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Voice of America Digest, 5 October 1995

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

Voice of America Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] !!! VOA DIGEST - OCTOBER 5, 1995 !!!


  • [01] !!! VOA DIGEST - OCTOBER 5, 1995 !!!

    DATE=10/5/95
    TYPE=ADVISORY
    CONTENT=

    VOA DIGEST - OCTOBER 5, 1995

    10/5/95

    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 / CEASE-FIRE -- THE BOSNIAN SERB LEADER, RODOVAN KARADZIC, SAYS THE SERBS ARE READY TO ACCEPT A CEASE FIRE THROUGHOUT BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. AMERICAN PEACE ENVOY RICHARD HOLBROOKE IS HOLDING MORE TALKS WITH THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT ON A TRUCE. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS FROM ZAGREB. (10/5)

    RUSSIA / BOSNIA -- RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER ANDREI KOZYREV HAS CONDEMNED NEW NATO AIR STRIKES ON BOSNIAN-SERB MISSILE SITES. BUT, AS CORRESPONDENT PETER COLLINS REPORTS FROM MOSCOW, RUSSIA'S REACTION THIS TIME IS MUCH MILDER THAN ITS HARSH ATTACKS LAST MONTH ON NATO'S AIR CAMPAIGN IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. (10/5)

    US / RUSSIA / NATO -- US DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY WILL MEET RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER PAVEL GRACHEV IN GENEVA THIS WEEKEND TO DISCUSS BOSNIA AND FUTURE RUSSIAN COOPERATION WITH NATO. US-RUSSIAN DEFENSE TIES HAVE BEEN STRAINED OVER MOSCOW'S CRITICISM OF THE NATO BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN BOSNIA. CORRESPONDENT DAVID GOLLUST HAS DETAILS FROM THE PENTAGON. (10/5)

    NATO / BOSNIA -- NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS HAVE BEGUN A TWO-DAY MEETING TO PLAN FOR ENFORCING A BOSNIAN PEACE AGREEMENT, WHICH COULD FOLLOW A CEASE-FIRE. CORRESPONDENT DAVID SWAN REPORTS FROM THE CONFERENCE SITE IN THE MID-ATLANTIC CITY OF WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA. (10/5)

    NATO / O'NITER -- US DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY HAS DENIED REPORTS THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS SHARPLY DIVIDED OVER HOW MANY PEACEKEEPING TROOPS TO SEND TO BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. MR. PERRY AND OTHER DEFENSE MINISTERS ARE DISCUSSING THE BALKANS AND NATO EXPANSION AT A TWO-DAY MEETING IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA. CORRESPONDENT DAVID SWAN HAS DETAILS. (10/4)

    YUGO / SITREP -- NATO SAYS ITS WARPLANES HAVE ATTACKED THREE BOSNIAN SERB ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE BATTERIES IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA AFTER SERB RADAR LOCKED ON TO THEM. AT THE SAME TIME, THE AMERICAN PEACE ENVOY, RICHARD HOLBROOKE, AND THE SERBIAN PRESIDENT ARE DISCUSSING WHAT MR. HOLBROOKE CALLS A SERIOUS BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT PROPOSAL FOR A CEASE-FIRE IN BOSNIA. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS. (10/4)

    BOSNIA / WRAP -- US PEACE ENVOY RICHARD HOLBROOKE IS IN BELGRADE WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING A DAY OF TALKS IN SARAJEVO. CORRESPONDENT BARRY WOOD REPORTS MR. HOLBROOKE SAYS THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT PRESENTED SERIOUS PROPOSALS FOR REACHING A CEASE FIRE. (10/4/95)

    CLAES / BOSNIA -- NATO SECRETARY GENERAL WILLY CLAES HAS APPEALED TO THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN A NATO PEACEKEEPING FORCE ONCE A SETTLEMENT IS REACHED IN THE CONFLICT IN BOSNIA. CORRESPONDENT JANE BERGER REPORTS MR. CLAES SPOKE TO REPORTERS WEDNESDAY AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB IN WASHINGTON. (10/4)

    MACEDONIA / UNGA -- MACEDONIAN FOREIGN MINISTER STEVO CRVENKOVSKI ASSURED THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEDNESDAY THAT THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON HIS PRESIDENT THIS WEEK WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH MACEDONIA'S MAIN OBJECTIVES -- INCLUDING NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBORING GREECE. COMMENTS ABOUT THE TERROR CAR-BOMB ATTACK CAME AS DIPLOMATS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT PRESIDENT KIRO GLIGOROV'S CHANCES FOR RECOVERY. CORRESPONDENT ELAINE JOHANSON REPORTS. (10/4)

    MACEDONIA / IN THE EYE OF THE STORM -- CURRENT AFFAIRS' PAMELA TAYLOR LOOKS AT POSSIBLE REPERCUSSIONS IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT THIS WEEK OF PRESIDENT KIRO GLIGOROV. INCLUDES INTERVIEWS WITH JANUSZ BUGAIJSKI OF THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND MARSHALL HARRIS OF THE CENTER FOR PEACE IN THE BALKANS. (10/5)

    CLINTON / POPE / BOSNIA -- POPE JOHN PAUL ADDRESSES THE UNITED NATIONS LATER THURSDAY AS HE CONTINUES HIS FIVE-DAY VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES. THE PONTIFF BEGAN HIS TRIP WEDNESDAY IN THE NORTHEASTERN US CITY OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, AND WAS MET BY PRESIDENT CLINTON. THE TWO MEN HAD PRIVATE TALKS THAT FOCUSED ON THE SITUATION.IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT DEBORAH TATE. (10/5)

    POPE / UN PREVIEW -- POPE JOHN PAUL IS ON HIS SECOND VISIT TO THE UNITED NATIONS SINCE HE WAS CHOSEN PONTIFF IN 1978, AND HE WILL ADDRESS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHORTLY. CHURCH SPOKESMEN SAY HE WILL SET OUT A POLICY FOR THE WORLD AS THE UNITED NATIONS OBSERVES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY. CORRESPONDENT ELAINE JOHANSON REPORTS FROM THE UN. (10/5)

    POPE / CLINTON -- POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND WAS WELCOMED TO THE UNITED STATES BY PRESIDENT CLINTON WEDNESDAY AT NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN THE NORTHEASTERN US STATE OF NEW JERSEY AND THEN TOOK PART IN SEVERAL CEREMONIES INCLUDING A PRAYER SERVICE AND A PARADE. CORRESPONDENT CHRIS SIMKINS HAS SEVERAL REPORTS

    POPE JOHN PAUL / US -- CURRENT AFFAIRS' VALERY GARTSEFF REPORTS ON POPE JOHN PAUL II'S VISIT TO NEW YORK AND BALTIMORE, HIS MESSAGE TO AMERICAN ROMAN CATHOLICS, AND HOW THEY RESPOND TO THE OCCASION. (10/5)

    SLOVAK / POLITICS -- THE 34-YEAR-OLD SON OF SLOVAKIA'S PRESIDENT HAS SPOKEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT HIS LATE AUGUST ABDUCTION FROM NEAR HIS HOME IN BRATISLAVA ACROSS THE BORDER TO AUSTRIA. CORRESPONDENT BARRY WOOD REPORTS THAT THE SLOVAK PRESIDENT'S SON, MICHAL KOVAC JUNIOR, WILL NOT SPECULATE AS TO WHO MIGHT BE BEHIND THE KIDNAPPING. MR. KOVAC IS WANTED IN GERMANY IN A FRAUD CASE. (10/5)

    COMOROS / FRANCE / DENARD -- THE BRIEF COUP IN THE COMOROS ISLANDS HAS ADDED ANOTHER CHAPTER TO THE LIFE OF BOB DENARD, THE COLORFUL FRENCH MERCENARY WHO LED THE PUTSCH THERE LAST WEEK. STRINGER JULIAN NUNDY REPORTS. (10/5)

    ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS -- ISRAEL'S PARLIAMENT IS EXPECTED TO RATIFY THE INTERIM AGREEMENT WITH THE PALESTINIANS BY A NARROW MARGIN AT THE END OF A LENGTHY DEBATE WHICH BEGAN EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. CORRESPONDENT AL PESSIN REPORTS FROM JERUSALEM. (10/5)

    LYBIA / PALESTINIANS -- LYBIAN LEADER MUAMMAR GADDAFI SAYS WEDNESDAY HE WILL SET UP A PERMANENT REFUGEE CAMP FOR HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIANS CAUGHT IN THE NO-MAN'S LAND BETWEEN EGYPT AND LYBIA. THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES SAYS UP TO 170 FAMILIES ARE ALREADY STRANDED IN THE CAMP WITH HUNDREDS AND PERHAPS THOUSANDS MORE PALESTINIANS ON THEIR WAY. STRINGER KIM REED REPORTS. (10/4)

