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Voice of America Digest, 10 October 1995

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

Voice of America Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] !!! VOA DIGEST - OCTOBER 10, 1995


  • [01] !!! VOA DIGEST - OCTOBER 10, 1995

    DATE=10/10/95
    TYPE=ADVISORY
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    VOA DIGEST - 10/10/95

    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 FIGHTING -- THE STRUGGLE FOR TERRITORY IN PARTS OF THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA CONTINUE. UN OFFICIALS REPORT HEAVY FIGHTING AT MRKONJIC GRAD WHERE BOSNIAN ARMY TROOPS ARE JOINING WITH CROAT ARMY ARTILLERY TO CAPTURE THE SERB-HELD TOWN. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS FROM VIENNA. (10/10)

    BOSNIA / CEASE-FIRE -- GAS IS FLOWING, THE WATER AND ELECTRICITY HAVE BEEN TURNED ON IN SARAJEVO. THOSE UTILITIES CLEAR THE WAY FOR A CEASE-FIRE TO BEGIN AFTER MIDNIGHT TUESDAY. STRINGER DAVID FOLEY REPORTS FROM SARAJEVO. (10/10)

    UN / YUGO SHUFFLE -- UN SECRETARY GENERAL BOUTROS BOUTROS-GHALI HAS NAMED KOFI ANNAN TO SUCCEED YASHUSHI AKASHI AS UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR THE BALKANS. CORRESPONDENT ELAINE JOHANSON REPORTS MR. AKASHI REQUESTED A CHANGE. HIS SKILLS HAVE BEEN CALLED INTO QUESTION. (10/10)

    BOSNIA / ETHNIC CLEANSING -- UN OFFICIALS IN GENEVA ARE REPORTING FURTHER EXPULSIONS OF MUSLIMS FROM THEIR HOMES IN NORTHERN BOSNIA. CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS ROBERTS REPORTS A SERB FORCE LED BY ZELJKO RAZNATOVIC HAVE ENGAGED IN VIOLENCE AGAINST CIVILIAN POPULATIONS. (10/10)

    YUGO / WAR CRIMES -- HEARINGS BY A WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL CONTINUE WITH TESTIMONY FROM A FORMER MUSLIM PRISONER. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY ALSO REPORTS A HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP ACCUSES THE UN PROTECTION FORCE IN BOSNIA OF CONDONING ABUSES BY SERBS. (10/10)

    BOSNIA / NATO RAID -- NATO WARPLANES HAVE ATTACKED A SERB MILITARY POSITION IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. IN SARAJEVO, A SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SAYS A NEW CEASE-FIRE IN THE COUNTRY WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT EARLY TUESDAY MORNING BECAUSE GOVERNMENT CONDITIONS FOR THE TRUCE HAVE NOT BEEN MET. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS. (10/9)

    BOSNIA / CEASE-FIRE -- UN OFFICIALS IN SARAJEVO HAVE ANNOUNCED A PREVIOUSLY AGREED CEASE-FIRE WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT. THE OFFICIALS SAID GAS SUPPLIES HAVE NOT REACHED THE BOSNIAN CAPITAL, A KEY PRECONDITION FOR THE CEASE-FIRE TO BEGIN. CORRESPONDENT DAVID FOLEY REPORTS FROM SARAJEVO. (10/9)

    US / BOSNIA -- THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SAYS ELECTRICITY HAS BEEN RESTORED TO PARTS OF SARAJEVO AND RUSSIA HAS PROMISED NATURAL GAS WILL FLOW INTO THE BOSNIAN CAPITAL ON TUESDAY. REPORTER VICTOR BEATTIE NOTES THAT THE BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT HAS DEMANDED THE UTILITIES BE RESTORED TO THE CAPITAL BEFORE A US-BROKERED CEASE-FIRE CAN GO INTO EFFECT. (10/9)

    BOSNIA / SITUATION -- HEAVY FIGHTING IS REPORTED IN NORTHWESTERN BOSNIA HOURS BEFORE A NEW CEASE-FIRE IS TO TAKE EFFECT THROUGHOUT BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA. THE BOSNIAN PRESIDENT SAYS THERE WILL BE NO CEASE-FIRE UNTIL UTILITIES ARE RESTORED IN SARAJEVO AND TWO ROADS TO THE MUSLIM ENCLAVE OF GORAZDE ARE OPENED. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS. (10/9)

    BOSNIA / UTILITIES -- UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS NOW SAY THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC UTILITIES WILL BE RESTORED TO SARAJEVO IN TIME FOR A BOSNIA-WIDE CEASE-FIRE TO GO INTO EFFECT LATE MONDAY NIGHT. OFFICIALS HAD SAID EARLIER THAT DELAYS BY THE BOSNIAN CROATS IN REMOVING MINES FROM AROUND DAMAGED ELECTRICAL POWER LINES COULD CAUSE THE CEASE-FIRE TO BE POSTPONED. CORRESPONDENT DAVID FOLEY REPORTS. (10/7)

    BOSNIA / FIGHTING -- HEAVY FIGHTING BETWEEN BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT AND BOSNIAN SERB FORCES IS CONTINUING IN NORTHERN BOSNIA IN THE RUN-UP TO THE START OF A CEASE-FIRE ON TUESDAY MORNING. A SHELL STRUCK A REFUGEE CAMP NEAR TUZLA IN NORTHERN BOSNIA, KILLING AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE, AND INJURING DOZENS OF OTHERS, MANY OF THEM CHILDREN. EFFORTS ARE CONTINUING TO RESTORE UTILITIES TO THE BOSNIAN CAPITAL TO AVOID POSTPONING THE START OF THE CEASE-FIRE. CORRESPONDENT DAVID FOLEY REPORTS FROM SARAJEVO. (10/8)

    BOSNIA / SERB ATTACKS -- NATO WARPLANES HAVE ATTEMPTED TO BOMB BOSNIAN SERB HEAVY GUNS NEAR THE NORTHERN BOSNIAN CITY OF TUZLA, BUT THE PLANES WERE UNABLE TO SPOT THE TARGETS DUE TO BAD WEATHER AND DARKNESS. THE MOVE COMES AFTER THE BOSNIAN SERBS LAUNCHED A ROCKET ATTACK ON A REFUGEE CAMP KILLING SIX PEOPLE, INCLUDING FOUR CHILDREN. THE BOSNIAN SERBS ALSO SHELLED THE UN-CONTROLLED AIRPORT AT TUZLA. FIERCE FIGHTING HAS CONTINUED IN NORTHERN BOSNIA IN THE RUN-UP TO THE START OF A CEASE-FIRE ON TUESDAY MORNING. CORRESPONDENT DAVID FOLEY REPORTS FROM SARAJEVO. (10/8)

    BOSNIA / CEASE-FIRE -- THE UNITED NATIONS SAYS HUNDREDS OF CROATIAN TROOPS HAVE ENTERED BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA IN ADVANCE OF THE NEW CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT FOR BOSNIA. THE CROATIANS ARE HELPING THEIR BOSNIAN ARMY AND BOSNIAN CROAT ALLIES TO DEFEND TERRITORY SEIZED FROM THE BOSNIAN SERBS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS. (10/6)

    US RUSSIA / BOSNIA -- THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA HAVE MOVED CLOSER TO AGREEMENT ON A PLANNED PEACEKEEPING OPERATION FOR BOSNIA THAT WOULD INCLUDE RUSSIAN AS WELL AS NATO FORCES. BUT AFTER A DAY OF TALKS IN GENEVA, US DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY AND HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART PAVEL GRACHEV ACKNOWLEDGED THAT DIFFERENCES REMAIN ON THE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF THE FORCE THAT WOULD BE DEPLOYED IN BOSNIA ONCE THE WARRING FACTIONS REACH A PEACE SETTLEMENT. FROM GENEVA, CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS ROBERTS REPORTS. (10/8)

    US / RUSSIA / BOSNIA -- US DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY AND HIS RUSSIAN COUNTERPART PAVEL GRACHEV ARE MEETING IN GENEVA SEEKING AGREEMENT ON A FORMULA THAT WOULD ALLOW RUSSIAN TROOPS TO PARTICIPATE ALONGSIDE NATO FORCES IN A PEACEKEEPING OPERATION IN BOSNIA. CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS ROBERTS IN GENEVA REPORTS THE MAIN OBSTACLE TO RUSSIAN PARTICIPATION IS MOSCOW'S REFUSAL TO PLACE ITS FORCES UNDER NATO COMMAND. (10/8)

    US / RUSSIA / BOSNIA -- THE US AND RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTERS ARE IN GENEVA FOR A DAY OF TALKS EXPECTED TO FOCUS LARGELY ON RUSSIAN PARTICIPATION ALONGSIDE NATO IN AN EVENTUAL PEACEKEEPING FORCE FOR BOSNIA. CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS ROBERTS IN GENEVA REPORTS THE COMMAND STRUCTURE FOR THE PEACEKEEPING OPERATION IS THE KEY ISSUE IN SUNDAY'S MEETING BETWEEN DEFENSE SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY AND RUSSIA'S DEFENSE MINISTER PAVEL GRACHEV. (10/7)

    PANETTA / BOSNIA -- WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF LEON PANETTA SAYS PRESIDENT CLINTON COULD SEND US TROOPS TO BOSNIA AS PART OF A NATO PEACEKEEPING FORCE WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS. CORRESPONDENT JANE BERGER REPORTS MR. PANETTA WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT THE SITUATION IN BOSNIA IN A US TELEVISION INTERVIEW (NBC MEET THE PRESS). (10/8)

    NATO / BOSNIA -- NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS SAY THEY WANT RUSSIA TO JOIN THEIR POSSIBLE PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA BUT THE OPERATION MUST REMAIN FIRMLY UNDER CONTROL OF THE ALLIES. CORRESPONDENT DAVID SWAN REPORTS THE OFFICIALS ARE WRAPPING UP A TWO-DAY MEETING IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA. (10/6)

    WORLD BANK / BOSNIA -- INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL OFFICIALS, MEETING IN WASHINGTON, HAVE EXPRESSED WILLINGNESS TO PROVIDE BOTH DEBT RELIEF AND RECONSTRUCTION AID TO BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA IF AND WHEN A PEACE AGREEMENT IS REACHED. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS OFFICIALS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND WORLD BANK EXPECT BOTH AGENCIES TO TAKE THE LEAD ROLE IN SUCH ASSISTANCE. (10/9)

