL OFFICIAL QUILICI WHO SAID DRUGS FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA DESTINED FOR DISTRIBUTION IN EUROPE AND THE US ARE OFTEN TRANSITED THROUGH AFRICA. MR. QUILICI SPOKE OF THE MANY METHODS USED BY TRAFFICKERS, ESPECIALLY NIGERIANS TO HIDE THE DRUGS. STRINGER GENEVIEVE MAURER AND STAFFER SAMUEL KIENDREBEOGO REPORTS THE OPENING OF SOUTH AFRICA TO THE WORLD HAS MEANT AN

INCREASE OF DRUG USE AND DRUG TRAFFICKING.  (FRENCH 8/18)

AFRICA / WATER RESOURCES -- EXPERTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD MET

LAST WEEK IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN FOR A WATER RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. STAFFER JEAN-CLAUDE ANDRE INTERVIEWED WORLD BANK OFFICIAL GUY LEMOIGNE WHO WAS ATTENDING THE STOCKHOLM CONFERENCE AND SPOKE OF THE CREATION OF A GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP. MR LEMOIGNE ALSO UNDERLINED THE NEED FOR A MORE COORDINATED APPROACH TO THE PROBLEMS OF WATER SCARCITY IN

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY IN AFRICA.  (FRENCH 8/18)

WORLD BANK / LOANS -- STAFFER JEAN-CLAUDE ANDRE INTERVIEWED ANNIE

CHIDEZERO ABOUT THE NEW MICRO LOANS THAT THE WORLD BANK RECENTLY GRANTED THE WORLD'S POOREST WOMEN. MS. CHIDEZERO SAID THESE

LOANS CAME WITH HELP ON STARTING SMALL BUSINESSES.  (FRENCH 8/18)

IVORY COAST / ELECTIONS --STRINGER MOHAMED ELBOU REPORTS FROM

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN HAS NOT OFFICIALLY STARTED BUT ELECTIONS ARE THE ISSUE OF THE DAY.

(FRENCH 8/21)

GUINEA / OPPOSITION STRIKE -- STAFFER ROGER-GUY FOLLY INTERVIEWED

GUINEAN OPPOSITION LEADER ALPHA CONDE WHO SAYS OPPOSITION PARTIES WILL LAUNCH A THREE-DAY STRIKE IN CITIES BEGINNING MONDAY TO PROTEST ELECTORAL FRAUD AND FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO SERIOUSLY

UNDERTAKE DEMOCRATIC REFORMS.  (FRENCH 8/21)

REGGAE / MUSICIAN GREGORY ISAACS -- THE NEW RELEASE OF REGGAE

ARTIST GREGORY ISAACS FEATURES A SWEET BLEND OF SMOOTH VOCALS AND LOVERS' ROCK STYLE ARRANGEMENTS. REPORTER VERLA WILEY INTERVIEWED ISAACS AND FEATURES SELECTIONS FROM THE ALBUM.

(ENGLISH TO AFRICA 8/21)

INSIDE MIDEAST:

IRAQ / UN -- ROLF EKEUS, THE UN DISARMAMENT CHIEF FOR IRAQ, SAID

BAGHDAD HAS PROVIDED VALUABLE NEW DATA ABOUT ITS WEAPONS PROGRAMS, BUT MOST LIKELY NOT IN TIME FOR THE NEXT UN SANCTIONS

REVIEW.  CORRESPONDENT MAHMOUD ZAWAWI REPORTS.  (ARABIC 8/20)

IRAQ / OPPOSITION -- AN IRAQI OPPOSITION LEADER WHO LIVES IN

EUROPE SAID IRAQI OPPOSITION WILL ESCALATE ITS MILITARY OPERATIONS INSIDE IRAQ TO HELP OVERTHROW THE CURRENT REGIME.