    PAKISTAN / KANSI -- PAKISTAN'S INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS HE IS NOT SURE IF A TWO-MILLION-DOLLAR REWARD WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE SEARCH FOR A PAKISTANI ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO US INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WORKERS. CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN REPORTS THE INTERIOR MINISTER INDICATED THE SUSPECT COULD BE IN A REMOTE PART OF AFGHANISTAN. (10/5)

    KARACHI / SITUATION -- PAKISTAN'S INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS ORDER IS GRADUALLY BEING RESTORED IN KARACHI, PAKISTAN'S TROUBLED PORT CITY, THANKS TO A SYSTEMATIC CRACKDOWN BY AUTHORITIES. THE INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS POLICE HAVE PUT ARMED GANGS ON THE RUN. CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN REVIEWS EFFORTS TO DEAL WITH THE ETHNIC, POLITICAL AND SECTARIAN VIOLENCE THAT HAS CLAIMED MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED LIVES IN KARACHI THIS YEAR. (10/5)

    SOUTH AFRICA / TANZANIA -- TANZANIAN PRESIDENT ALI HASSAN MWINYI HAS ARRIVED IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR A TWO-DAY STATE VISIT. STAFFER DELIA ROBERTSON REPORTS FROM JOHANNESBURG THE VISIT IS GEARED TOWARD FURTHER IMPROVING TIES BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES AND FOSTERING REGIONAL COOPERATION. (10/5)

    RWANDA / MOI -- KENYAN PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI HAS STUNNED UN LEGAL OFFICIALS AND DIPLOMATS BY INDICATING HIS GOVERNMENT WILL NOT COOPERATE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL PROSECUTING RWANDAN GENOCIDE SUSPECTS. DESPITE THE EARLY SIGNS OF CONCERN, EAST AFRICA CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA REPORTS MR. MOI DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE BACKING AWAY FROM HIS CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT. (10/5)

    IVORY COAST / POLITICS -- OPPOSITION PARTY LEADERS IN IVORY COAST SAY THEY WILL BOYCOTT THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND CONTINUE TO VIOLATE A GOVERNMENT BAN ON PUBLIC DEMONSTRATIONS. THE PROTESTS ARE AIMED AT FORCING THE GOVERNMENT TO REPEAL A CONTROVERSIAL ELECTORAL LAW AND POSTPONE THE ELECTION. CORRESPONDENT PURNELL MURDOCK REPORTS. (10/4)

    NIGERIA / MISSION -- CONTRARY TO THE MOST REPORTS BY HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWSPAPER EXECUTIVES WHO RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A VISIT TO NIGERIA SAID WEDNESDAY THEY SAW NO EVIDENCE OF DICTATORSHIP THERE AND ADDED THAT NIGERIANS ARE WORKING TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN THEIR COUNTRY. STAFFER MONA GHUNEIM REPORTS. (10/4)

    US / MEXICO EDUCATION -- THE TOP EDUCATION OFFICIALS OF MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES OPENED A CONFERENCE THURSDAY IN WASHINGTON TO DISCUSS WAYS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES. SENIOR OFFICIALS AT THE TWO-DAY MEETING ARE EXCHANGING VIEWS ON RAISING STANDARDS, IMPROVED ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING, AND GIVING MORE POWER TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO IMPROVE THEIR SCHOOLS. CORRESPONDENT ERIN BRUMMETT REPORTS. (10/5)

    IMMIGRATION / STUDY / MEXICANS -- THE WASHINGTON-BASED CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES SAYS CURRENT ESTIMATES OF THE ANNUAL NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES MAY BE TOO LOW. STAFFER MICHELE KELEMEN REPORTS THE CENTER'S RESEARCH DIRECTOR SAYS A NEW STUDY HE CONDUCTED UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR REFORMING THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. (10/4)

    PEACE TALKS CLOSE -- THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT AND ZAPATISTA REBELS HAVE CLOSED THEIR LATEST ROUND OF PEACE TALKS WITH GREAT OPTIMISM. AS STRINGER ELLEN CALMUS REPORTS FOR THE FIRST TIME THE TWO SIDES WERE ABLE TO AGREE ON PROCEDURES TO WORK TOWARD SUBSTANTIVE AGREEMENT. (10/4)

    TAIWAN / PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH -- WITH AN EYE ON CHINA'S EXPANDING MILITARY POWER, TAIWAN PRESIDENT LEE DENG-HUI ON THURSDAY OPENED TAIWAN'S ANNUAL MILITARY EXERCISE WITH SHARP CRITICISM FOR BEIJING. STRINGER RUPERT HAYES REPORTS FROM TAIWAN, LEE'S CRITICISM FOLLOWS A SERIES OF CHINESE MILITARY MANEUVERS CLOSE TO THE ISLAND. (10/5)

    US MILITARY / JAPAN -- US MARINES AND SAILORS STATIONED ON OKINAWA HAVE SPENT A SECOND DAY OF MANDATORY TRAINING ON THEIR RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE ISLAND. THE TRAINING FOLLOWS THE ALLEGED RAPE OF A SCHOOLGIRL BY THREE US SERVICEMEN. STRINGER THOMAS CALDWELL REPORTS. (10/5)

    BURMA / CONVENTION -- BURMA'S MILITARY GOVERNMENT HAS POSTPONED BY ONE MONTH A TIGHTLY-CONTROLLED CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION THAT HAS BEEN REJECTED BY BURMESE EXILE DEMOCRACY GROUPS. BURMESE MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY THE CONVENTION IS AIMED AT RESTORING DEMOCRACY AND WAS DUE TO RESUME OCTOBER 24TH AFTER A BREAK OF SEVERAL MONTHS. CORRESPONDENT DAN ROBINSON REPORTS THE MOVE HAS STIMULATED MORE DISCUSSION IN RANGOON IN THE WAKE OF SEEMINGLY CONTRADICTORY OFFICIAL STATEMENTS ABOUT POSSIBLE TALKS WITH DEMOCRACY LEADER AUNG SAN SUU KYI. (10/5)

    CHINA / US SUMMIT -- CHINA HAS INDICATED IT IS NOT HAPPY WITH ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN'S VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES LATER THIS MONTH, BUT WILL GO AHEAD WITH A MEETING IN NEW YORK WITH PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. CORRESPONDENT GIL BUTLER IN BEIJING REPORTS CHINA MADE IT CLEAR IT WANTED A FULL-FLEDGED STATE VISIT. (10/5)

    US / CHINA -- AS PREPARATIONS GET UNDERWAY FOR A SUMMIT BETWEEN US PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND CHINESE PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN, CHINA EXPERTS ARE LOOKING CLOSELY AT ISSUES FACING THE TWO COUNTRIES. CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS SOME LONG-TIME CHINA WATCHERS SAY THE CHANCES ARE SLIM THE SUMMIT WILL IMPROVE TIES BECAUSE THE TWO SIDES SHARE A COMMON INTEREST ON FEW ISSUES. (10/5)

    SIMPSON / JUROR -- IN LOS ANGELES, DEBATE OVER THE NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN THE OJ SIMPSON TRIAL ON TUESDAY CONTINUES TO DOMINATE PUBLIC DISCUSSION. A BLACK WOMAN WHO SERVED AS ONE OF THE 12 JURORS IN THE TRIAL SPOKE TO REPORTERS TODAY. CORRESPONDENT GREG FLAKUS REPORTS. (10/4)

    HURRICANE OPAL / THURSDAY -- HEAVY RAINS ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE OPAL ARE MOVING UP THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES. OPAL, WHICH WAS DOWNGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM ON THURSDAY, CAUSED WIDESPREAD DAMAGE ON THE GULF COAST OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT FEW DEATHS ARE REPORTED. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION SAY IT WILL BE SEVERAL DAYS HOWEVER BEFORE THEY KNOW THE FULL EXTENT OF OPAL'S DAMAGE. CORRESPONDENT JIM TEEPLE FILED SEVERAL REPORTS ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. (10/5)

    GENEVA / TELECOM 95 -- GENEVA PLAYS HOST EVERY FOUR YEARS TO ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST SPECTACULAR TELECOMMUNICATION EXHIBITIONS ORGANIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION OR ITU. STRINGER GORDON MARTIN IN GENEVA REPORTS, THIS YEAR TELECOM 95 HAS BROUGHT ABOUT TWO-THOUSAND COMPANIES FROM MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES TO SHOW THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY. (10/5)

    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT -- SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: THAT'S THE INCREASINGLY-POPULAR IDEA THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE WORLD'S POOREST PEOPLE WITHOUT DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE PROCESS. BUT THE QUESTION OF WHO WILL PAY FOR IT, IS INCREASINGLY URGENT AT A TIME WHEN DONOR COUNTRIES -ESPECIALLY THE UNITED STATES ARE RE-THINKING THEIR SPENDING PRIORITIES. THE WORLD BANK AND THE US NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARE SPONSORING A CONFERENCE ON THE SUBJECT IN WASHINGTON THIS WEEK AND CORRESPONDENT ART CHIMES WAS THERE. (10/4)