    CLINTON / TRAIN SABOTAGE -- PRESIDENT CLINTON EXPRESSED OUTRAGE AT THE APPARENT SABATOGE OF A PASSENGER TRAIN IN ARIZONA ON MONDAY. ONE PERSON WAS KILLED. THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE GOVERNMENT WILL USE ALL THE TOOLS IT HAS AVAILABLE TO FIND AND PUNISH THOSE RESPONSIBLE. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT DAVID BORGIDA REPORTS. (10/10)

    US / TRAIN / PROBE -- US OFFICIALS HAVE REQUESTED ALL RAIL CARRIERS TO BE ON A STATE OF ALERT FOLLOWING MONDAY'S DERAILMENT OF AN AMTRAK PASSENGER TRAIN IN THE SOUTHWEST STATE OF ARIZONA. ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AND AT LEAST 83 WERE INJURED. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE IN WASHINGTON REPORTED FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS ARE TREATING THE DERAILMENT AS A CASE OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM. (10/10)

    AMTRAK DERAILMENT -- ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND MORE THAN 100 INJURED AFTER A PRE-DAWN PASSENGER TRAIN DERAILMENT MONDAY IN ARIZONA. CORRESPONDENT ALAN SILVERMAN REPORTS FROM LOS ANGELES, AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING REPORTS THE TRACK MAY HAVE BEEN SABOTAGED. (10/9)

    NOBEL ECONOMICS -- THE NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS THIS YEAR HAS GONE TO ROBERT LUCAS, A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO. THE 58-YEAR-OLD PROFESSOR HAS CHALLENGED TRADITIONAL KEYNSIAN ECONOMIC THEORIES ABOUT THE INFLUENCE OF GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN ECONOMICS. STRINGER FENELA CHILDS IN STOCKHOLM REPORTS. (10/10)

    NOBEL ECONOMICS -- CHICAGO CORRESPONDENT PAUL FRANCUCH HAS A PROFILE ON ROBERT LUCAS, THE NEWLY NAMED NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IN ECONOMICS. MR LUCAS TEACHES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WHICH HAS PRODUCED EIGHT PREVIOUS NOBEL WINNERS IN ECONOMICS. (10/10)

    NOBEL MEDICINE / CAL-TECH -- TWO AMERICANS AND A GERMAN SCIENTIST ARE SHARING THE 1995 NOBEL PRIZE FOR MEDICINE FOR THEIR PIONEERING RESEARCH INTO HOW GENES CONTROL THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMBRYOS. CORRESPONDENT ALAN SILVERMAN REPORTS. (10/9)

    NOBEL / MEDICINE -- THIS YEAR'S NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE HAS GONE TO THREE DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGISTS: AMERICANS EDWARD LEWIS AND ERIC WIESCHAUS AND GERMAN CHRISTIANE N?USSLEIN-VOLHARD. STRINGER FENELA CHILDS REPORTS FROM STOCKHOLM. (10/9)

    CLINTON / ZEDILLO -- MEXICO'S PRESIDENT ARRIVED FOR A MEETING AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE PRESIDENT CLINTON MET HIM AND EXPRESSED CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSSES CAUSED BY AN EARTHQUAKE IN MEXICO ON MONDAY. CORRESPONDENT DAVID BORGIDA REPORTS PRESIDENTS CLINTON AND ZEDILLO ARE TALKING TRADE AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES. (10/10)

    MEXICO / EARTHQUAKE -- AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN REPORTED DEAD AND NEARLY 100 INJURED FROM THE EARTHQUAKE THAT SHOOK THE PACIFIC COAST OF MEXICO MONDAY. RESCUE WORKERS ARE SEARCHING THROUGH THE RUBBLE FOR BODIES FROM THE EARTHQUAKE THAT REGISTERED 7.5 ON THE RICHTER SCALE. STRINGER CINDY LAVANDEROS REPORTS. (10/10)

    MEXICO QUAKE -- A MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE HAS STRUCK THE WESTERN COAST OF MEXICO,KILLING AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE AND INJURING SCORES OF OTHERS. AS CORRESPONDENT BILL RODGERS REPORTS, THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE HARDEST HIT AREAS. (10/9)

    EARTHQUAKE / MEXICO -- A POWERFUL EARTHQUAKE REGISTERING 7.5 ON THE RICHTER SCALE STRUCK THE WESTERN COAST OF MEXICO MONDAY MORNING. THE OFFICIAL NUMBER OF DEATHS IS AT LEAST 25 WITH MORE THAN 100 WOUNDED. MORE FROM STRINGER CINDY LAVANDEROS IN MEXICO CITY. (10/9)

    HURRICANE ROXANNE -- STILL ANOTHER HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC-CARIBBEAN AREA. CORRESPONDENT JIM TEEPLE REPORTS THE FORMATION OF A RECORD TYING 10TH HURRICANE OF THE SEASON. THERE WERE 10 IN 1933. ROXANNE IS A THREAT TO THE YUCATAN PENINSULA IN MEXICO. (10/10)

    PHILIPPINES / EVACUATION -- PHILIPPINE DISASTER OFFICIALS HAVE BEGUN THE MASS EVACUATION OF MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE LIVING IN TOWNS NEAR MOUNT PINATUBO THREATENED BY MASSIVE VOLCANIC MUDSLIDES. STRINGER MARIE ORARA IN MANILA REPORTS THAT AS OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR MORE HEAVY RAINS THIS SEASON, THEY EXPECT HEAVY MUDFLOWS TO SWAMP THE THREATENED TOWNS. (10/9)

    INDONESIA / EARTHQUAKE -- REPORTS FROM INDONESIA SAY AN EARTHQUAKE THAT STRUCK THE ISLAND OF SUMATRA EARLY SATURDAY MAY HAVE KILLED AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE. CORRESPONDENT DAN ROBINSON IS MONITORING DEVELOPMENTS FROM OUR SOUTHEAST ASIA BUREAU AND HAS THIS REPORT. (10/7)

    INDONESIA / AFTER QUAKE -- IN INDONESIA, MANY VILLAGERS IN THE REMOTE MOUNTAINOUS REGION ON THE ISLAND OF SUMATRA HIT BY A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE SPENT SATURDAY NIGHT HUDDLED AROUND BONFIRES, FEARFUL OF AFTERSHOCKS. AS CORRESPONDENT DAVID BUTLER REPORTS FROM BANGKOK, AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE DIED IN THE WORST EARTHQUAKE TO HIT INDONESIA THIS YEAR. (10/8)

    INDONESIA / QUAKE -- IN INDONESIA, TROOPS HAVE BEEN SENT TO CENTRAL SUMATRA TO HELP SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS OF SATURDAY'S LARGE EARTHQUAKE. OFFICIALS SAY DOZENS OF PERSONS WERE KILLED BY THE QUAKE AND THEY FEAR MORE BODIES ARE STILL TO BE FOUND IN COLLAPSED HOMES. CORRESPONDENT DAVID BUTLER HAS THIS REPORT FROM BANGKOK. (10/7)

    BANGLADESH FLOODS -- GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN NORTHERN BANGLADESH SAY FLOODS CAUSED BY HEAVY RAINS HAVE KILLED MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE THERE, AS THE BATTLE BETWEEN PRIME MINISTER KHALEDA ZIA'S GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION PARTIES CONTINUES. STRINGER SANDRA MAXWELL REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI. (10/9)

    AZERBAIJAN / OIL -- ALL PARTIES ARE CLAIMING VICTORY IN THE LATEST MOVE TOWARD EXPLOITING MASSIVE CASPIAN SEA OIL RESERVES. OFFICIALS IN AZERBAIJAN HAVE ANNOUNCED INITIAL PRODUCTION OF THE OIL WILL BE SENT OUT THROUGH TWO PIPELINES, ONE TO RUSSIA AND THE OTHER THROUGH GEORGIA TO TURKEY. CORRESPONDENT ELIZABETH ARROTT IN MOSCOW REPORTS THE COMPROMISE IS PART OF INTENSE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR CONTROL OF THE OIL FLOW. (10/9)

    PALESTINIAN PRISONERS -- ABOUT 100 PALESTINIANS WALKED TO FREEDOM AS A RESULT OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE ACCORD. JERUSALEM CORRESPONDENT AL PESSIN REPORTS FROM THE WEST BANK TOWN OF NABLUS WHERE SOME OF THE PRISONERS WERE SET FREE. (10/10)

    PALESTINIAN PRISONERS -- ISRAEL BEGAN TO IMPLEMENT ITS NEW PEACE ACCORD WITH THE PALESTINIANS ON SUNDAY, BUT THE EFFORT RAN INTO SOME PROBLEMS. AT THE SAME TIME, PALESTINIANS WORKED ON RECONCILIATION WITHIN THEIR OWN RANKS. CORRESPONDENT AL PESSIN REPORTS FROM JERUSALEM. (10/8)

    PALESTINIAN PRISONERS -- TWENTY-ONE PALESTINIAN WOMEN REFUSED TO LEAVE ISRAELI JAILS FOR FREEDOM SUNDAY, AS PROVIDED IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE AGREEMENT, TO PROTEST ISRAEL'S REFUSAL TO RELEASE FOUR OF THEIR COMRADES. CORRESPONDENT AL PESSIN REPORTS FROM JERUSALEM. (10/8)

    ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS / WITHDRAWAL -- SENIOR ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN LEADERS MET LATE SATURDAY AND INTO SUNDAY MORNING TO PLAN THE FIRST STAGES OF THE ISRAELI WITHDRAWAL FROM MUCH OF THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK. THE WITHDRAWAL IS REQUIRED BY THE NEW PEACE ACCORD SIGNED LAST WEEK AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND APPROVED BY THE ISRAELI PARLIAMENT ON FRIDAY. CORRESPONDENT AL PESSIN REPORTS. (10/7)