STRINGER ALI MAAN REPORTS FROM VIENNA.  (ARABIC 8/19)

EGYPT / US / IRAQ -- UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

ROBERT PELLETREAU IS IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT. HE DISCUSSED THE SITUATION IN IRAQ WITH PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK. STAFFER THABET

EL-BARDICY REPORTS FROM CAIRO.  (ARABIC 8/19)

MOROCCO / FLOODS -- RESCUE OPERATIONS CONTINUE IN MOROCCO'S

MARRAKECH REGION WHERE FLOODS HAVE LEFT MORE THAN 160 PEOPLE DEAD. STRINGER MOHAMED BENDEDDOUCHE REPORTS FROM RABAT. (ARABIC

8/19)

JORDAN / IRAQ / GULF -- JORDAN'S KING HUSSEIN SAID THE RELATIONS

BETWEEN HIS COUNTRY AND SAUDI ARABIA ARE NORMALIZING. HE ALSO SAID THE US DID NOT ASK JORDAN TO STOP ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH

IRAQ.  STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC 8/20)

JORDAN / ISRAEL / ENERGY AGREEMENT -- JORDAN AND ISRAEL HAVE

SIGNED AN ENERGY AGREEMENT WHICH INCLUDES COMMON RESEARCH PROGRAMS. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC

8/20)

JORDAN / IRAQ -- JORDAN SAID IT WILL NOT SEVER ITS ECONOMIC TIES

WITH IRAQ NOR WILL DO ANYTHING TO JEOPARDIZE ITS OWN INTERESTS, BECAUSE JORDAN DOES NOT FEEL THREATENED BY IRAQ. STRINGER

SULEIMAN KHAIRALLAH REPORTS FROM AMMAN.  (ARABIC 8/19)

ALGERIA / ELECTIONS -- THE NOVEMBER 16TH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED IN ALGERIA. STAFFER THABER EL-BARDICY REPORTS FROM CAIRO. MR. EL-BARDICY ALSO DISCUSSED ALGERIA'S UPCOMING ELECTIONS WITH DR. HUSSEIN AHMED AMEEN, FORMER EGYPTIAN

AMBASSADOR TO ALGERIA.  (ARABIC 8/20)

TURKEY / SAUDI EXECUTIONS -- A TURKISH DELEGATION HAS RETURNED

FROM SAUDI ARABIA AFTER PLEADING FOR CLEMENCY FOR TURKISH DEATH-ROW INMATES IN SAUDI PRISONS. RECENT BEHEADINGS OF FOUR TURKISH CITIZENS CONVICTED OF SMUGGLING STIMULANT DRUGS DREW STRONG PUBLIC AND POLITICAL REACTIONS IN TURKEY. MEMBERS OF THE TURKISH DELEGATION SAY SAUDI OFFICIALS PROMISED TO STOP EXECUTIONS OF TURKISH CITIZENS FOR NOW. STRINGER NUSRET OZGUL

REPORTS FROM TURKEY.  (TURKISH 8/21)

ISRAEL / TERRORISM / PEACE PROCESS -- STAFFER MANSOUR FRACYON

INTERVIEWED DAVID MENASHERI, A TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROFESSOR, WHO WAS BORN IN IRAN. DR. MENASHERI TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF TERRORIST ATTACKS. HE BELIEVES THAT ISRAEL SHOULD NOT LET THESE ACTS STOP THE PEACE PROCESS AND THAT THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THEY WILL NOT TOLERATE TERRORIST ACTS AND MOVE SWIFTLY AGAINST TERRORISTS.

(FARSI 8/21)

IRANIAN FILM -- FARSI STAFFER KATAYOUN BEGLARI INTERVIEWED IRANIAN DIRECTOR MS RAKHSHAN BANI ETEMAD, A BRONZE MEDAL WINNER AT THIS YEAR'S LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL. MS BANI ETEMAD TALKS ABOUT

HER CAREER AND THE PRIZE WINNING FILM.  (FARSI 8/17)

INSIDE CENTRAL ASIA:

AZERBAIJAN / US -- US STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL THOMAS MCKAY HAS

VISITED MANY OF THE REFUGEE CAMPS IN AZERBAIJAN. AFTER HIS TOUR, HE GAVE A NEWS CONFERENCE ABOUT US GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT HUMANITARIAN AID TO AZERBAIJAN. AZERI STRINGER RAFAEL HUSAINOV

REPORTS.  (AZERI 8/21)

INSIDE SOUTH ASIA:

CHINA NUKE / REACT -- CHINA'S SECOND UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TEST

THIS YEAR HAS EVOKED STRONG NEGATIVE REACTION IN INDIA. STRINGER KL NANDAN REPORTS THAT SEVERAL COMMENTATORS RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF THE RECENTLY EXTENDED NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY WHEN MEMBER COUNTRIES CONTINUE NUCLEAR TESTING AT WILL.