    NY / ECON WRAP -- STOCK PRICES IN THE UNITED STATES WERE DOWN WEDNESDAY ON CONTINUED WORRIES ABOUT CORPORATE PROFITS. CORRESPONDENT BRECK ARDERY REPORTS. (10/4)

    OLYMPICS PREVIEW / ATLANTA PROFILE -- ATLANTA, GEORGIA, WHERE THE OLYMPIC GAMES WILL BE HELD NEXT JULY AND AUGUST, IS A CITY WELL-KNOWN AS THE SITE OF ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BOOKS AND MOVIES OF ALL TIME, "GONE WITH THE WIND." BUT IN A PROFILE OF ATLANTA, CURRENT AFFAIRS' MARILYN SILVEY REPORTS THAT THE NEW ATLANTA, KNOWN AS THE "NEW YORK OF THE SOUTH," HAS LITTLE IN COMMON WITH THE OLD IMAGE. (10/4)

    OLYMPICS PREVIEW / GEARING UP FOR THE OLYMPICS -- THERE ARE DIFFERENT SYMBOLS THAT MIGHT BE USED FOR DIFFERENT CITIES. CURRENT AFFAIRS' MARILYN SILVEY REPORTS THAT IF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, THE SITE OF NEXT YEAR'S OLYMPIC GAMES, HAD A SYMBOL RIGHT NOW, IT SHOULD BE A BULLDOZER, OR JACKHAMMER, OR SOMETHING ELSE RELATED TO CONSTRUCTION. AS THE CITY CHANGES PHYSICALLY, HOTEL AND RESTAURANT OWNERS ARE ALSO GEARING UP FOR THE GAMES. (10/4)

    OLYMPICS PREVIEW / PREPARING FOR THE HEAT -- WHENEVER THE SUBJECT OF NEXT YEAR'S OLYMPIC GAMES IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, IS DISCUSSED, THE QUESTION OF HEAT COMES UP, AS ATLANTA'S TEMPERATURES IN JULY AND AUGUST ARE GENERALLY IN THE 80S AND 90S FAHRENHEIT (27 - 38 CENTIGRADE RANGE), AND HUMIDITY IS USUALLY HIGH. CURRENT AFFAIRS' MARILYN SILVEY REPORTS ON HOW COACHES AND DOCTORS ARE PREPARING FOR IT AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS THEY'RE WORRYING ABOUT. (10/5)

    NOBEL / LITERATURE -- THIS YEAR'S NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE HAS GONE TO THE IRISH POET AND ESSAYIST SEAMUS HEANEY. THE SWEDISH ACADEMY SAYS IT CHOSE THE 56-YEAR-OLD NORTHERN IRELAND-BORN WRITER FOR HIS WORKS OF LYRICAL BEAUTY AND ETHICAL DEPTH, WHICH EXALT EVERYDAY MIRACLES AND THE LIVING PAST. STRINGER FENELA CHILDS IN STOCKHOLM AND CORRESPONDENTS ANDRE DE NESNERA AND MARTIN BUSH FILE SEPARATE REPORTS ON THE WORK OF THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING HARVARD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR WHO IS CURRENTLY VACATIONING IN GREECE. (10/5)

    UN CONFERENCES / IMPACT -- PLANNING IS UNDERWAY FOR THE LAST MAJOR UN CONFERENCE OF THE CENTURY. HABITAT II'S SECRETARY GENERAL WALLY N'DOW REVIEWS THE WAY RECENT UN CONFERENCES HAVE CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD REGARDS THE ENVIRONMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND WOMEN AND HOW HE HOPES THE CITY SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL NEXT JUNE WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SOLVING THE WORLD'S URBAN CRISIS. CURRENT AFFAIRS' JANE KUCZYNSKI REPORTS. (10/5)

    FOODS THAT KEEP YOU YOUNG -- ROB SIVAK REPORTS ON THE GROWING INTEREST IN VEGETABLES AND OTHER EDIBLE PLANTS WHOSE ANTI-OXIDANT PROPERTIES CAN PREVENT DISEASE AND SLOW OR EVEN REVERSE THE AGING PROCESS. ACTUALITIES OF "STOP AGING NOW" AUTHOR JEAN CARPER AND US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BOTANIST JAMES DUKE. (10/5)

    WOMEN'S HOTLINE / BEIJING -- HELP IS ONLY A PHONE CALL AWAY FOR MANY WOMEN IN BEIJING. CURRENT AFFAIRS' JANE KUCZYNSKI TALKS WITH TWO VOLUNTEERS WHO STAFF THE 24 HOUR A DAY SERVICE AND HANDLE QUESTIONS ABOUT JOBS, HEALTH AND MEN. (10/5)

    WOMEN / HUAIROU -- PRIOR TO THE UN CONFERENCE ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN LAST MONTH, BEIJING CORRESPONDENT STEPHANIE HO TALKED WITH SEVERAL CHINESE WOMEN WORKING IN SOME VERY NON-TRADITIONAL JOBS. SHE TALKS WITH MEMBERS OF A FEMALE ROCK MUSIC GROUP AND A POLICEWOMAN, AMONG OTHERS. WASHINGTON WRITER JANE KUCZYNSKI WAS AMONG THE HUNDREDS OF JOURNALISTS COVERING THE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE AND SHE SHARES SOME IMPRESSIONS FROM THE PARALLEL NON-GOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE IN HUAIROU, OUTSIDE BEIJING. (10/4)

    NATIONAL / SUPREME COURT -- THE US SUPREME COURT HAS JUST BEGUN ITS NEW SESSION. HOW DOES THE COURT OPERATE - WHAT IS ITS OVERALL INFLUENCE IN THE NATION - AND WHAT CASES ARE BEFORE IT IN THIS TERM? CURRENT AFFAIRS' MARILYN SILVEY REPORTS, BASED ON OPINIONS EXPRESSED ON VOA'S "TALK TO AMERICA" SHOW. (10/4)

    CENTENNIAL / DORIS HUMPHREY -- THE MODERN DANCE LEGACY OF THE AMERICAN CHOREOGRAPHER DORIS HUMPHREY WILL BE CELEBRATED WITH SEVERAL PERFORMANCES AND CONFERENCES IN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO. MS. HUMPHREY -- ONCE CONSIDERED A RIVAL OF MARTHA GRAHAM -- IS BEST KNOWN FOR HER COLLABORATION DURING THE 1930S WITH PARTNER CHARLES WEIDMAN AND LATER, WITH CHOREOGRAPHER-DANCER JOSE' LIMON. (10/4)

    UNCONVENTIONAL VIOLINIST / NADIA SALERNO-SONNENBERG -- BORN IN ROME OF AN ITALIAN-AMERICAN MOTHER AND A RUSSIAN FATHER, NADIA SALERNO-SONNENBERG PLAYED HER FIRST VIOLIN CONCERT AT THE AGE OF 10. ALTHOUGH SHE SAYS SHE NEVER SEEKS CONTROVERSY, SHE HAS OFTEN BEEN IN THE MIDST OF IT DURING HER 24-YEAR CAREER. CORRESPONDENT MARTIN BUSH SPOKE TO THE AMERICAN VIOLINIST IN NEW YORK. (10/4)

    VOA REPORTS IN INDIVIDUAL LANGUAGES

    INSIDE USA:

    POPE US VISIT -- STRINGER VICTOR BOROVSKY REPORTS ON SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PAPAL VISIT, AND ON THE VIEWS AMERICANS, CATHOLICS AND OTHERS, EXPRESS VIEWS ABOUT THE PONTIFF. (UKRAINIAN 10/4)

    POPE / US ARRIVAL -- POPE JOHN PAUL GREETED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON AT THE NEWARK AIRPORT, WHERE HE GIVES A PREVIEW OF HIS SPEECH TO THE UN, IN WHICH HE EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS, AND SEEKING SOCIAL JUSTICE. CORRESPONDENT ALEC BATCHAN COVERED THE POPE'S ARRIVAL IN THE US AND HIS SPEECH AT THE AIRPORT. (RUSSIAN 10/4)

    POPE IN NEWARK -- STAFFER TADEUSZ WALENDOWSKI REPORTS FROM NEWARK, NJ ON THE POPE'S ARRIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES. (POLISH 10/4)

    POPE / CATHOLIC DISSIDENTS -- REPORTER TOM CROSBY TALKED WITH FRANCES KISSLING, THE PRESIDENT OF CATHOLICS FOR A FREE CHOICE WHO SAYS THE PAPAL VISIT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO CALL ATTENTION TO HOW OUT OF TOUCH SHE CLAIMS THE POPE IS WITH CATHOLICS WHEN IT COMES TO HUMAN SEXUALITY, BIRTH CONTROL, AND ABORTION. (ENGLISH NEWS PROGRAMS 10/4)

    POPE JOHN PAUL II / US -- POPE JOHN PAUL II ARRIVED TO THE UNITED STATES AND MET WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON, ONE DAY BEFORE DELIVERING HIS THIRD SPEECH AT THE UNITED NATIONS. CORRESPONDENT LUIS TAMAYO REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (SPANISH 10/4)