    EGYPT / SYRIA -- EGYPT'S PRESIDENT HAS VISITED DAMASCUS FOR TALKS ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS WITH PRESIDENT HAFEZ AL ASAD. CAIRO STRINGER KIM REID REPORTS PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK IS ATTEMPTING TO REVIVE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN SYRIA AND ISRAEL. (10/10)

    US / MIDEAST -- THREE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN US OFFICIALS AND VISITING SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER FAROUQ AL-SHARA PROVIDED NO SPECIFIC BREAKTHROUGH IN PEACE TALKS BETWEEN SYRIA AND ISRAEL. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS WHILE THE UNITED STATES INSISTS IT WILL REMAIN ENGAGED WITH THE PARTIES, IT SAYS THEY MUST SHOW A WILLINGNESS TO MAKE PEACE. (10/7)

    POPE / BALTIMORE -- POPE JOHN PAUL IS ON HIS WAY BACK TO ROME AFTER ENDING HIS FIVE DAY TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES. THE POPE CONCLUDED HIS US TRIP WITH A 10-HOUR VISIT TO BALTIMORE SUNDAY. THERE, THE PONTIFF CALLED ON US CATHOLICS TO USE TRUTH AS THEIR GUIDE AND BRIGHTEN THE WORLD WITH THEIR FAITH. STAFFER RICK NUNEZ REPORTS FROM BALTIMORE. (10/9)

    POPE DEPARTURE -- POPE JOHN PAUL HAS ENDED HIS FIVE-DAY VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES. THE PONTIFF LEFT BALTIMORE FOR ROME SUNDAY AFTER A SEND-OFF FROM VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE. STRINGER RICK NUNEZ HAS THE STORY. (10/8)

    POPE BALTIMORE MASS -- POPE JOHN PAUL IS IN BALTIMORE ON HIS LAST STOP OF HIS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES. AS WE HEAR FROM STRINGER RICK NUNEZ, THE POPE CALLED ON AMERICANS TO KEEP BIBLICAL WISDOM IN MIND WHEN DEBATING MORAL ISSUES. (10/8)

    POPE / PARK / MASS -- POPE JOHN PAUL CELEBRATED MASS OUTDOORS IN CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK CITY SATURDAY. MORE THAN 150-THOUSAND PEOPLE GATHERED TO TAKE PART IN THE RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AND TO LISTEN TO THE PONTIFF'S MESSAGE. CORRESPONDENT CHRIS SIMKINS REPORTS. (10/7)

    EGYPT / LIBYA -- EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AMR MOUSSA, JUST BACK IN CAIRO AFTER TALKS WITH LIBYAN LEADER MUAMMAR GADDAFI, SAYS HE IS OPTIMISTIC THAT THE PLIGHT OF HUNDREDS OF PALESTINIANS CAMPED ON THE LIBYAN-EGYPTIAN BORDER WILL SOON BE RESOLVED. STRINGER KIM REID REPORTS. (10/7)

    UAE / MAID -- THE TRIAL OF PHILIPPINE MAID SARAH BALABAGAN IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES HAS BEEN ADJOURNED UNTIL OCTOBER 30TH. SHE IS APPEALING A DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLING HER EMPLOYER. MEANWHILE, MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS IN THE PHILIPPINES STAGED A JOINT DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE UAE EMBASSY, PROTESTING BALABAGAN'S SENTENCE. STRINGER KIM REID HAS MORE FROM CAIRO. (10/9)

    CYPRUS -- PRESIDENT GLAFKOS CLERIDES OF CYPRUS COMPLAINS ABOUT UNITED NATIONS INACTION IN RESOLVING THE DISPUTE ABOUT CYPRUS. THE LEADER OF THE MAJORITY GREEK COMMUNITY ON THE ISLAND SAYS TURKISH CYPRIOTS HAVE THE BACKING OF TURKISH TROOPS IN PRESERVING THE STATUS QUO ON THE DIVIDED ISLAND. CORRESPONDENT ELAINE JOHANSON REPORTS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS ON THE GREEK LEADER'S ADDRESS TO THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY. (10/10)

    NIGERIA / KILLING -- AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF NIGERIA'S MILITARY REGIME HAS BEEN SHOT DOWN IN HIS HOME IN LAGOS. STRINGER CINDY SHINER REPORTS ON THE DEATH OF A VETERAN POLITICIAN AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN WITH TIES TO SOME OF NIGERIA'S MOST PROMINENT PERSONALITIES. (10/7)

    RUSSIA / CHECHNYA -- RUSSIAN PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN IS CONSIDERING WHETHER TO IMPOSE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN CHECHNYA FOLLOWING FRIDAY'S BOMB ATTACK ON A TOP RUSSIAN GENERAL. AS CORRESPONDENT PETER COLLINS REPORTS FROM MOSCOW, TENSION IN CHECHNYA REMAINS HIGH, WHILE MR YELTSIN'S SENIOR ADVISERS APPEAR DIVIDED OVER WHAT COURSE TO TAKE. (10/9)

    RUSSIA / PROSECUTOR -- RUSSIAN PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN HAS FIRED THE COUNTRY'S TOP PROSECUTOR. CORRESPONDENT ELIZABETH ARROTT IN MOSCOW REPORTS THE MOVE IS BEING SEEN AS PART OF POLITICAL MANEUVERING AHEAD OF UPCOMING ELECTIONS. (10/8)

    TAIWAN / NATIONAL DAY -- TAIPEI STRINGER KENDALL BUHL REPORTS ON REMARKS BY TAIWAN'S PRESIDENT AS THE ISLAND NATION CELEBRATES ITS TRADITIONAL NATIONAL DAY. IN 1949, THE NATIONALISTS ESTABLISHED A GOVERNMENT-IN-EXILE, BUT CHINA CONSIDERS TAIWAN TO BE JUST AN UNRULY PROVINCE. (10/10)

    CHINA PRESIDENT -- CHINA HAS MADE PUBLIC A MAJOR POLICY SPEECH BY PRESIDENT JIANG ZEMIN, WHO IS DESCRIBED AS THE HEAD OF THE NEW GENERATION OF CHINESE LEADERS. AS CORRESPONDENT STEPHANIE HO REPORTS, THE OFFICIAL XINHUA NEWS AGENCY REPORTED THE SPEECH SUNDAY, MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER IT WAS PRESENTED. (10/8)

    CHINA / ECONOMICS -- CHINA'S NEW FIVE-YEAR PLAN IS BEING CLOSELY ANALYZED FOR CLUES ABOUT THE DIRECTION THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC POLICIES WILL TAKE IN THE POST-DENG XIAOPING ERA. CORRESPONDENT GIL BUTLER HAS MORE ON THAT AND OTHER NEWS IN AN ECONOMIC ROUNDUP FROM BEIJING. (10/9)

    ZHANG YIMOU -- ONE OF CHINA'S BEST-KNOWN FILM DIRECTORS SAYS IT IS DIFFICULT MAKING MOVIES THAT MEET THE DEMANDS OF BOTH GOVERNMENT CENSORS AND AN INCREASINGLY DISCRIMINATING AUDIENCE. CORRESPONDENT STEPHANIE HO RECENTLY SPOKE WITH ZHANG YIMOU IN BEIJING AND FILED A REPORT. (10/9)

    NORTH KOREA DEFENSE -- NORTH KOREAN RADIO ANNOUNCED MONDAY THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW DEFENSE MINISTER AND OTHER CHANGES IN THE MILITARY LEADERSHIP. AS STRINGER SHIN NA REPORTS FROM SEOUL, OBSERVERS IN SOUTH KOREA SEE THIS AS A SIGN OF KIM JONG- IL'S GROWING HOLD ON POWER. (10/9)

    NORTH KOREA / ANNIVERSARY -- NORTH KOREA CELEBRATED THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE COUNTRY'S RULING COMMUNIST PARTY, WITH A MILITARY PARADE. BUT AS STRINGER SHIN NA REPORTS FROM SEOUL, IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER THE OCCASION WAS ALSO USED TO FORMALLY INSTALL KIM JONG-IL IN POWER, AS SOME ANALYSTS HAD PREDICTED. (10/10)

    JAPAN / POLITICS -- JAPAN'S MINISTER OF JUSTICE, TOMOHARU TAZAWA, HAS RESIGNED AFTER HE FAILED TO REPORT A TWO-MILLION-DOLLAR LOAN TO JAPAN'S PARLIAMENT, AND THE PUBLISHING OF A NEWSPAPER STORY ALLEGING HE MADE A SECRET DEAL WITH MEMBERS OF THE LEADING OPPOSITION PARTY. STRINGER THOMAS CALDWELL REPORTS FROM TOKYO. (10/9)

    JAPAN / FINANCE -- THE PRESIDENT OF DAIWA BANK IN JAPAN HAS RESIGNED AMID THE GROWING SCANDAL OVER THE INSTITUTION'S ILLEGAL TRADING IN US GOVERNMENT SECURITIES. STRINGER THOMAS CALDWELL REPORTS FROM TOKYO. (10/9)

    INDIA / KIDNAP -- AS THE COLD WEATHER SETS IN, FOUR WESTERN HOSTAGES REMAIN IN CAPTIVITY IN INDIAN KASHMIR. OFFICIALS OF THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT SAY THE ISLAMIC MILITANTS, WHO KIDNAPPED THE TOURISTS IN EARLY JULY, HAVE MOVED THEIR CAMP SOUTH FOR THE WINTER. THE GOVERNMENT HAS RULED OUT ANY ATTEMPT BY THE MILITARY TO RESCUE THE HOSTAGES. STRINGER JENNIFER MORROW HAS THE DETAILS FROM NEW DELHI. (10/8)

    INDIA / KASHMIR -- AN INDIAN ARMY RAID ON A STRONGHOLD IN INDIAN KASHMIR HAS LEFT FIVE DEAD. THE STRONGHOLD WAS SAID TO BE MANNED BY AN ISLAMIC MILITANT GROUP THAT FAVORS KASHMIR INTEGRATION INTO PAKISTAN. JENNIFER MORROW REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI. (10/10)