(HINDI 8/18)

KASHMIR / HOSTAGES -- PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTANI KASHMIR, SARDAR

ABDUL QAIYYUM KHAN IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER QAMAR ABBAS JAFRI CONDEMNED THE KILLING OF A NORWEGIAN HOSTAGE BY THE AL FARAN MILITANT GROUP IN INDIAN KASHMIR. AND HE DEMANDED THAT THE REMAINING FOUR WESTERN HOSTAGES BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT

CONDITIONS.  (URDU 8/17)

KARACHI / VIOLENCE -- THE LEADER OF THE MQM'S (MOHAJIR QUOMI

MOVEMENT) NEGOTIATING TEAM AJMAL DEHLAVI HAS MADE AN OFFER TO THE GOVERNMENT'S TEAM LED BY FEDERAL LAW MINISTER NABIDAD KHAN TO RESUME THE DEADLOCKED NEGOTIATIONS ON ENDING VIOLENCE IN KARACHI. STAFFER RAZI AHMAD RIZVI REPORTS THAT THE LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT TEAM, NABIDAD KHAN WELCOMED THE OFFER AND REAFFIRMED THE GOVERNMENT'S DESIRE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THROUGH

NEGOTIATIONS.  (URDU 8/20)

PAKISTAN / POLITICS -- PAKISTAN'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER GHULAM

DASTAGIR KHAN DESCRIBES THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION IN PAKISTAN AS ALARMING. HE SPOKE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER YASMIN JAMIL. SHE ALSO INTERVIEWED THE LEADER OF JAMAATE ISLAMI PARTY, PROFESSOR GHAFOOR AHMAD WHO TOLD HER THAT NEITHER THE GOVERNMENT NOR THE MQM ARE SERIOUS IN THEIR TALKS TO

NORMALIZE THE SITUATION IN KARACHI.  (URDU 8/20)

ENRON / FUTURE IMPACT -- STAFFER SUBHASH VOHRA INTERVIEWS FORMER

US AMBASSADOR TO INDIA, WILLIAM CLARK, SPOKESPERSON KELLY FARR WHOSE COMPANY, CSM CORP. IS AWAITING GUARANTEES FOR POWER PROJECTS IN TWO INDIAN STATES, AND RAJIV KHANNA THE PRESIDENT OF THE INDIAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, ON THE IMPACT OF THE CANCELLATION OF ENRON POWER PROJECT ON FUTURE FOREIGN INVESTMENT

IN INDIA.  (HINDI 8/18)

ENRON / SECOND PROJECT -- ON THE HEELS OF THE CANCELLATION OF

ENRON POWER PROJECT BY MAHARASHTRA STATE, CHIEF MINISTER OF ANOTHER INDIAN STATE, RAJASTHAN, HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE INTENDS TO INVITE FRESH TENDERS FOR A SOLAR POWER PROJECT FOR WHICH ENRON'S

BID WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION.  STRINGER REPORT.  (HINDI 8/18)

INDIA / RELIGION -- THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA HAS DECIDED NOT TO

INTERFERE IN GOVERNMENT'S DECISION REGARDING RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES. THE MATTER CAME UP FOR CONSIDERATION BECAUSE OF A HINDU GROUP'S PLAN TO HOLD A RELIGIOUS RITUAL NEAR A MOSQUE IN THE CITY OF MATHURA. STRINGER NANDAN ALSO REPORTS THE REACTIONS

FROM HINDU AND MUSLIM RELIGIOUS LEADERS.  (HINDI 8/18)

BANGLA POLITICS -- THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN BANGLADESH IS GETTING MORE COMPLICATED AS THE RULING AND OPPOSITION PARTIES REMAIN DIVIDED OVER THE HOLDING OF ELECTIONS UNDER A NEUTRAL CARETAKER GOVERNMENT. STRINGER ZAHURUL ALAM TALKED TO SEVERAL POLITICAL LEADERS AND REPORTS THAT BOTH SIDES ARE MOVING TOWARDS

CONFRONTATION AND NO COMPROMISE IS IN SIGHT.  (BANGLA 8/18)

MUSLIM GROUPS / BEIJING CONFERENCE -- WOMEN REPRESENTATIVES OF

THE INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC ORGANISATIONS AT A NEWS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON EXPRESSED THEIR CONCERN REGARDING THE DRAFT PLATFORM TO BE DEBATED AT THE UN CONFERENCE ON WOMEN IN BEIJING. THE MUSLIM WOMEN SAY THAT THE DOCUMENT'S LANGUAGE 'THREATENS THE FABRIC OF THE SOCIETY.' STAFFER MASUMA FAHMI REPORTS. (BANGLA

8/19)

INDIA / MALAYSIA / HOCKEY -- INDIA'S FIELD HOCKEY TEAM HAS WON

THE FIVE TEST MATCH SERIES WITH MALAYSIA BY 3-1. THE TOURING INDIAN TEAM DEFEATED HOST MALAYSIA IN THE LAST MATCH PLAYED IN KUALA LUMPUR BY THREE GOALS. STRINGER JASDEV SINGH REPORTS.