    EUROPEAN REACTION / OJ SIMPSON VERDICT -- POLISH STRINGERS IN PARIS AND BONN REPORT ON FRENCH AND GERMAN REACTION TO THE OJ SIMPSON JURY VERDICT. (POLISH 10/4)

    SIMPSON TRIAL -- A POLISH-AMERICAN LAWYER FROM LOS ANGELES, JANUSZ TRAFAS, ANALYZED THE OJ SIMPSON VERDICT. (POLISH 10/4)

    SIMPSON / INDIAN COMMUNITY -- THE INDIAN COMMUNITY OF LOS ANGELES WAS ABUZZ WITH PRO AND CON COMMENTS ON THE JURY VERDICT IN THE SIMPSON TRIAL. STAFFER ASHOK SARIN INTERVIEWS AN INDIAN-AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAWYER OF LOS ANGELES, HARI LAL. (HINDI 10/4)

    OJ SIMPSON / REACTION -- FOREIGN OBSERVERS SAY THE OJ SIMPSON TRIAL BRINGS INTO QUESTION THE VALIDITY OF BOTH CAMERAS IN THE COURT-ROOM AND THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM. REPORTER WILLIAM EAGLE SPOKE WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ARTICLE 19 HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP, FRANCIS D'SOUZA; ANNIE STEWART, EDITOR OF THE LONDON BLACK PAPER THE VOICE; DAVID MAKALI OF THE NAIROBI LAW MONTHLY, AND WILBERT MAPONBERE OF THE ZIMBABWE LAW SOCIETY. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/5)

    SIMPSON TRIAL / TAIWAN REACTION -- THE TAIWAN MEDIA PROMPTLY REPORTED THE OJ SIMPSON TRIAL VERDICT. CORRESPONDENT TIEN KANGLIN IN TAIPEI INTERVIEWS XUE WEI-PING, LEGAL SPECIALIST, CHINESE AMERICAN WANG QIU-BEN, AND A RETIRED ARMY GENERAL. SOME INTERVIEWEES EXPRESS SURPRISE, OTHERS SAY THE US LEGAL SYSTEM EMPHASIZES EVIDENCE AND THE VERDICT WAS FAIR. (MANDARIN 10/5)

    OJ SIMPSON / TRIAL AFTERMATH -- A MEMBER OF THE JURY THAT FOUND OJ SIMPSON NOT GUILTY, SAID PROSECUTORS FAILED TO PROVE BEYOND ANY DOUBT THAT THE FORMER FOOTBALL STAR KILLED HIS WIFE AND HER FRIEND. CORRESPONDENT HECTOR VELAZQUEZ MEJIA REPORTS FROM LOS ANGELES. (SPANISH 10/5)

    WORLD ECONOMIC CONGRESS -- THE 4TH WORLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BEGAN IN WASHINGTON TO EXAMINE INTERNATIONAL TRENDS TOWARD FREE MARKET ECONOMIES, STAFFER CARLOS ESPA REPORTS. DURING THE FIRST DAY CAPITAL MARKETS IN LATIN AMERICA, PARTICULARLY ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CHILE AND MEXICO WERE STUDIED. (SPANISH 10/4)

    HURRICANE OPAL STRIKES -- RAINS FROM THE HURRICANE OPAL, NOW DEGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM, CAUSED FLOODS AND DAMAGES IN FLORIDA AND OTHER SOUTHERN STATES. CORRESPONDENT JORGE WEHBY REPORTS FROM MIAMI. (SPANISH 10/5)

    YOUTH GANGS / TALK TO AMERICA -- URBAN YOUTH GANGS HAVE BECOME A WAY OF LIFE FOR MANY TROUBLED YOUNG PEOPLE IN INNER CITIES. JOURNALIST MARIA HINAJOSA LOOKS AT THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF THESE YOUNGSTERS IN HER RECENT BOOK 'CREWS'. SHE APPEARED ON TALK TO AMERICA, ALONG WITH A REFORMED GANG MEMBER KNOWN AS SHANK. HE DESCRIBED WHAT LED HIM INTO GANG LIFE; AND THE RECOGNITION OF USELESSNESS THAT LED HIM TO CHANGE. (TTA 10/5)

    SHAMAN / GLOBAL RAIN FORESTS -- REPORTER TOM CROSBY TALKED WITH LISA CONTE, THE CEO AND FOUNDER OF SHAMAN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., IN SAN FRANCISCO. SHAMAN PHARMACEUTICALS GOES INTO THE WORLD'S RAINFORESTS IN SEARCH OF SHAMANS (THE MEDICINE MEN AND WOMEN) IN SEARCH OF SOME OF THEIR OLD CURES WHICH MAY HAVE SOME PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS IN MORE DEVELOPED SOCIETIES. SHAMAN PHARMACEUTICALS ALSO BRINGS BACK ANY FLORA AND FAUNA IT MIGHT DISCOVER ON ITS OWN WHICH MIGHT HAVE SOME PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. SHAMAN PHARMACEUTICALS THEN PAYS BACK THE RAIN FOREST PEOPLE BY PROVIDING WHATEVER IT IS THEY DETERMINE THEY MIGHT NEED (SCHOOL FACILITIES, CLINICS). (ENGLISH NEWS PROGRAMS 10/4)

    SLOVAK CONTEMPORARY ARTS / INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND -- AN EXHIBITION OF SLOVAK CONTEMPORARY ARTS OPENED OCT. 3RD IN THE ATRIUM OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND IN WASHINGTON. THE EXHIBITION IS SPONSORED BY THE IMF, THE SLOVAK MINISTRY OF CULTURE, THE CITY GALLERY OF BRATISLAVA, THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MUSEUM OF ART, AND THE EMBASSY OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC. STAFFER VLADIMIR MACHAJDIK REPORTS. (SLOVAK 10/4)

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    COMOROS /COUP -- STAFFER ABDUSHAKUR ABOUD SPOKE WITH ABDUL RAHAMAN BARAMIA, A JOURNALIST IN THE COMOROS. MR BARAMIA SAID FRENCH MERCENARY BOB DENARD WHO LAUNCHED THE COUP AGAINST THE COMOROS GOVERNMENT LAST WEEK HAS SURRENDERED, AND THE FRENCH INVASION HAS COME TO AN END. PRESIDENT SAID MOHAMED DJOHAR HAS BEEN RELEASED. (SWAHILI 10/4)

    OAU / COMOROS -- OAU HAS FORMED A HIGH LEVEL MISSION COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF TUNISIA, ETHIOPIA, SOUTH AFRICA, CAMEROON, AND MADAGASCAR AND THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE ORGANIZATION, MR SALIM AHMED SALIM TO CLOSELY MONITOR THE SITUATION IN THE COMOROS AND HELP IN FORMING A LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT ON THE ISLANDS. STAFFER TAFESSE KIFLE REPORTS FROM ADDIS ABABA. (AMHARIC 10/5)

    COMOROS / INTERVENTION -- STAFFER JEAN-CLAUDE ANDRE ASKED FRENCH FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY SPOKESMAN YVES DUTRIO ABOUT FRANCE'S MILITARY INTERVENTION IN COMOROS DESPITE EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENTS TO THE CONTRARY BY FRENCH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. SOLDIER OF FORTUNE BOB DENARD WHO WAS BEHIND THE COUP ATTEMPT ALONG WITH COMORAN REBELS IS SAID TO BE NEGOTIATING HIS SURRENDER TO FRENCH AUTHORITIES. (FRENCH 10/4)

    COMOROS / DOSSIER -- STAFFER MAHAMAT AHMAT ADAMOU REPORTS ON THE SITUATION IN COMOROS. COMORAN REBELS AND FOREIGN MERCENARIES LED BY FRENCHMAN BOB DENARD TOOK THE COMORAN PRESIDENT HOSTAGE LAST WEEK IN AN ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT. COMORAN PRIME MINISTER CAABI ELYA-CHROUTOU WHO HAD TAKEN REFUGE IN THE FRENCH EMBASSY REQUESTED THE INTERVENTION OF FRANCE UNDER BILATERAL MILITARY AGREEMENTS. FRANCE SENT ELITE TROOPS ON WEDNESDAY AND IS HELPING THE PRIME MINISTER SET UP A GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY. MR. ADAMOU INTERVIEWED SULTAN CHOUZOU, FORMER COMORAN AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE AND KEMAL SAINDOU, A JOURNALIST WITH THE COMORAN DAILY L'ARCHIPEL. (FRENCH 10/4)

    BURUNDI / KENYA -- INVITED BY PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI, PRESIDENT SYLVESTER NTIBANTUGANYA OF BURUNDI ARRIVED IN KENYA WEDNESDAY. THE OFFICIAL VISIT IS AIMED AT STRENGTHENING RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. BURUNDI'S OPPOSITION PARTY UPRONA VOICED ITS DISPLEASURE AT THE PRESIDENT'S ACCEPTANCE OF THE INVITATION. STRINGER AMRANI BARUTWANAYO REPORTS FROM BUJUMBURA. (SWAHILI 10/5)