    INDIA / RUSHDIE -- THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA HAS BANNED THE MOST RECENT BOOK BY SALMON RUSHDIE BECAUSE POLITICIANS CALL IT INSULTING. MR. RUSHDIE WAS ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY IN IRAN FOR AN EARLIER BOOK. STRINGER JENNIFER MORROW REPORTS COPIES HAVE BEEN SEIZED WHILE THE MATERIAL IN THE BOOK IS REVIEWED. (10/10)

    LANKA ATTACK -- SRI LANKAN POLICE SAY ASSAILANTS ARMED WITH GUNS AND GRENADES HAVE ATTACKED THE HEAVILY GUARDED HOME OF A LEADING TAMIL POLITICIAN AND FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED. CORRESPONDENT MICHAEL DRUDGE REPORTS FROM THE SRI LANKAN CAPITAL, COLOMBO. (10/9)

    KARACHI / KILLINGS -- PAKISTANI POLICE SAY THREE SUSPECTED MILITANTS OF THE MOHAJIR QAUMI MOVEMENT HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A SHOOT-OUT. ISLAMABAD CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN REPORTS THE THREE WERE IN POLICE CUSTODY AT THE TIME. (10/10)

    UN / AFGHANISTAN -- THE UN HAS ISSUED ITS ANNUAL APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID FOR AFGHANISTAN, REQUESTING 124 MILLION DOLLARS TO FUND EMERGENCY RELIEF OPERATIONS AND REHABILITATION PROJECTS IN THE WAR-BATTERED NATION. THE UN APPEAL WAS PRESENTED TO REPRESENTATIVES OF DONOR NATIONS MONDAY IN GENEVA. BUT AS WE HEAR FROM CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS ROBERTS, THE PROSPECTS OF FULLY FUNDING THE PROGRAM REMAIN UNCERTAIN AT BEST. (10/9)

    CLAES / CRISIS -- A BELGIAN PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE IS STUDYING A REQUEST THAT THE NATO SECRETARY GENERAL, WILLY CLAES, BE PUT ON TRIAL FOR CORRUPTION. IF SUCH A TRIAL IS HELD, IT WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY FORCE MR. CLAES' RESIGNATION FROM HIS JOB. STRINGER JOHN FRASER REPORTS FROM BRUSSELS. (10/9)

    CLAES / CORRUPTION -- NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL WILLY CLAES SAYS HE WILL NOT RESIGN HIS POST, THOUGH A BELGIAN PROSECUTOR SAYS HE SHOULD STAND TRIAL ON CORRUPTION CHARGES. CORRESPONDENT DAVID SWAN REPORTS. (10/6)

    FRANCE / ALGERIA -- FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC IS SAID TO BE PREPARING FOR A MEETING WITH ALGERIAN PRESIDENT LIAMINE ZEROUAL. BUT REPORTS ABOUT THE MEETING ARE SAID TO BE PREMATURE ACCORDING TO THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY. STRINGER JULIAN NUNDY SAYS MR. CHIRAC ALREADY CONFIRMED THE MEETING IN REMARKS IN SPAIN. (10/10)

    FRANCE / JUPPE -- AFTER ONLY FIVE MONTHS IN OFFICE, FRENCH PRIME MINISTER ALAIN JUPPE IS IN A DELICATE POSITION. HE IS UNDER CRITICISM BOTH FOR PERSONAL HOUSING DEALS AND FOR LACK OF ACCOMPLISHMENT BY HIS GOVERNMENT. STRINGER JULIAN NUNDY REPORTS FROM PARIS. (10/9)

    FRANCE / STRIKE -- GOVERNMENT WORKERS STRIKE IN FRANCE. PARIS STRINGER JULIAN NUNDY REPORTS WORKERS ARE REACTING TO A DECISION TO FREEZE PUBLIC SECTOR SALARIES UNTIL THE END OF 1996. (10/10)

    FRANCE / BOMB -- A BOMB HAS EXPLODED ALONGSIDE A RAILROAD TRACK IN THE PARIS SUBURBS. NO ONE WAS HURT. IT WAS THE SIXTH EXPLOSION IN FRANCE THAT ARE BLAMED ON ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS SINCE JULY. STRINGER JULIAN NUNDY REPORTS FROM PARIS. (10/8)

    UN / BUDGET CRISIS -- UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BOUTROS BOUTROS GHALI SAYS EMERGENCY MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN SOON IF UN MEMBER STATES DO NOT PAY THE MONEY THEY OWE THE WORLD ORGANIZATION. CORRESPONDENT WAYNE COREY REPORTS. (10/9)

    WORLD BANK -- FINANCE MINISTERS REPRESENTING ALMOST ALL THE WORLD'S COUNTRIES HAVE CALLED ON WEALTHY DONOR NATIONS TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT FOR THE WORLD BANK DIVISION THAT HELPS THE POOREST OF THE POOR. CORRESPONDENT ART CHIMES REPORTS. (10/9)

    GERMANY / FRANCE / MAASTRICHT -- A GERMAN CENTRAL BANK FIGURE SUPPORTS FRENCH PARTICIPATION IN THE UNIFIED EUROPEAN CURRENCY ARRANGEMENT. OTMAR ISSING SAYS THE TROUBLES OF THE FRANC SHOULD NOT GET IN THE WAY OF EVENTUAL CURRENCY UNITY IN 1999. CORRESPONDENT IMANI CROSBY REPORTS IN WASHINGTON. (10/10)

    BRITAIN / SPY -- JOHN CAIRNCROSS, THE MAN IDENTIFIED AS THE FIFTH MEMBER OF A NOTORIOUS RING WHICH SPIED FOR THE SOVIET UNION, HAS DIED IN BRITAIN AT THE AGE OF 82. IN THIS BACKGROUND REPORT FROM LONDON, CORRESPONDENT ANDRE DE NESNERA TRACES THE CAREER OF THE MAN ASSOCIATED WITH SPIES SUCH AS KIM PHILBY AND DONALD MCLEAN. (10/9)

    THAILAND / KUKRIT OBIT -- THE MULTIFACETED ELDER STATESMAN OF 20TH CENTURY THAILAND, KUKRIT PRAMOJ, DIED MONDAY AT THE AGE OF 84. AS STRINGER DAVID BUTLER REPORTS FROM BANGKOK, ROJAWONG KUKRIT WAS A BRILLIANT STUDENT, DANCER, THINKER, AND POLITICIAN. (10/9)

    RUSSIA / CZAR -- A RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH GROUP QUESTIONS FINDINGS BY AN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION THAT THE REMAINS OF THE LAST CZAR OF RUSSIA HAS BEEN FOUND. THE PLANS FOR A RE-BURIAL CEREMONY ARE NOW CALLED INTO QUESTION. MOSCOW STRINGER PETER HEINLEIN REPORTS THE CHURCH GROUP WANTS A REVIEW OF THE COMMISSION'S INVESTIGATION. (10/10)

    CZECH / NATO -- THE CZECH REPUBLIC SAYS IT WANTS TO BE AMONG THE FIRST OF THE FORMERLY COMMUNIST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO JOIN NATO, AND HAS OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED THE TWO-WEEK OLD STUDY ON ENLARGING THE ALLIANCE. STRINGER ALENA KENCLOVA REPORTS FROM PRAGUE. (10/9)

    PALESTINIANS / PSYCHOLOGY -- ON TUESDAY, ISRAEL IS TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF REMOVING ITS OFFICES AND MILITARY FORCES FROM MUCH OF THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK, AND GIVING THE AREA AUTONOMY UNDER THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY. AS THE PROCESS BEGINS, MOST ATTENTION HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THE COMPLEX DETAILS OF TROOP WITHDRAWAL, HANDOVER OF CIVIL AUTHORITY AND THE RELEASE OF PRISONERS. BUT PALESTINIAN PSYCHOLOGISTS RECENTLY HELD A CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS AN ASPECT OF THESE CHANGES WHICH HAS RECEIVED LITTLE ATTENTION SO FAR, THE IMPACT ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED. CORRESPONDENT AL PESSIN REPORTS FROM JERUSALEM. (10/9)

    NORTHERN IRELAND / ECONOMY -- THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS LAUNCHING A PROGRAM AIMED AT ENCOURAGING THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT NORTHERN IRELAND DURING THE PAST 25 YEARS TO RETURN HOME AND INVEST IN THE PROVINCE'S FUTURE. CORRESPONDENT ANDRE DE NESNERA SPOKE TO NORTHERN IRELAND'S MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BARONESS DENTON ABOUT THE PLAN AND REPORTS FROM LONDON. (10/9)

    DOLE / FOREIGN POLICY -- THE LEADER OF REPUBLICANS IN THE US SENATE IS CRITICIZING PRESIDENT CLINTON'S DECISION TO EASE SOME RESTRICTIONS ON CUBA. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BOB DOLE SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION'S NEW POLICY AMOUNTS TO A PROPAGANDA VICTORY FOR CUBAN PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO. CORRESPONDENT JIM MALONE REPORTS. (10/6)

    US / CUBA -- PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS HE IS TIGHTENING THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE 34-YEAR-OLD ECONOMIC EMBARGO ON CUBA BUT AT THE SAME TIME RELAXING SOME RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD EASE TRAVEL AND THE EXCHANGE OF MONEY AND INFORMATION BETWEEN CUBANS AND AMERICANS. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT DAVID BORGIDA REPORTS. (10/6)

    US / CUBA / REACTION -- MEMBERS OF THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT HAVE DENOUNCED PRESIDENT CLINTON'S DECISION TO EASE TRAVEL, PERSONAL AND CULTURAL RESTRICTIONS ON CUBA WHILE AT THE SAME TIME TIGHTENING THE 33-YEAR-OLD TRADE EMBARGO. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS THE PRESIDENT OF CUBA'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CALLS IT A JOKE WHILE CUBAN EXILES ARE DIVIDED OVER THE MOVE. (10/7)

    US / CUBA -- A DELEGATION OF AMERICAN BUSINESSMEN AND EDUCATORS HAS MET WITH CUBAN PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO AND QUOTE HIM AS SAYING HIS GOVERNMENT'S TOP PRIORITY IS THE LIFTING OF THE 33 YEAR OLD US TRADE EMBARGO ON HAVANA. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS THE DELEGATION WENT TO CUBA AS PRESIDENT CLINTON EASED SOME RESTRICTIONS BUT TIGHTENED THE EMBARGO AS A WAY OF PRESSING FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORM. (10/8)