(HINDI 8/19)

INSIDE EAST ASIA:

HONG KONG / ECONOMY -- HONG KONG'S FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES

REACHED $53.6 BILLION DOLLARS, RANKING THE TERRITORY'S RESERVE THE SEVENTH LARGEST IN THE WORLD, OR SECOND ONLY TO SINGAPORE IN PER CAPITA TERMS. HOWEVER, THE GAP BETWEEN AFFLUENT AND POOR CONTINUES TO WIDEN, WITH 230,000 HOUSEHOLDS MAKING LESS THAN HK$4,000 PER MONTH WHICH IS UNDER SUBSISTENCE LEVEL. REPORT BY

QIDE HE AND YEUNG WAI LING.  (CANTONESE 8/21)

TAIWAN / DEMONSTRATION -- ONLY 3,000 PEOPLE JOINED A "WE ARE

TAIWANESE, NOT CHINESE" DEMONSTRATION IN TAIPEI ORGANIZED BY MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY BUT UNSUPPORTED BY THE THE PARTY'S LEADERSHIP. ANALYSES BY TIMOTHY WONG, RESEARCH COORDINATOR, CHINESE UNIVERSITY; LAWRENCE YUM, CHAIRMAN, YYS DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE; PROF. JOSEPH CHENG, CITY UNIVERSITY.

REPORTER LAWRENCE NG HAS DETAILS.  (CANTONESE 8/21)

CHINA / REFORM OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM -- CHINA'S HEALTH CARE

SYSTEM IS SAID TO BE IN A SHAMBLES THANKS TO ON-GOING MARKET-ORIENTED ECONOMIC REFORM. MANY RURAL RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE LIVING IN POOR AND REMOTE AREAS ARE UNCOVERED. IN THE CITIES, THE LABOR INSURANCE SYSTEM IS ALSO NEAR EXTINCTION, MAKING HEALTH CARE BEYOND THE REACH OF MANY ELDERLY AND SICKLY. THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT PROMISED RECENTLY TO GIVE EVERY CITIZEN SOME FORM OF HEALTH INSURANCE BY THE YEAR 2000. J LUO INTERVIEWED KEVIN CHEN, ASSOCIATE RESEARCH SCIENTIST, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND XIAONING FAN FROM YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL.

(MANDARIN 8/21)

HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA / WOMEN'S CONFERENCE -- 'HUMAN RIGHTS IN

CHINA' (HRC) RELEASED TWO REPORTS OUTLINING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES SUFFERED BY CHINESE WOMEN, INCLUDING FORCED ABORTIONS. THE REPORTS CALL ON THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO ADOPT MEASURES TO RAISE WOMEN'S SOCIAL STATUS AND PROTECT WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND INTERESTS, AND ALLOW PRIVATE WOMEN'S ORGANIZATIONS TO LAWFULLY EXIST. STRINGER FANG BING SPOKE WITH SOPHIA WOODMAN OF THE HRC EXECUTIVE

COMMITTEE.  (MANDARIN 8/20)

THAI / BUSINESS EXECUTIVES -- REPORTER NITTAYA INTERVIEWS DR.

SANGA SABHASRI, HEAD OF KATSETSART UNIVERSITY'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES, AND TWO FACULTY MEMBERS WHO BROUGHT 20 BANGKOK BUSINESS LEADERS TO THE US FOR LECTURES ON STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AT

HARVARD, YALE AND GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITIES.  (THAI 8/20)

DISSIDENT POET SPEAKS OUT -- REPORTER HOAN N. DZUONG INTERVIEWED ONE OF VIETNAM'S MOST RENOWNED POETS, MAI TRUNG TINH, RELEASED FROM ELEVEN YEARS IN PRISON FOR ADVOCATING GREATER DEMOCRACY IN