    RWANDA / MASISI CONFLICT -- IT'S BEEN CALLED ZAIRE'S FORGOTTEN CONFLICT. IT BEGAN DECADES AGO AND VIOLENCE HAS WORSENED IN RECENT MONTHS. THE CONFLICT IS BETWEEN RWANDAN EXILES AND INDIGENOUS GROUPS IN ZAIRE'S NORTHERN KIVU PROVINCE. ENGLISH TO AFRICA REPORTER JOE DECAPUA SPOKE WITH TONY BURGENER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS IN GENEVA, WHICH HAS SENT RELIEF SUPPLIES. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/5)

    NIGERIA / RESISTANCE MOVEMENT -- NIGERIAN NOBEL LAUREATE WOLE SOYINKA SETS UP AN UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE MOVEMENT IN NIGERIA. REPORTER RICHARD KOTEY SPOKE WITH HIM. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/4)

    SIERRA LEONE / COUP ATTEMPT -- AT LEAST SEVEN MILITARY OFFICERS ARE NOW KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AFTER TUESDAY'S COUP ATTEMPT IN SIERRA LEONE. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS THE COUP PLOTTERS WILL SOON FACE A COURT MARTIAL FOR TREASON. REPORTER KELVIN LEWIS, WHO'S VISITING FROM SIERRA LEONE, SPOKE WITH DEFENSE SPOKESMAN MAJOR KAREFA-KARGBO. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/4)

    GAMBIA / NATIONALITY -- A SECRET DOCUMENT CHALLENGES THE NATIONALITY OF GAMBIA'S HEAD OF STATE, CAPTAIN YAYAH JAMMEH. REPORTER WAGADOU GAANA REMME REPORTS FROM BANJUL. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/4)

    ZAMBIA / RWANDA -- GEORGE RUTAGANDA WAS THE SECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE YOUTH WING OF RWANDA'S FORMER RULING PARTY. HE IS ON A LIST PREPARED BY THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT OF SUSPECTS OF ORGANIZING LAST YEAR'S ETHNIC VIOLENCE. MR.RUTAGANDA IS CURRENTLY A REFUGEE IN ZAMBIA WHERE REPORTER KELLYS KAUNDA ASKED HIM ABOUT HIS ROLE IN THE VIOLENCE. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/4)

    SUDAN / POLITICS -- AT AN APPEARANCE AT THE CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SUDAN'S STATE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DR. GHAZI ATABANI, DEFENDED HIS COUNTRY. SUDAN IS FACING INCREASING INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL ISOLATION AND HAS BEEN ON THE US STATE DEPARTMENT'S LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT SPONSOR TERRORISM FOR TWO YEARS. STRINGER CATHERINE MADDUX REPORTS. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/6)

    CONGRESSMAN / ETHIOPIA -- CONGRESSMAN HARRY JOHNSTON, A DEMOCRAT FROM FLORIDA AND A RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SUB-COMMITTEE ON AFRICA, RECENTLY VISITED ETHIOPIA, KENYA AND SUDAN. STAFFER WORK AFERAHU KEBEDE INTERVIEWED HIM FOCUSING SPECIALLY ON HIS VISIT TO ETHIOPIA. THE CONGRESSMAN SAID THAT ETHIOPIA IS NOW A ONE PARTY STATE AND THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IS SUPPRESSED. (AMHARIC 10/5)

    AFRICA / TELECOMMUNICATIONS -- AFRICA IS FAR BEHIND IN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS REVOLUTION. REPORTER COLE MALLARD INTERVIEWS MICHAEL SUDARKASA OF 21ST CENTURY AFRICAIN, WASHINGTON, ON PLANS TO LINK AFRICA WITH MODERN COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/5)

    ZIMBABWE / ELEPHANTS -- AT LEAST SEVERAL HUNDRED ELEPHANTS IN ZIMBABWE FACE STARVATION, ANOTHER CONSEQUENCE OF NEAR CONSECUTIVE DROUGHTS SINCE 1992. BUT THE ISSUE OF SAVING THE ELEPHANTS HAS BECOME MORE COMPLICATED BY A A BATTLE OVER POLICY, POWER AND MONEY. REPORTER JOE DECAPUA SPOKE WITH MIKE HITSCHMANN, PRESIDENT OF THE ZIMBABWEAN WILDLIFE SOCIETY IN MUTARE. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/4)

    NIGERIA / WEIGHT LIFTING -- NIGERIA WON A LOT OF WEIGHT LIFTING MEDALS AT THE JUST CONCLUDED ALL AFRICA GAMES IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE. REPORTER BARRY MAUGHAN COVERED THE COMPETITION AND TALKED TO NIGERIA'S CHIEF WEIGHT LIFTING COACH, KAYODE BALOFIN. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/4)

    ZIMBABWE / CRICKET -- ZIMBABWE IS PREPARING TO HOST SOUTH AFRICA IN A TEST SERIES. REPORTER BARRY MAUGHAN TALKED TO FORMER ZIMBABWEAN CRICKETER JOHN TRAICOS ABOUT ZIMBABWE'S ATTEMPTS TO OPEN THE SPORT TO ALL RACES. (ENGLISH TO AFRICA 10/4)

    INSIDE MIDEAST:

    AFGHANISTAN / UNGA -- AFGHANISTAN BLAMED FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AS THE CAUSE OF CONTINUED FIGHTING AND URGED THE UNITED NATIONS TO HELP STOP IT, AND TO CREATE A CONTACT GROUP TO PROMOTE THE PEACE PROCESS IN THAT COUNTRY. AFGHAN DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER ABDUL RAHIM GHAFOORZAI,TOLD THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT REPRESENTATIVES OF UN, EUROPEAN UNION, ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC CONFERENCE, AND THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT SHOULD BE MEMBERS OF THIS CONTACT GROUP. THE AFGHAN DIPLOMAT ALSO ASKED FOR UN AND INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE TO RECONSTRUCT AFGHANISTAN AND TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND DRUG TRAFFICKING. (DARI, PASHTO 10/5)

    ARAB LEAGUE / UN -- ARAB FOREIGN MINISTERS HELD A MEETING AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK TO COORDINATE THEIR POSITIONS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (ARABIC 10/4)

    LEBANON / UNGA / MIDEAST PEACE -- LEBANON'S FOREIGN MINISTER TOLD THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT HIS COUNTRY CONTINUES TO REBUILD ITSELF FROM THE CIVIL WAR. HE STRESSED THAT LEBANON HAS NOT RECOVERED BECAUSE OF ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF AREAS IN SOUTH LEBANON. STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (ARABIC 10/4)

    QATAR / UNGA -- QATAR EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE SLOW PACE OF THE SYRIAN-ISRAELI PEACE TALKS AND STRESSED THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD IRAQ'S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND BAGHDAD'S IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL'S RESOLUTIONS. STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/4)

    EGYPT / MIDEAST -- EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER PRAISED THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI AGREEMENT TO EXPAND THE PALESTINIAN AUTONOMY IN THE WEST BANK. HE SAID STABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST DEPENDS ON SECURITY IN THE GULF. STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (ARABIC 10/4)

    LIBYA/ LOCKERBIE -- LIBYA'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS HIS COUNTRY DOES NOT OBJECT TO A TRIAL OF THE SUSPECTS IN THE LOCKERBIE PLANE BOMBING, BUT IT WANTS GUARANTEES OF A FAIR TRIAL. MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (ARABIC 10/4)

    ALGERIA / CANDIDATES -- PREPARATIONS FOR ALGERIA'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS CONTINUE IN THAT COUNTRY. C AIRO CORRESPONDENT IBRAHIM ABDIN INTERVIEWS DR SAID SAADI, CANDIDATE OF THE RALLY FOR CULTURE AND DEMOCRACY ON HIS PARTY'S PLATFORM. (ARABIC 10/4)

    IRAQ / DEFECTIONS -- STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA INTERVIEWS IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMED SAID AL-SAHAF ON THE DEFECTION OF FORMER IRAQI GENERAL HUSSEIN KAMEL. (ARABIC 10/4)

    JORDAN / ME PEACE -- JORDANIAN DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ABDUL RA'UF RAWABDEH STRESSED HIS COUNTRY'S POSITION TOWARD THE PEACE PROCESS AND REACHING A COMPREHENSIVE AND LASTING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. CORRESPONDENT MAHMOUD ZAWAWI REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/4)

    ARAFAT / YEMEN -- PALESTINIAN LEADER YASSER ARAFAT CONCLUDED HIS VISIT TO YEMEN WHERE HE BRIEFED PRESIDENT ALI ABDULLAH SALEH ON THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI AGREEMENT TO EXPAND PALESTINIAN SELF-RULE IN THE WEST BANK. CORRESPONDENT JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/4)