    CUBA / HUMAN RIGHTS -- A REPORT ISSUED MONDAY BY THE US BASED GROUP HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH SAYS DESPITE THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT'S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE ITS IMAGE INTERNATIONALLY, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS CONTINUE IN CUBA. CORRESPONDENT BARBARA SCHOETZAU REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (10/9)

    PEACE IN ANGOLA -- WAR WEARY ANGOLANS STUMBLE TOWARD PEACE. ENDING THE VIOLENCE, HOWEVER, WILL NOT BE EASY BECAUSE LAND MINES SEEDED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY DISCOURAGE FARMERS FROM WORKING CROP LAND. STAFFERED WARNER REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON ON THE ASSESSMENTS OF TWO EXPERTS ON THE ANGOLAN CIVIL WAR. (10/10)

    SAF / ELECTIONS -- SOUTH AFRICA'S LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS ARE NOW LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY AND THE POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. CORRESPONDENT MALLORY SALESON REPORTS FROM JOHANNESBURG AS THE PARTIES ATTACK ONE ANOTHER THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE THAT MUCH INTEREST IN THE ELECTIONS. (10/9)

    KENYA / MOI -- PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI SAYS THERE WILL BE NO SANCTUARY FOR RWANDANS SUSPECTED OF GENOCIDE. THOSE ALREADY IN KENYA WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE. NAIROBI CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA REPORTS THE KENYAN LEADER SAYS HE DOES NOT WANT A COVER UP OF THE SLAUGHTER THAT OCCURRED IN RWANDA. (10/10)

    AFRICA / MEDIA -- REPORTER WILLIAM EAGLE IN WASHINGTON EXPLORES MEDIA DEVELOPMENT IN ANGOLA AND MOZAMBIQUE. PORTUGUESE NEWS OUTLETS PARTICULARLY ARE HANDICAPPED AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF NEWS MEDIA STILL IS TO BE ESTABLISHED. (10/10)

    IVORY COAST / POLITICS -- IVORY COAST PRESIDENT HENRI KONAN BEDIE LAUNCHED HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WITH AN APPEAL FOR PEACE FOLLOWING DEMONSTRATIONS LAST WEEK IN WHICH AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED. CORRESPONDENT PURNELL MURDOCK REPORTS FROM THE IVORIAN COMMERCIAL CAPITAL, ABIDJAN. (10/8)

    CHILE GENERAL -- IN CHILE, A TOP GENERAL HAS FINALLY RESIGNED, 18 MONTHS AFTER THE CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT REQUESTED THAT HE STEP DOWN. SENIOR GOVERNMENT MEMBERS HAVE WELCOMED THE DECISION BY GENERAL RODOLFO STANGE, THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL POLICE FORCE, WHO HAD BEEN IMPLICATED IN SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. FROM SANTIAGO, STRINGER REBECCA CARR REPORTS. (10/8)

    GUATEMALA / RESIGNATION -- GUATEMALA'S DEFENSE MINISTER HAS RESIGNED, JUST A FEW DAYS AFTER ARMY TROOPS WERE INVOLVED IN AN INCIDENT IN WHICH ELEVEN CIVILIANS WERE KILLED. AS CORRESPONDENT BILL RODGERS REPORTS FROM OUR CENTRAL AMERICAN BUREAU, MONDAY'S RESIGNATION IS AIMED AT QUELLING THE STORM OF CRITICISM OVER THE ROLE OF THE MILITARY IN THE KILLINGS. (10/9)

    KOREA / RICE AID -- SOUTH KOREA SENT ITS LAST SHIPMENT OF HUMANITARIAN RICE AID TO NORTH KOREA SATURDAY. AS STRINGER SHIN NA REPORTS FROM SEOUL, THIS LAST DELIVERY OCCURS AS RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES BECOME INCREASINGLY DISTANT. (10/7)

    BANGLADESH / STRIKE -- ACTIVITY CAME TO A STANDSTILL IN ALL OF BANGLADESH'S MAJOR CITIES ON SATURDAY IN A GENERAL STRIKE LED BY THE OPPOSITION. THE OPPOSITION WANTS TO PRESSURE THE GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER BEGUM KHALEDA ZIA TO STEP DOWN. STRINGER SANDRA MAXWELL REPORTS. (10/7)

    WORLD BANK / IMF -- AN ANNUAL MEETING OF THE IMF, WORLD BANK FAMILY OF ORGANIZATIONS IS UNDER WAY IN WASHINGTON. CORRESPONDENT ART CHIMES REPORTS THE LIMITS OF RESOURCES ARE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES. (10/10)

    G-7 / CURRENCIES -- FINANCE MINISTERS FROM THE BIG INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES HAVE MET IN WASHINGTON, AND THEY EXPRESSED GENERAL SATISFACTION WITH THE ECONOMIC DIRECTION THEY'VE BEEN TAKING. CORRESPONDENT ART CHIMES REPORTS THEY WELCOMED THE RECENT INCREASE IN THE VALUE OF THE DOLLAR. (10/7)

    G-24 -- DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HAVE APPEALED TO RICH NATIONS FOR INCREASED AID AND MORE RELIEF FROM THEIR DEBT BURDEN. THE CALL CAME SATURDAY FROM MINISTERS OF THE SO-CALLED "GROUP OF 24," MEETING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ANNUAL GET-TOGETHER OF THE WORLD BANK AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND. CORRESPONDENT ART CHIMES REPORTS. (10/7)

    NORTHERN IRELAND / BRUTON -- IRELAND'S PRIME MINISTER JOHN BRUTON SAYS HE EXPECTS IRELAND AND BRITAIN TO MOVE QUICKLY TO ESTABLISH AN INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION TO OVERSEE THE SURRENDER OF WEAPONS BY PARAMILITARY GROUPS IN NORTHERN IRELAND. MR. BRUTON SPOKE IN NEW YORK BEFORE RETURNING TO DUBLIN ON FRIDAY AFTER MEETINGS WITH BUSINESS OFFICIALS AND IRISH-AMERICANS. CORRESPONDENT LARRY FREUND REPORTS. (10/6)

    RUBIN / MEXICO -- US TREASURY SECRETARY ROBERT RUBIN SAYS HE EXPECTS MEXICO'S ECONOMY TO RESUME GROWTH NEXT YEAR. HE SAYS THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT'S PLEDGE TO REPAY NEARLY A BILLION DOLLARS IN EMERGENCY LOANS IS EVIDENCE OF THE COUNTRY'S IMPROVED FINANCIAL SITUATION. CORRESPONDENT NICK SIMEONE REPORTS THE MEXICAN ECONOMY WAS ONE OF THE ISSUES ON THE THE SECRETARY'S MIND AHEAD OF SATURDAY'S MEETING OF FINANCE MINISTERS OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN INDUSTRIALIZED DEMOCRACIES. (10/6)

    COLUMBIA SCRUB -- THE LAUNCH OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA WAS POSTPONED FOR AT LEAST ONE WEEK ON SATURDAY. CORRESPONDENT JIM TEEPLE REPORTS THE SCRUB IS DUE TO A PROBLEM WITH A CRITICAL DEVICE WHICH CONTROLS THE RELEASE OF THE SHUTTLE'S SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS DURING ITS ASCENT. (10/7)

    US / EMPLOYMENT -- THE US UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HELD STEADY AT FIVE-POINT-SIX PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER, AS THE NUMBER OF NON-FARM PAYROLL JOBS GREW BY 121-THOUSAND LAST MONTH. CORRESPONDENT JILL GATHMANN REPORTS THE SEPTEMBER JOB FIGURES SUGGEST THE US ECONOMY IS GROWING AT A MODERATE PACE WITHOUT THE RISK OF INFLATION. (10/6)

    US / RACE RELATIONS -- WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF LEON PANETTA SAYS PRESIDENT CLINTON THROUGH HIS BUDGET PRIORITIES IS TRYING TO BRING AMERICA'S RACIAL GROUPS TOGETHER. STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS MR. PANETTA'S VIEWS COME AS DEBATE INTENSIFIES BETWEEN WHITES AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS OVER THE OUTCOME OF THE OJ SIMPSON TRIAL. (10/9)

    NUNN RETIREMENT -- ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE US SENATE, GEORGIA DEMOCRAT SAM NUNN SAYS HE WILL RETIRE WHEN HIS TERM ENDS NEXT YEAR. CORRESPONDENT JIM TEEPLE REPORTS FROM OUR SOUTHEAST NEWS BUREAU. (10/9)

    NY / ECON WRAP -- STOCK PRICES IN THE UNITED STATES WERE MIXED FRIDAY AND AN AMERICAN COMPUTER COMPANY ANNOUNCED A MAJOR RESTRUCTURING. CORRESPONDENT BRECK ARDERY REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (10/6)

    US / COMPUTERS -- THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION HAS RELAXED COLD WAR-ERA EXPORT RESTRICTIONS ON HIGH-POWERED SUPERCOMPUTERS. PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS THE MOVE WILL BENEFIT US NATIONAL SECURITY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ALLOW AMERICAN COMPANIES TO COMPETE BETTER IN WORLD MARKETS. CORRESPONDENT DEBORAH TATE REPORTS. (10/6)

    UNABOMBER -- US FEDERAL AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE HOLDING A MAN THEY FIRST BELIEVED WAS THE NOTORIOUS UNABOMBER WHOSE 16 ATTACKS HAVE KILLED THREE PEOPLE AND INJURED 23 SINCE 1978. HOWEVER, STAFFER VICTOR BEATTIE REPORTS, THE MAN, WHILE BEING HELD ON A TRAFFIC VIOLATION HAS BEEN RULED OUT AS A PRIME SUSPECT AS A NATIONWIDE MANHUNT FOR THE UNABOMBER CONTINUES. (10/18)

    US / SAUDI FOOTBALL -- THE US MEN'S SOCCER TEAM HAS PULLED OUT A 4-3 TRIUMPH OVER SAUDI ARABIA AT RFK STADIUM HERE IN WASHINGTON. SPORTS EDITOR ROY CLARK REPORTS THE US TEAM RALLIED FROM A THREE-GOAL DEFICIT. (10/8)