VIETNAM.  HE HASN'T CHANGED HIS MIND.  (VIETNAMESE 8/19)

VIET STUDENTS IN RUSSIA -- MOSCOW STRINGER TO HA GIANG REPORTS ON THE LIFE OF VIETNAMESE STUDENTS ATTENDING RUSSIAN UNIVERSITIES. MOST HAVE ENROLLED SO THEY CAN STAY IN THE COUNTRY RATHER THAN

RETURN HOME.  (VIETNAMESE 8/19)

RETURNED BOAT PEOPLE -- IN VIETNAM, REPORTER SON NGUYEN INTERVIEWS BOAT PEOPLE FROM HONG KONG CAMPS WHO HAVE RETURNED UNDER THE UNHCR VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION PROGRAM. (VIETNAMESE

8/19)

TAXI DRIVERS / RIOTS -- OVER 20 PEOPLE WERE WOUNDED AND 300

VEHICLES DESTROYED DURING TAXI DRIVER RIOTS IN TAIPEI EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. STRINGER ZHANG YONGTAI SPOKE WITH NEW PARTY LEGISLATOR, WANG JIANXUAN, WHO BLAMED THE DISORDER ON THE INCOMPETENCE OF THE KMT GOVERNMENT, AND STATE POLICY FOUNDATION DIRECTOR HUANG HUIZHEN, WHO ARGUED THAT TAIWAN COULD NOT BE CALLED DISORDERLY JUST BECAUSE OF ONE ISOLATED INCIDENT.

(MANDARIN 8/18)

WW II / US FLYERS / CHINA -- THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN PILOTS AND

SOME CHINESE PILOTS FLEW OVER THE HIMALAYAS TO SUPPLY THE CHINESE ARMY BY AIR AFTER THE JAPANESE OCCUPIED BURMA AND CUT OFF SUPPLY LINES DURING WW II. THE MOUNTAINS, WEATHER, AND JAPANESE FIGHTERS CONTRIBUTED TO THE LOSS OF 1500 PILOTS AND 468 AMERICAN AIRPLANES FROM 1942 TO 1945. STAFFER DING LI SPOKE WITH PROF. TK

TANG ABOUT THE OPERATION.  (MANDARIN 8/18)

BEIJING CONFERENCE / VISAS -- CHINA DENIED OR IS DELAYED ISSUING

VISAS TO A NUMBER OF GROUPS REGISTERED TO ATTEND THE NGO FORUM. THOSE CONSIDERED HOSTILE WERE DENIED ACCESS TO THE CONFERENCE, WHILE OTHERS HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN A REASON, OR STILL ARE EAGERLY WAITING FOR AN ANSWER. THE UN ATTRIBUTES THE VISA PROBLEMS TO BUREAUCRATIC OVERLOAD. REPORTER XYY SPOKE WITH JULIE BERRIAULT OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR UNREPRESENTED NATIONS AND PEOPLES AND

NICOLA DANIEL OF THE IMF.  (MANDARIN 8/18)

HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA / LIU GANG -- ACCORDING TO INFORMATION

PROVIDED BY "HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA", CHINESE DISSIDENT LIU GANG WAS BEATEN AND ROBBED BY LOCAL POLICEMEN IN HIS HOMETOWN OF LIAOYUAN, JILIN PROVINCE ON JULY 31. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER CHEN JIAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF "HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA" SAID THAT THE PUBLIC SECURITY BUREAU IN LIAOYUAN HAS REFUSED TO

CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION INTO LIU GANG'S CASE.  (MANDARIN 8/19)

CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS / MILITARY OPTIONS -- ACCORDING TO

PANELISTS KAO LANG OF TAIWAN UNIVERSITY, RESEARCHER OF MILITARY AFFAIRS PING KEFU, AND EDMOND CHOU OF THE "WORLD JOURNAL WEEKLY", CHINA MAY WAGE POLITICAL, DIPLOMATIC, ECONOMIC, AND INFORMATION WARFARE AGAINST TAIWAN. THE PANELISTS ARE DIVIDED ON WHETHER THE TENSION WILL ESCALATE, BUT THEY AGREE THAT CHINA'S HARDLINERS ARE IN A STRONGER POSITION NOW. STAFFER CHIEN WEI REPORTS.

(MANDARIN 8/19)

CHINA / MISSILE TESTS / REACTION -- CORRESPONDENT HE PING REPORTS

ON THE REACTION IN

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