    LIBYA / PALESTINIANS -- THE NUMBER OF PALESTINIANS EXPELLED FROM LIBYA HAS INCREASED. PALESTINIAN LEADERS HAVE ASKED EGYPT, JORDAN, AND LEBANON TO ADMIT THEM TEMPORARILY UNTIL THEIR PROBLEM IS SOLVED. CORRESPONDENT IBRAHIM ABDIN REPORTS FROM CAIRO. (ARABIC 10/4)

    LEBANON / PALESTINIANS -- JUDICIAL SOURCES IN LEBANON SAY LEBANESE AUTHORITIES ORDERED THE POLICE TO QUESTION A PALESTINIAN LEADER ABOUT HIS THREAT TO KILL A LEBANESE MINISTER AND HIS ATTACK ON ANOTHER. CORRESPONDENT JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/4)

    OCTOBER WAR / ANNIVERSARY -- STAFFER IMAN RAFI INTERVIEWS POLITICAL COMMENTATOR AMIN SHALABY OF THE AL-AHRAM NEWSPAPER, ON THE OCTOBER WAR AND THE INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE. (ARABIC 10/4)

    OMAN / ISRAEL -- OMANI FOREIGN MINISTER YUSUF BIN A'LAWI IS INTERVIEWED BY STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA ON HIS MEETING WITH HIS ISRAELI COUNTERPART, SHIMON PERES. (ARABIC 10/4)

    YEMEN / SECURITY -- AUTHORITIES IN YEMEN ARE INTERROGATING A NUMBER OF ISLAMIC MILITANTS ACCUSED OF STAGING SEVERAL KIDNAPPINGS AND ATTACKS AGAINST WEDDING CELEBRATIONS. MAHMOUD ZAWAWI REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC 10/4)

    PALESTINIAN / COMPANY -- A PALESTINIAN COMMUNICATIONS FIRM HAS ANNOUNCED IT'S INTENT TO EXPAND IN THE MIDDLE EAST. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/4)

    KUWAIT / ALIENS -- A SENIOR KUWAITI OFFICIAL SAID THE KUWAITI GOVERNMENT WOULD ANNOUNCE NEXT SUNDAY THE STEPS IT IS GOING TO TAKE TO SOLVE THE ISSUE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING IN THE COUNTRY FOR DECADES WITHOUT KUWAITI CITIZENSHIP. STRINGER ABDUL HAMID KHALAF DA'AS REPORTS FROM KUWAIT. (ARABIC 10/4)

    WOMEN'S BUSINESS CONFERENCE -- DR AMAL OSMAN, EGYPTIAN MINISTER FOR SOCIAL ISSUES ADDRESSED A CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS WOMEN IN LONDON. STAFFER ZEINAB ABDEL RAHMAN REPORTS FROM CAIRO. (ARABIC 10/4)

    EGYPT / OIL -- EGYPT'S CONSUMPTION OF NATURAL GAS HAS INCREASED BY 21% SINCE 1980, ACCORDING TO EGYPT'S OIL MINISTER HAMDI ABDEL WAHAB AL-TAIMI. STAFFER ZEINAB ABDEL RAHMAN REPORT. (ARABIC 10/4)

    EGYPT / PALESTINE / CEMENT -- EGYPT AGREED TO EXPORT 20,000 TONS OF CEMENT TO THE PALESTINIAN SELF-RULE AREA. STAFFER ZEINAB ABDEL RAHMAN REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/4)

    PERSIAN GULF -- STAFFER IRAJ ARIANPOUR REPORTS ON THE MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE PANEL ON THE PERSIAN GULF. DR GREGORY GAUSS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESENTED A COUNTRY BY COUNTRY OVERVIEW OF THE REGION, FOCUSING ON POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS. RETIRED US AMBASSADOR MICHAEL STERNER SAID HE BELIEVES THAT IRAQ AND IRAN WILL CONTINUE TO BE MAJOR DESTABILIZING FACTORS IN THE PERSIAN GULF. (FARSI 10/5)

    KURDS / IRAN -- STAFFER BEKR REBWAR INTERVIEWS IBRAHIM ALIZADE, SECRETARY OF THE IRANIAN KURDISH GROUP KOMELE, WHICH HAS BEEN FIGHTING AGAINST THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT. ALIZADE SAYS IRAN IS INCITING VIOLENCE BETWEEN THE TWO MAIN KURDISH PARTIES IN IRAQ. HE SAYS THE PKK (KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY) IS NATIONALIST, WHILE KOMELE IS SOCIALIST, BUT THEY CAN STILL BENEFIT FROM EACH OTHERS EXPERIENCE. ALIZADE SAYS KOMELE REJECTS INFLUENCE FROM ISLAMIC GROUPS. (KURDISH 10/3, 10/4)

    KURDS / YAZIDI RELIGION -- STAFFER KHALAF ZEBARI TALKS ABOUT THE YAZIDI RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL "JEMAYE" AND THE THEORY THAT A TEMPLE IN IRAN IS ACTUALLY AN OLD YEZIDI TEMPLE. (KURDISH 10/4)

    INSIDE CENTRAL ASIA:

    US / CAUCASUS / OIL PIPELINES -- THE AZERBAIJAN INTERNATIONAL OIL CONSORTIUM AND THE AZERI GOVERNMENT ARE EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE A DECISION NEXT WEEK ON FUTURE PIPELINES TO CARRY OIL FROM THE CASPIAN SEA FIELDS TO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS. STAFFER TANJU AKERSON INTERVIEWS ROGER ROBINSON, WASHINGTON-BASED CONSULTANT AND ASSOCIATE AT THE CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY. MR ROBINSON SAYS RUSSIA WOULD PREFER A SINGLE PIPELINE THROUGH RUSSIAN TERRITORY BUT THE OIL COMPANIES AND THE BAKU GOVERNMENT SHOULD ADOPT A MULTI PIPE-LINE APPROACH. (TURKISH 10/5)

    INSIDE SOUTH ASIA:

    MUKHERJEE / PRESS CONFERENCE -- INDIA'S EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, PRANAB MUKHERJEE HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK WHERE HE WAS ATTENDING THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION. STRINGER AMBALIKA MISRA REPORTS THAT MR MUKHERJEE EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT ON US MOVES TO SUPPLY ARMS TO PAKISTAN BUT SAID THAT IT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO HURT INDO-US RELATIONS. (HINDI 10/4)

    SIMPSON / INDIA -- THE NEWS OF THE ACQUITTAL OF OJ SIMPSON OF MURDER CHARGES WAS CARRIED BY ALL OF INDIA'S MAJOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS, BUT THE STORY WAS LARGELY IGNORED BY HINDI LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS. STRINGER NANDAN REPORTS. (HINDI 10/4)

    INSIDE EAST ASIA:

    CHINA / US / JIANG ZEMIN VISIT -- CHINA ANNOUNCED THAT PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN WILL MEET PRESIDENT CLINTON IN NEW YORK LATER THIS MONTH WHILE BOTH ARE ATTENDING 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS AT THE UN. EARLIER CHINA INDICATED THAT JIANG'S VISIT SHOULD BE A STATE VISIT TO WASHINGTON. STAFFER CHOU YOUKANG IN BEIJING REPORTS WITH COMMENTS FROM CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN CHEN JIAN AND INTERVIEWS CHINESE PLAYWRIGHT WU ZUGUANG. (MANDARIN 10/5)

    CHINA / ANTI-CORRUPTION -- ON THE EVE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE IN BEIJING CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN CHEN JIAN SAID THAT FORMER BEIJING CHIEF CHEN XITONG'S REMOVAL FROM THE COMMUNIST PARTY'S POLITICAL BUREAU AND CENTRAL COMMITTEE SHOWS CHINA'S DETERMINATION TO UPROOT CORRUPTION. SOME ANALYSTS SAY CHEN XITONG IS LARGELY THE VICTIM OF A POWER STRUGGLE. STAFFER CHOU YOUKANG IN BEIJING INTERVIEWS CHEN JIAN AND TAIWANESE LEGISLATOR WU DONG-SHENG. (MANDARIN 10/5)

    CHINA / HONG KONG / HISTORY COURSES -- CHINA'S PREPARATORY COMMITTEE FOR THE HK SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION RECENTLY CRITICIZED THE HK GOVERNMENT FOR CHANGING CHINESE HISTORY FROM A COMPULSORY TO A VOLUNTARY COURSE IN HIGH SCHOOLS. THE COMMITTEE'S COMMENT HAS AROUSED A HEATED ARGUMENT IN THE TERRITORY. STAFFER CHOU YUNTING INTERVIEWS YANG YAOZHONG, PRES., FEDERATION FOR EDUCATION WORKERS OF HK, YE ZUXIAN, VICE PRES., PEIQIAO HIGH SCHOOL, HK, AND CAI QIANYING, CHONGDAO HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER. (MANDARIN 10/5)