    VOA REPORTS IN INDIVIDUAL LANGUAGES:

    INSIDE USA:

    GLOBAL ECONOMY / TALK TO AMERICA -- MORE AND MORE, MAJOR CORPORATIONS ARE VENTURING INTO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY; BUT SUCH EXPANSION SEEMS CHALLENGING TO SMALL COMPANIES WITH LESSER RESOURCES. 'TALK TO AMERICA' GUESTS ARE ROSABETH MOSS KANTOR AND JOHN POOLE. THESE ECONOMY EXPERTS ARE HERE TO INSTRUCT LISTENERS ON HOW TO SERVE THE GLOBAL ECONOMY ON THE LOCAL LEVEL, BY PRESENTING EXAMPLES OF COUNTRIES AND CITIES THAT ARE DOING JUST THAT. (TTA 10/10)

    POPE JOHN PAUL II / BALTIMORE -- STAFFER VICTOR POTAPOV REPORTS ON THE MASS IN BALTIMORE'S CAMDEN YARDS STADIUM AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BALTIMORE DIOCESE AS THE SEAT OF THE FIRST ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE IN AMERICA. (RUSSIAN 10/8)

    POPE JOHN PAUL II / GIANTS STADIUM -- THE OPEN AIR MASS CELEBRATED BY THE POPE AT GIANTS STADIUM IN NEW JERSEY BEFORE A CROWD OF OVER 80,000 PEOPLE WHO STOOD IN THE RAIN TO HEAR HIM, IS REPORTED BY ALEC BATCHAN. IN HIS ADDRESS, THE POPE SPOKE OUT STRONGLY AGAINST LEGALIZED ABORTION. (RUSSIAN 10/6)

    POPE / AMERICA -- POPE JOHN PAUL II COMPLETED HIS FIVE-DAY VISIT TO THE US AND RETURNED TO ROME. AFTER COVERING THE PONTIFF'S MISSION IN THE US, STAFFER SAMUEL KIENDREBEOGO REPORTS ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE POPE, CATHOLICISM AND THE MAJORITY-PROTESTANT UNITED STATES. SAMUEL SPOKE WITH MARC CARON, A PRIEST IN A PORTLAND, MAINE DIOCESE, NOW STUDYING AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN WASHINGTON; AND CATHOLIC WRITER WILLIAM WARNER WHO DISCUSSED THE ISSUES THAT UNITE AND DIVIDE CATHOLICS IN THE US. (FRENCH 10/8)

    US / POPE VISITS BALTIMORE -- POPE JOHN PAUL II CELEBRATED MASS BEFORE A CROWD OF FIFTY THOUSAND AT CAMDEN YARD STADIUM. STAFFERS RUOSI WU AND LI SU REPORT ON THE POPE'S VISIT TO BALTIMORE. (MANDARIN 10/8)

    LABOR UNIONS -- STAFFERS CONSTANTINE SIMIS AND NATALIE CLARKSON TALK ABOUT A NEW GENERATION OF HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIAL WORKERS IN THE US AND THE HIGH STANDARDS OF EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEMANDED OF THEM. (RUSSIAN 10/7)

    ECONOMIC TALK -- WORLD BANK ISSUES A NEW REPORT ON THE WEALTH OF NATIONS. ECONOMIST VLADIMIR TREML OF DUKE UNIVERSITY AND NATALIE CLARKSON FOCUS ON THE ESTIMATES CONCERNING THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA. (RUSSIAN 10/8)

    NATIONAL BALLET OF CHINA VISITS US -- THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CHINA IS VISITING THE US. THE FIRST THREE PERFORMANCES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WERE WARMLY RECEIVED. THE BALLET PLANS TO PERFORM IN 34 CITIES IN THE US. STAFFER KUO-FU SHU IN LA INTERVIEWS THE BALLET'S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ZHAO RUHENG, AND WALTER MOLOCK, MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. (MANDARIN 10/6)

    LA CHINESE COMMUNITY / MAGIC JOHNSON -- CHINESE COMMUNITY LEADERS IN LA VOICED THEIR SUPPORT FOR MAGIC JOHNSON'S VISIT TO TAIWAN, URGING THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO KEEP HIM OUT. THE FORMER BASKETBALL STAR HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN BARRED FROM ENTERING TAIWAN BECAUSE OF HIS AIDS VIRUS. COMMUNITY LEADERS BELIEVE THAT BARRING HIM WOULD DAMAGE TAIWAN'S INTERNATIONAL IMAGE. STAFFER KUO-FU SHU INTERVIEWS GONG SHU-SEN, FOUNDER OF US CHINESE SPORTS ASSOCIATION, AND WANG JING-GONG, EXECUTIVE VICE PRES. OF US TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION. (MANDARIN 10/7)

    CHINESE NOVELIST WANG LAN -- STAFFER KUO-FU SHU IN LA INTERVIEWSCHINESE NOVELIST WANG LAN AND ON HIS WORKS AND THE SINO-JAPANESE WAR. KUO-FU SHU ALSO INTERVIEWSJIN YAORU, FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, HONG KONG WENHUI PAO, AND JI GANG, AUTHOR OF THE NOVEL "THE RUNNING RIVER LIAO." (MANDARIN 10/8)

    SERB CONVENTION / SAN FRANCISCO -- THE SIXTH ANNUAL SABOR (ASSEMBLY) OF THE SERBIAN UNITY OPENED IN SAN FRANCISCO (ON FRIDAY). THE SESSION STARTED WITH THE FINANCIAL REPORT FOLLOWED BY THE RON RADENKOVIC'S SPEECH ON THE RELATIONS OF THE SABOR AND THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH. STAFER BRANKO MIKASHINOVIC REPORTS FROM SAN FRANCISCO. (SERBIAN 10/7)

    CROATIAN PIANIST / CARNEGIE HALL -- STAFFER ZDENKO NOVACKI INTERVIEWS CROATIAN PIANIST ALBERTO FRKA NOW TOURING THE UNITED STATES. MR.FRKA TALKED ABOUT HIS CONCERT IN CARNEGIE HALL IN NEW YORK. (CROATIAN 10/8)

    CHINA / LUCE SCHOLARS -- THE LUCE FOUNDATION HAS SENT FOUR YOUNG AMERICAN SCHOLARS TO CHINA. THEIR TASK IS TO GAIN ON-THE-SPOT EXPERIENCE IN BOTH RESEARCH AND TEACHING JOBS. THE FOUNDATION SEEKS TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLES OF THE TWO COUNTRIES. STAFFER WANG GE INTERVIEWS LUCE SCHOLARS MICHAEL A. DAL BELLO, BEIJING UNIV., EDWARD RENWICK, CHONGQING, SICHUAN, AND AMIT SEVAK, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COLLEGE, BEIJING. (MANDARIN 10/9)

    SAUDI SOCCER TEAM / USA TOUR -- DR. SALEH BEN NASSER, VICE PRESIDENT OF SAUDI YOUTH LEAGUE WAS INTERVIEWED BY STAFFER FAIZA EL-MASRY ON THE SAUDI TEAM'S TOUR AND ITS MATCH WITH THE AMERICAN NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM. (ARABIC 10/9)

    JOURNALISM / WHITE HOUSE -- HELEN THOMAS, SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR UPI IS INTERVIEWED BY STAFFER FAIZA EL-MASRY ON HER CAREER, LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PRESS AND MRS. CLINTON. (ARABIC 10/9)

    INSIDE AFRICA:

    VORY COAST / ELECTIONS -- THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN OFFICIALLY OPENED IN IVORY COAST OVER THE PAST WEEKEND, IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF TENSION. OPPOSITION PARTIES CONTINUE TO PROTEST AN ELECTORAL CODE THAT WOULD EXCLUDE A MAJOR POTENTIAL OPPOSITION CANDIDATE AND SAY THEY WILL BOYCOTT THE OCTOBER ELECTION. REPORTER MAHAMAT ADAMOU SPOKE WITH OPPOSITION POLITICIAN LAURENT GBAGBO ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE GOVERNMENT, AND WITH MAJORITY PARTY SPOKESPERSON EWI BERNARD. (FRENCH 10/6)

    IVORY COAST / OPPOSITION -- STAFFER IDRISSA FALL INTERVIEWED BOGA DOUDOU, TREASURER OF THE IVORIAN POPULAR FRONT OPPOSITION PARTY ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF TALKS HELD OVER THE WEEKEND BETWEEN THE IVORIAN PRESIDENT AND THE LEADER OF THE POPULAR FRONT, LAURENT GBAGBO. THE OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE PROTESTING A NEW ELECTORAL CODE THAT WOULD DISQUALIFY THEIR MAIN CANDIDATE TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 22. (FRENCH 10/9)

    KENYA / MOI DAY -- IN A SPEECH TO MARK 17 YEARS OF HIS RULE, KENYA'S PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI SAID HIS RECENT REMARKS ON THE RWANDA TRIBUNAL SUMMONS DID NOT MEAN THAT HE WAS OPPOSED TO THE IDEA OF ANY SUSPECTS APPEARING BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. PRESIDENT MOI SAID HE DID NOT VIOLATE THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION. STRINGER M G JOEL REPORTS FROM NAIROBI. (SWAHILI 10/10)

    RWANDA / MOI -- CONTROVERSY CONTINUES OVER A RECENT DECLARATION BY KENYA'S PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI THAT KENYA WOULD NOT COOPERATE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL INVESTIGATING THOSE WHO MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE IN THE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA IN 1994. BURUNDI'S PRESIDENT APPEARED TO TAKE THE SAME POSITION DURING A RECENT VISIT TO KENYA. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH REPORTER FERDINAND FERELLA, PRESIDENT SYLVESTRE NTIBANTUNGANYA EXPLAINED THAT SO FAR NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN MADE AGAINST POSSIBLE GENOCIDE SUSPECTS LIVING IN BURUNDI. (FRENCH 10/6)

    RWANDA / KENYA / SANCTIONS -- STAFFER FERDINAND FERELLA INTERVIEWED RWANDA'S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER, ANASTASE GASSANA WHO CALLED ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO LEVY SANCTIONS AGAINST KENYA. KENYAN PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI DECLARED LAST WEEK HE WOULD NOT COOPERATE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL PROSECUTING THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR LAST YEAR'S GENOCIDE IN RWANDA. (FRENCH 10/9)