    SOUTH KOREA / NUCLEAR BOMB -- A SOUTH KOREAN ASSEMBLYMAN SAID THAT SOUTH KOREA WAS AT THE BRINK OF COMPLETING PLANS TO BUILD NUCLEAR BOMBS IN THE LATE 1970'S. RETIRED GENERAL KANG CHANG SUNG, NOW AN OPPOSITION LAW- MAKER, ASSERTED THAT HE WAS TOLD OF THE PLANS INITIATED BY LATE PRESIDENT PARK CHUNG HEE FROM MANY RELIABLE SOURCES INCLUDING FORMER MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CHOI HYUNG SUP. MR. KANG SAID THAT AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT PARK IN 1979, THE PLANS WERE CANCELLED BY NEW MILITARY FORCES WHO NEEDED AMERICAN SUPPORT TO GRASP POWER. CORRESPONDENT YONG KYUN LIM REPORTS FROM SEOUL. (KOREAN 10/5)

    NORTH KOREA / US / LIAISON OFFICES -- NORTH KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY AND CENTRAL RADIO REPORTED A JOINT PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT FOLLOWING A FIVE-DAY NEGOTIATION IN PYONGYANG BETWEEN DELEGATES FROM NORTH KOREA AND THE US. THEY DISCUSSED DETAILS OF ESTABLISHMENT OF LIAISON OFFICES IN EACH OTHER'S CAPITAL AND AGREED TO CONTINUE THEIR DISCUSSIONS. STAFFER YONG KYUN LIM REPORTS FROM SEOUL. (KOREAN 10/5)

    HONG KONG / CORRUPTION -- CASES OF CORRUPTION BY CIVIL SERVANTS HAVE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT'S INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION. METHODS USED IN CORRUPTION HAVE ALSO MULTIPLIED. SHEILA TANG AND LAWRENCE NG INTERVIEW KEN CHI HO, DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE FOR BETTERMENT OF HONG KONG SPOKESMAN, CIVIL SERVANT AFFAIRS, AND CHEUNG MAN KWONG, DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPOKESMAN, CIVIL SERVANT AFFAIRS. (CANTONESE 10/5)

    US / JAPAN / RELATIONS -- REPORTER SUSAN YACKEE SPEAKS WITH JIM SHINN, SENIOR FELLOW FOR ASIAN STUDIES AT THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS IN NEW YORK, ABOUT THE US-JAPANESE RELATIONSHIP IN LIGHT OF A RECENT CRIMINAL CASE. THREE US MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE CHARGED WITH RAPING A YOUNG GIRL IN OKINAWA. MR SHINN DOES NOT FEEL THE INCIDENT WILL HAVE A LONG TERM AFFECT ON TRADE RELATIONS, BUT HE SAYS IT SHOWS THE CHANGING ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE UNITED STATES IN THE REGION FOLLOWING THE END OF THE COLD WAR. (ENGLISH NEWS PROGRAMS 10/4)

    FORD / VIETNAM -- REPORTER ANDREW BAIRD SPEAKS WITH MS KIM PRYOR, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY IN DEARBORN, MICHIGAN ON THE PLANNED CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST US AUTO ASSEMBLY PLANT IN VIETNAM. (ENGLISH NEWS PROGRAMS 10/4)

    INSIDE EUROPE:

    CLINTON / BOSNIA -- BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT SOURCES HAVE CONFIRMED THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY PRESIDENT CLINTON THAT THE WARRING SIDES HAVE REACHED AGREEMENT ON GENERAL CEASE-FIRE IN BOSNIA, WHICH IS TO TAKE EFFECT OCTOBER 10. STRINGER BORO KONTIC REPORTS FROM SARAJEVO. (SERBIAN 10/5)

    BOSNIA / CEASE FIRE -- STRINGER VLADIMIR BILIC IS REPORTING THE INITIAL REACTIONS IN SARAJEVO TO PRESIDENT CLINTON'S PROCLAMATION OF CEASE-FIRE THROUGHOUT BOSNIA. HE SAID OFFICIAL SARAJEVO DID NOT ANNOUNCE NOR COMMENT ON PRESIDENT CLINTON'S ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ABOUT TWO HOURS. (CROATIAN 10/5)

    BOSNIA SERBS / CEASE-FIRE -- BOSNIAN SERB LEADERS HAVE WELCOMED THE NEWS OF THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. SOURCES IN PALE HAVE CHARACTERIZED THE LATEST DOCUMENT ON THE CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES AS THE MOST SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO END THE WAR IN BOSNIA. STRINGER DUSKO MASIC REPORTS FROM BELGRADE. (SERBIAN 10/5)

    MONTENEGRO / BOSNIA -- THE MONTENEGRIN PUBLIC REACTED TO THE NEWS OF CEASE-FIRE IN BOSNIA WITH COUTIOUS OPTIMISM. BUT, THE OPPOSITION PARTIES IN PARLIAMENT EXPRESSED DOUBT THAT THE ACCORD WILL BE EFFECTIVE. STRINGER BOSKO DJUKIC REPORTS FROM PODGORICA. (SERBIAN 10/5)

    EU / NATO / BOSNIA -- EUROPEAN UNION AND NATO PRAISED THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT IN BOSNIA AS A STEP TOWARD PEACE IN THE REGION. HOWEVER, THEY STRESSED THAT THE ROAD TO THE REAL PEACE COULD BE LONG AND PAINFUL. STRINGER DRAGAN BLAGOJEVIC REPORTS FROM BRUSSELS. (SERBIAN 10/5)

    HOLBROOKE / BOSNIA -- US NEGOTIATOR R HOLBROOKE HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE IN CROATIAN CAPITAL, EXPLAINING SOME DETAILS OF THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT IN BOSNIA. CROATIAN PRESIDENT F TUDJMAN CALLED THE DOCUMENT AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD THE PEACE IN THE REGION. STRINGER STEVICA SUSA REPORTS FROM ZAGREB. (SERBIAN 10/5)

    HOLBROOKE / BOSNIA -- US NEGOTIATOR R HOLBROOKE ENDED HIS TALKS WITH BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES. BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE FOR BELGRADE, MR HOLBROOKE SAID THAT BOSNIAN OFFICIALS MADE A SERIOUS OFFER FOR CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT IN BOSNIA. STRINGER BORO KONTIC REPORTS FROM SARAJEVO. (SERBIAN 10/4)

    WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL -- THE INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL IN THE HAGUE WILL BEGIN MONDAY TO HEAR WITNESSES IN THE TRIAL OF THE SUSICA CONCENTRATION CAMP COMMANDER DRAGAN NIKOLIC. HE IS ACCUSED OF TORTURES, THE MURDER OF CIVILIANS, AND CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. STRINGER LADA STIPIC NIZETEO NOTES THAT NIKOLIC IS STILL AT LARGE. (CROATIAN 10/5)

    BOSNIA / NEW US AMBASSADOR -- THE NEW US AMBASSADOR TO BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, JOHN MENSIES TOOK UP HIS OFFICE IN SARAJEVO. STRINGER VLADIMIR BILIC REPORTS THAT PRESENT TO THE CEREMONY WERE BOSNIAN PRESIDENT ALIJA IZETBEGOVIC AND SPECIAL US ENVOY FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA, RICHARD HOLBROOKE. (CROATIAN 10/4)

    CROATIA / US -- CROATIAN PRESIDENT FRANJO TUDJMAN MET WITH US AMBASSADOR TO CROATIA PETER GALBRAITH. STRINGER ZELJKO MATIC REPORTS THAT THE PRESIDENT STRESSED THE NEED FOR SPEEDING UP THE PEACE TALKS WITH REBEL SERBS IN EASTERN SLAVONIA, A PART OF CROATIA STILL UNDER SERBIAN CONTROL. (CROATIAN 10/4)

    TUDJMAN / GALBRAITH -- CROATIAN PRESIDENT F.TUDJMAN MET WITH US AMBASSADOR P GALBRAITH, CALLING FOR THE ACCELERATION OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND SERBS IN EASTERN SLAVONIA. AT THE SAME TIME, THE CROATIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS HAS DENIED REPORTS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IN ZAGREB HAS ARRESTED AROUND THREE HUNDRED CIVILIANS SUSPECTED OF CRIMES AGAINST KRAJINA SERBS. STRINGER STEVICA SUSA REPORTS FROM ZAGREB. (SERBIAN 10/4)

    MACEDONIA / OSCE -- THE HEAD OF THE OSCE MISSION IN SKOPJE, TORE BOGH SAYS THE SECURITY SITUATION IN MACEDONIA IS UNDER CONTROL FOLLOWING THE ATTEMPT ON THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT GLIGOROV. IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH STRINGER DIANA TOSKA, BOGH SUGGESTED THAT THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT WAS THE WORK OF ORGANIZED CRIME FIGURES WHO RESENT THE PRESIDENT'S CRACKDOWN ON THE UNDERWORLD. (ALBANIAN 10/5)