    MALI / PRIME MINISTER -- MALIAN PRIME MINISTER IBRAHIM KEITA MET LAST WEEK WITH VICE-PRESIDENT AL GORE AND OTHER US OFFICIALS. THE US WILL PROVIDE ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP THE RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS IN THE REBELLION-TORN NORTHERN PART OF MALI, AND THE REINSERTION OF THE TUARE COMBATANTS. STAFFER MAIMOUNA MILLS INTERVIEWED MR. KEITA. (FRENCH 10/9)

    SAHEL / DONKEYS -- STAFFER SAMUEL KIENDREBEOGO INTERVIEWED ISMAEL OUEDRAOGO, A FILM-MAKER FROM BURKINA FASO WHO IS COMPLETING, WITH A US PARTNER, A DOCUMENTARY ON THE ILL-TREATMENT SUFFERED BY ANIMALS IN THE SAHEL REGION. MR. OUEDRAOGO WOULD LIKE HIS DOCUMENTARY TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT MORE HUMANE TREATMENT FOR DONKEYS AND OTHER ANIMALS. (FRENCH 10/9)

    MULTILATERAL AID / FRANCE -- AS THE US CONGRESS IS DEBATING REDUCING ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD BANK'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, FRANCE'S ECONOMY MINISTER JEAN ARTHUIS SAYS DONOR COUNTRIES SHOULD CONTINUE TO HELP THE DEVELOPING WORLD, AND PARTICULARLY THE COUNTRIES IN THE CFA FRANC ZONE NOW THAT THEIR ECONOMIES ARE STARTING TO RECOVER FROM DEVALUATION. REPORT BY STAFFER JEAN-CLAUDE ANDRE. (FRENCH 10/9)

    AFRICA / ENVIRONMENT / METHYL BROMIDE -- A RECENT WORKSHOP IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED TO PHASE OUT THE USE OF METHYL BROMIDE IN AGRICULTURE BECAUSE OF ITS IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. MR. ARINI, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AT THE UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT REVIEWED THE DANGERS OF METHYL BROMIDE TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND OTHER PRODUCTS THAT COULD BE SAFELY SUBSTITUTED FOR IT. STAFFER ELIZABETH MONNAC INTERVIEWED LAURENCE MUSSET, CHIEF OF THE CHEMICAL PREPARATIONS AND SUBSTANCES BUREAU AT THE FRENCH ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY. (FRENCH 10/9)

    ANGOLA / UN -- UN SECRETARY GENERAL, BOUTROS BOUTROS-GHALI HAS ISSUED HIS LAST REPORT ON THE UNITED NATIONS ANGOLA VERIFICATION MISSION (UNAVEM III). MR. BOUTROS GHALI SAYS THAT DURING THE PAST TWO MONTHS, UNAVEM CONCENTRATED ON ENSURING THE DEPLOYMENT OF FORMED UN UNITS AND ON ESTABLISHING QUARTERING AREAS. STAFFER JOAO SANTA RITA REPORTS. (PORTUGUESE TO AFRICA 10/10)

    ANGOLA / POLITICS -- IN A LETTER TO US PRESIDENT, BILL CLINTON, THE LEADER OF THE PDA, (ANGOLA DEMOCRATIC PARTY) ALBERTO NETO, AND THE CANDIDATE WHO CAME IN THIRD IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN ANGOLA IN SEPTEMBER 1992, COMPLAINED THAT THERE ARE NO LEGAL CRITERIA THAT REQUIRE THE MPLA THE RULING PARTY TO NOMINATE ANOTHER DEPUTY PRESIDENT INSTEAD OF HIMSELF. HE ALSO PROPOSES URGENT AND DIRECT FINANCIAL AID TO 15 POLITICAL PARTIES, WHO PARTICIPATED THE LAST LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS IN ORDER TO FINANCE THEIR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. STAFFER OVIDIO PEQUENO INTERVIEWED ALBERTO NETO ABOUT THE CONTENTS OF THE LETTER WHICH ALSO WAS SENT TO THE PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN UNION IN BRUSSELS. (PORTUGUESE TO AFRICA 10/10)

    SAO TOME / OPPOSITION -- THE MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY IN SAO TOME, THE DEMOCRATIC CONVERGENCE PARTY, SENT A LETTER TO PRESIDENT MIGUEL TROVOADA DEMANDING THE DISMISSAL OF THE GOVERNMENT OF PRIME MINISTER, CARLOS DA GRACA. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER OVIDIO PEQUENO, THE PARTY LEADER, JOAO BONFIM, SAID THAT CONTINUOUS CORRUPTION SCANDALS AND MISMANAGEMENT SHOULD BE DEALT WITH VIGOROUSLY. STAFFER OVIDIO PEQUENO REPORTS. (PORTUGUESE TO AFRICA 10/10)

    ZANZIBAR / ELECTION -- STAFFER ABDUSHAKUR ABOUD SPOKE WITH ISMAEL JUSA THE PERSONAL SECRETARY TO THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE CUF PARTY IN ZANZIBAR. MR. JUSA SAID THE CAMPAIGN IS NOW IN FULL SWING WITH ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT UNTIL THE GENERAL ELECTIONS. (SWAHILI 10/10)

    TANZANIA / ELECTIONS -- THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE IN SEVERAL PARTS OF MAINLAND TANZANIA. THE INCIDENTS CONTINUE TO DISRUPT THE PEACE AND THE CITIZENS ARE CONCERNED. STRINGER EVERST MWITUMBA REPORTS FROM DAR ES SALAAM. (SWAHILI 10/10)

    TANZANIA / DOCTORS -- SENIOR DOCTORS IN DAR ES SALAAM ARE REFUSING TO WORK WITH NEW DOCTORS BEING EMPLOYED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THE FIRED DOCTORS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE THE TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT TO COURT IN AN EFFORT TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM. STRINGER PASCAL SHIJA REPORTS FROM DAR ES SALAAM. (SWAHILI 10/10)

    NAMIBIA / DEMONSTRATION -- POLICE IN NAMIBIA FIRED WEAPONS IN THE AIR AND USED TEAR GAS TO DISPERSE DEMONSTRATING FORMER FREEDOM FIGHTERS. THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS HAD KIDNAPPED AN ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR LANDS. STRINGER JOHN WILLIAM NYOKA REPORTS FROM NAMIBIA. (SWAHILI 10/10)

    NIGERIA / POLITICS -- STRINGER SANI ABDULLAHI REPORTS THAT LEADERS OF THE DEFUNCT NORTHERN ELEMENT PROGRESSIVE UNION AND PEOPLE'S REDEMPTION PARTY MET IN KADUNA. IN A COMMUNIQUE, THE PARTIES ACCUSED THE NIGERIAN MILITARY OF DECEPTION, GREEDINESS AND PERPETUAL DICTATORSHIP SINCE INDEPENDENCE. THEY CALLED ON THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT TO HAND OVER POWER TO A CIVILIAN ADMINISTRATION EARLIER THAN THE THREE YEARS PROMISED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THE STATEMENT SAID THAT THE MILITARY HAS HAD A HISTORY OF FAILURE IN TRANSFORMING NIGERIA TO A DEMOCRATIC STRUCTURE. THE STATEMENT ALSO SAID DETAINING MKO ABIOLA IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND HE SHOULD THEREFORE BE RELEASED UNCONDITIONALLY. (HAUSA 10/9)

    NIGER / CONSTITUTIONAL COURT -- STRINGER LAWAL BOUCAR REPORTS THAT THE COUNTRY'S PARLIAMENT OPENED A TWO MONTH SESSION FRIDAY DURING WHICH IT IS EXPECTED TO ENACT LAWS ON THE NEW CONSTITUTIONAL COURT. ANOTHER ISSUE TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDES THE 1995 BUDGET. MEANWHILE, OPPOSITION PARTIES HAVE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP DOWN BECAUSE OF ALLEGED INCOMPETENCE. (HAUSA 10/6)

    ETHIOPIA / INVESTMENT -- THE DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE ETHIOPIAN INVESTMENT OFFICE, MR. ABI WOLDE MESKEL AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE INDUSTRY IN ETHIOPIA, MR. BERHANE MEWA PARTICIPATED IN A CONFERENCE CALL-IN PANEL FROM ADDIS ABABA OVER THE PROSPECT OF INVESTMENT IN ETHIOPIA. STAFFER NEGUSSIE MENGESHA MODERATED THE PANEL. (AMHARIC 10/8)

    ETHIOPIAN ECONOMIC DELEGATION / WASHINGTON -- A HIGH-LEVEL ETHIOPIAN ECONOMIC DELEGATION LED BY THE MINISTER OF ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION, MR. GIRMA BIRU, CALLED A MEETING OF THE ETHIOPIAN COMMUNITY IN WASHINGTON DC TO EXPLAIN THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW POLICY AND THE PROSPECT OF INVESTMENT IN ETHIOPIA. THE MEETING WHICH ATTRACTED OVER 300 ETHIOPIANS FROM AROUND THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA WAS CHAIRED BY THE ETHIOPIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE US, BERHANE GEBRE KIRISTOS. THE DELEGATION WHICH INCLUDES THE ECONOMIC ADVISOR TO THE PRIME MINISTER, NEWAY GEBRE AB, IS HERE TO ATTEND THE IMF / WORLD BANK MEETING. STAFFER MIMI SEBHATU REPORTS. (AMHARIC 10/9)

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    JORDAN / ECONOMIC SUMMIT -- JORDAN'S MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT SIXTY COUNTRIES WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE ECONOMIC SUMMIT FOR THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA TO BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH IN AMMAN. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC 10/9)

    JORDAN / IRAQ / EGYPT -- STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA IN NEW YORK INTERVIEWED FOREIGN MINISTER OF JORDAN ABDEL-KARIM AL-KABARITI ABOUT RELATIONS WITH IRAQ AND EGYPT. (ARABIC 10/9)