    GLIGOROV / ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT -- THE MEDICAL CONDITION OF MACEDONIAN PRESIDENT K. GLIGOROV, WHO WAS THE TARGET OF AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT, IS DESCRIBED AS STABLE. THE SPEAKER OF THE MACEDONIAN PARLIAMENT, STOJAN ANDOV TOOK OVER AS INTERIM HEAD OF STATE WHILE PRESIDENT GLIGOROV UNDERWENT SURGERY. STRINGER ZELJKO BAJIC REPORTS FROM SKOPJE. (SERBIAN 10/4)

    GLIGOROV / RECOVERY -- THE CONDITION OF MACEDONIAN PRESIDENT K GLIGOROV, WHO WAS THE TARGET OF AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT, REMAINS RELATIVELY STABLE, ACCORDING THE LATEST REPORTS. IN THE MEANTIME, THE MACEDONIAN PARLIAMENT HAS APPROVED A LAW TO CHANGE ITS NATIONAL FLAG AS STIPULATED BY AN AGREEMENT TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH GREECE. STRINGER ZELJKO BAJIC REPORTS FROM SKOPJE. (SERBIAN 10/5)

    EU / NATO / GLIGOROV -- REPRESENTATIVES OF EUROPEAN UNION AND NATO WELCOME AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN CROATIAN GOVERNMENT AND SERBS IN EASTERN SLAVONIA TO RESOLVE THEIR DIFFERENCES PEACEFULLY. THE EU OFFICIALS DEPLORED THE ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON MACEDONIAN PRESIDENT K GLIGOROV, AS A DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY DESTABILIZING ACT. STRINGER DRAGAN BLAGOJEVIC REPORTS FROM BRUSSELS. (SERBIAN 10/4)

    BOSNIA / REFUGEES -- STRINGER LINDA MILISA TALKS WITH MILAN RAGUS AND MIRSAD MILAVIC OF THE BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA REFUGEE OFFICE ABOUT THE STATUS OF MUSLIM AND BOSNIAN-CROAT REFUGEES AND THE CHANCES THEY WILL RETURN HOME IN THE AREAS OF BOSNIA UNDER THE CONTROL OF JOINT FEDERATION FORCES. BOTH MEN CONCUR THAT A LOT NEEDS TO BE DONE. (CROATIAN 10/4)

    BOSNIA / PEACE INITIATIVE / DISSOLUTION -- PROFESSOR FRANCIS A BOYLE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CLAIMS THAT THE GENEVA AND NEW YORK AGREEMENTS ON BOSNIA AMOUNT TO A CARVE-UP OF THAT COUNTRY, AND THE US PEACE INITIATIVE, HE SAYS, LEADS TO THE DISSOLUTION OF BOSNIA. PROFESSOR BOYLE WAS THE LEGAL ADVISER TO THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT IN 1993, AND HE SEEKS THEIR AUTHORISATION TO START A LEGAL PROCESS AGAINST MEMBER STATES OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL FOR DESTROYING AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED COUNTRY. INTERVIEW BY STAFFER DZEILANA PECANIN. (CROATIAN 10/5)

    POLAND / FIVE YEARS OF WALESA PRESIDENCY -- WARSAW REPORTER WOJTEK MINICZ REPORTS ON POLISH PRESIDENT WALESA'S NEWS CONFERENCE, WHICH FOCUSED ON DEFENDING HIS ACHIEVEMENTS DURING HIS FIVE YEARS IN OFFICE. (POLISH 10/4)

    TURKEY / GOVERNMENT -- TANSU CILLER, THE CARETAKER PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY, SAYS THAT SHE HAS WON THE SUPPORT OF TWO SMALL PARTIES, A LEFTIST AND A NATIONALIST, TO FORM A MINORITY GOVERNMENT. STRINGER ZEYNEP TINAZ REPORTS FROM ANKARA. (TURKISH 10/5)

    ALBANIA / ECONOMY -- ALBANIAN PRIME MINISTER ALEKSANDER MEKSI SAYS THE ALBANIAN ECONOMY IS ON THE WAY TO FULL RECOVERY. MEKSI WAS INTERVIEWED BY STRINGER MERO BAZE. (ALBANIAN 10/5)

    SLOVAK PRESIDENT'S SON / AUSTRIA -- THE SON OF SLOVAK PRESIDENT KOVAC, WHO WAS KIDNAPPED TO AUSTRIA A MONTH AGO, WAS RELEASED FROM AN AUSTRIAN JAIL. HIS BAIL OF ONE MILLION AUSTRIAN SCHILLINGS ($100.000) WAS PAID BY AN UNIDENTIFIED AUSTRIAN DONOR. HE WILL HAVE TO STAY IN AUSTRIA, HOWEVER, UNTIL AUSTRIA RESOLVES THE PROBLEM OF MR. KOVAC BEING WANTED BY GERMAN AUTHORITIES FOR SUSPECTED FRAUD. STRINGER IVAN RAJECKY REPORTS. (SLOVAK 10/3)

    SLOVENIAN PM / UN -- SLOVENIAN PRIME MINISTER JANEZ DRNOVSEK SPOKE EXTENSIVELY AT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS. IN HIS NEW YORK DISCOURSE DR DRNOVSEK TALKED ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AS PEACE MEDIATOR, SPECIALLY IN THE RECENT BOSNIAN CONFLICT, NECESSITY OF EXPANSION OF SECURITY COUNCIL AND THE ROLE THAT SMALL COUNTRIES LIKE SLOVENIA PLAY IN THIS WORLD BODY. STAFF REPORT. (SLOVENE 10/5)

    ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT -- A SERIES OF COMMENTARIES BY AGO AMBRE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE 'ESTONIAN AMERICAN FUND FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION' DEALING WITH PROBLEMS OF WORK ETHICS, ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT, BRIBERY ETC. THESE ARE COMMON CURRENT PROBLEMS IN ESTONIA'S EMERGING MARKET ECONOMY. (ESTONIAN 10/5)

    INSIDE EURASIA:

    CHECHNYA / POLITICS -- STAFFER ASKER SULAYMANI INTERVIEWED YARAGI MAMADAEV, THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF CHECHNYA, WHO WAS VISITING WASHINGTON ON AN INVITATION FROM THE CONGRESS. MR. MAMADAEV DISCUSSED THE EVENTS WHICH LED TO THE WAR AND RUSSIAN POLICY IN CHECHNYA. HE BELIEVES THE CREATION OF A CAUCASIAN FEDERATION CAN BE BENEFICIAL TO THE COUNTRIES OF THE REGION. MR. MAMADAEV ON HIS WAY HOME WILL VISIT JORDAN, TURKEY AND AZERBAIJAN. (AZERI 10/5)

    UKRAINE'S LARGEST EASTERN AND WESTERN CITIES / LVIV-KHARKHIV -- STAFFER ADRIAN KARMAZYN INTERVIEWS YEVHEN KUSHNARIOV A REFORM-MINDED MAYOR OF KHARKIV; MR. KUSHNARIOV HAS VISITED THE USA, IN PARTICULAR CINCINNATI, OHIO, THE SISTER-CITY OF KHARKIV. DURING INTERVIEW HE SPOKE ABOUT THE EXHIBIT "UKRAINE: EAST AND WEST", UNDERSCORING THE IMPORTANCE OF BUSINESS AND CULTURAL COOPERATION BETWEEN BOTH UKRAINIAN CITIES. (UKRAINIAN 10/4)

    US / RUSSIA BUSINESS -- MOBIL OIL PROBLEMS IN SIBERIA EXPLORED BY VAL SIBIRSKY, WHO ALSO DISCUSSED THE KURILE ISLAND FUTURE JOINT VENTURE WITH AN AMERICAN COMPANY. (RUSSIAN 10/4)

    INSIDE LATIN AMERICA:

    COSTA RICAN PRESIDENT / PAHO -- PRESIDENT JOSE MARIA FIGUERES OF COSTA RICA WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE PAN AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN WASHINGTON, WHERE ADVOCATED FOR AN "ALLIANCE OF THE AMERICAS" TO FIGHT POVERTY, HUNGER, AND DISEASE. STAFFER MILTON HOURCADE REPORTS. (SPANISH 10/3)

    PANAMA / UN -- AT THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, PANAMA'S FOREIGN MINISTER OMAR SUAREZ SUPPORTED REFORM OF THE UNITED NATION BUT SAID HIS GOVERNMENT IS WORRIED BY THE CONTINUED REDUCTION OF FUNDS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES CORRESPONDENT LUIS TAMAYO REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (SPANISH 10/4)

    BOLIVIA / DRUG FIGHT -- THE GOVERNMENT OF BOLIVIA PUBLICLY PRAISED EFFORTS BY THE US DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION IN THAT SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY AGAINST DRUG TRAFFIC. STRINGER JORGE GUZMAN REPORTS FROM LA PAZ. (SPANISH 10/4) 05-Oct-95 8:10 PM EDT (0010 UTC)
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