    LEBANON / ISRAEL / PRISON -- OFFICIALS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS VISITED AL-KHIAM PRISON IN THE ISRAELI OCCUPIED STRIP IN SOUTHERN LEBANON, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC 10/9)

    ICRC / LEBANON -- A TEAM OF THE ICRC VISITED AL-KHIAM PRISON IN WHICH SOME LEBANESE NATIONALS ARE IMPRISONED BY ISRAEL. STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (ARABIC 10/9)

    SAUDI ARABIA / ECONOMY -- A SENIOR SAUDI FINANCIAL OFFICIAL SAYS ACTION TAKEN BY SAUDI ARABIA SUCCEEDED IN LOWERING THE BUDGET DEFICIT DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC 10/9)

    EMIRATES / MAID -- A RELIGIOUS COURT BEGAN CONSIDERING THE APPEAL BY A FILIPINO MAID PREVIOUSLY SENTENCED TO DIE ON CHARGES OF KILLING HER EMPLOYER. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC 10/9)

    KUWAIT / IRAQ / JORDAN -- KUWAIT'S PRIME MINISTER SAYS HIS COUNTRY WILL REMAIN AN IRAQI TARGET AS LONG AS IRAQ'S PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN IS IN POWER. HE ALSOSAID KUWAIT WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE AMMAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT. STRINGER ABDEL-HAMID DAAS REPORTS FROM KUWAIT. (ARABIC 10/9)

    ISRAEL / PLO / AGREEMENT -- A SENIOR PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL IN GAZA SAYS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LATEST ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN AGREEMENT IS NOT ENCOURAGING. CORRESPONDENT IBRAHIM ABDIN REPORTS FROM CAIRO. (ARABIC 10/9)

    BROTHERHOOD / ARRESTS -- EGYPTIAN SECURITY FORCES ARRESTED A GROUP OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS. CORRESPONDENT IBRAHIM ABDIN REPORTS FROM CAIRO. (ARABIC 10/9)

    EGYPT / PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS -- DR. FAWZIA ABDEL-SATTAR, CHAIRMAN OF THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE WAS INTERVIEWED IN CAIRO BY CORRESPONDENT IBRAHIM ABDIN. DR. ABDEL-SATTAR TALKED ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY AND THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS. (ARABIC 10/9)

    SUDAN / ARCHBISHOP -- THOUSANDS OF SOUTHERN SUDANESE LINED THE STREETS FROM THE AIRPORT TO ALL SAINTS CATHEDRAL IN JUBA TO WELCOME THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBERRY, GEORGE CAREY. STAFFER ZEINAB ABDELRAHMAN REPORTS FROM CAIRO. (ARABIC 10/9)

    MAGHREB / SUMMIT -- CABINETS OF THE MAGHREB COUNTRIES ARE DISCUSSING COOPERATION FILES IN PREPARATION FOR THE MAGHREB SUMMIT IN DECEMBER. STRINGER MOHAMED BENDEDDOUCHE REPORTS FROM RABAT. (ARABIC 10/9)

    POLISSARIO / KING HASSAN VISIT / WESTERN SAHARA -- THE POLISSARIO FRONT SAID IT OPPOSES A PLANNED VISIT BY KING HASSAN OF MOROCCO TO WESTERN SAHARA NEXT MONTH. STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (ARABIC 10/9)

    IRAQ / OIL SALES -- IRAQ DISSIPATED ALL DOUBTS ABOUT POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION WHICH ALLOWS IRAQ TO SELL LIMITED QUANTITIES OF ITS OIL. STAFFER MOHAMED ATTIA REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. (ARABIC 10/9)

    SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER / PEACE PROCESS -- STAFFER MOHAMED SETOUHI REPORTS ON SYRIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER'S NEWS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON FOCUSSING ON RELATIONS WITH LIBYA AND IRAQ. (ARABIC 10/9)

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / MIDDLE EAST -- DR. ATIF KUBURSI, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AT MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, CANADA WAS INTERVIEWED BY STAFFER MOHAMED ABDEL-KARIM ON DEVELOPMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. (ARABIC 10/9)

    BAHRAIN / OPPOSITION -- DR. MANSOUR EL-JAMRY, A BAHRAINI OPPOSITION LEADER WAS INTERVIEWED BY STAFFER MOHAMED SETOUHI ABOUT HIS VISIT TO WASHINGTON AND STANCE OF THE OPPOSITION REGARDING RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BAHRAIN. (ARABIC 10/9)KUWAIT / DEFICIT -- KUWAIT'S CENTRAL BANK SAYS CONTINUED DEFICIT IN KUWAIT'S BUDGET WILL HURT THE COUNTRY'S ECONOMY. THE BANK SUGGESTED INCREASING NON-OIL REVENUES TO OVERCOME THE FINANCIAL PROBLEM. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/8)

    SOUTH LEBANON / CLASHES -- A MEMBER OF THE SOUTH LEBANON MILITIA WAS INJURED IN SOUTHERN LEBANON AS CLASHES RENEWED BETWEEN THE MILITIA, SUPPORTED BY THE ISRAELI FORCES, AND THE LEBANESE. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/8)

    IRAQ / TURKEY / PROTEST -- BAGHDAD HAS ISSUED A PROTEST TO TURKEY TODAY OVER AN INCURSION INTO NORTHERN IRAQ BY TURKISH FORCES TO STRIKE AGAINST TURKISH KURDS. STAFFER JUMANA TAMIMI REPORTS. (ARABIC 10/8)

    YEMEN / KUWAIT -- YEMEN HAS CALLED FOR RESUMPTION OF RELATIONS WITH KUWAIT, STAFFER ZEINAB ABDELRAHMAN REPORTS FROM CAIRO. (ARABIC 10/8)

    SAUDI ECONOMY -- DUE TO LOWER OIL PRICES AND THE GULF WAR EXPANSES, SAUDI ARABIA HAS DECIDED TO TAKE SEVERE DEDUCTIONS IN EXPENDITURE AND TO INCREASE TAXES ON SOME ESSENTIAL SERVICES. STAFFER ZEINAB ABDELRAHMAN REPORTS FROM CAIRO. (ARABIC 10/8)

    AMMAN SUMMIT -- JORDANIAN SOURCES SAID TEN LEADERS, IN ADDITION TO DELEGATES REPRESENTING SIXTY-SIX COUNTRIES, WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE AMMAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT, TO BE HELD OCTOBER 29TH. STRINGER SULEIMAN KHAIRALLAH REPORTS FROM AMMAN. (ARABIC 10/7)

    IRAN / NUCLEAR -- STAFFER BEN ABBASSI TALKS WITH DR. DAVID SCHWARZBACH OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL ABOUT LAST WEEK'S LONDON SUNDAY TELEGRAPH REPORT THAT IRAN, WITH CHINA'S HELP, HAS COMPLETED A SYSTEM FOR ENRICHING URANIUM. DR. SCHWARZBACH BELIEVES THE REPORT IS GROUNDLESS, AND THAT IF THE REPORT WERE TRUE, THE US WOULD NOT BE QUIET ABOUT IT. (FARSI 10/9)

    AFGHANISTAN / UN -- UN UNDER-SECRETARY FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS, PETER HANSEN SAYS A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES HAVE PLEDGED PROVIDING MORE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO AFGHANISTAN. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH REPORTER ZEBA ZAHER, HANSEN SAID IN THE PAST THE UNITED STATES, SWEDEN, NORWAY, BRITAIN, JAPAN AND THE EUROPEAN UNION PROVIDED MOST OF THE AID. THE UN OFFICIAL BELIEVES THAT THE CONTINUING FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN IS A MAJOR OBSTACLE IN DELIVERING AND PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN AID TO AFGHANISTAN. (PASHTO, DARI 10/10)

    AFGHAN RECONSTRUCTION -- TWO MEMBERS OF THE VIRGINIA-BASED AFGHAN ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION (AEA) RECENTLY VISITED KABUL TO EXPLORE PROSPECTS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN AFGHANISTAN. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER NOUR RAHIMI, ONE OF THE ENGINEERS, MALIK MURTAZA, SAID THE COUNTRY LACKS EVEN THE MOST BASIC ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT. MR. MURTAZA SAID HIS GROUP PLANS TO FIND WAYS OF HELPING THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT IN UNDERTAKING SHORT-TERM PROJECTS TO MEET THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY. (DARI 10/10)

    UN AID / AFGHANISTAN -- A GENEVA-BASED UN SPOKESMAN SAYS CONTINUED FACTIONAL WAR IN AFGHANISTAN HAS MADE MANY INTERNATIONAL DONORS RELUCTANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE WAR-DEVASTATED COUNTRY. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER AKRAM GIZABI, ROBERT COLEVILLE ALSO SAID THAT THE WORLD BODY HAS LAUNCHED AN APPEAL FOR 124 MILLION DOLLARS IN HUMANITARIAN AID TO AFGHANISTAN FOR THE COMING YEAR. HE SAID THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR SUPPORTING A REFUGEE REPATRIATION PROGRAM, DE-MINING OPERATIONS AND CERTAIN SMALL RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE AREAS TO WHICH REFUGEES RETURN. (DARI 10/9)

    UN / AFGHAN -- THE HEAD OF THE UN PEACE MISSION TO AFGHANISTAN, MAHMOUD MESTIRI, HAS INTENSIFIED HIS EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE A TEMPORARY CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT AND RESUME NEGOTIATIONS FOR A PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER FROM PRESIDENT BURHANUDDIN RABBANI TO AN INTERIM ADMINISTRATION. STRINGER ABDUL HAI WARSHAN REPORTS THAT MR. RABBANI HAS SHOWN READINESS TO TRANSFER POWER TO WHAT HE CALLS A LEGAL AND APPROPRIATE ADMINISTRATIVE MECHANISM. SEVERAL AFGHAN FACTIONS HAVE CALLED FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL RESIGNATION OF MR. RABBANI. (DARI 10/9)

    AFGHAN FIGHTING -- THE TALEBAN MOVEMENT HAS WARNED THAT IF PRESIDENT RABBANI FAILS TO STEP DOWN, ITS FORCES WILL ATTACK KABUL. STRINGER ABDUL HAI WARSHAN REPORTS THAT THE WARNING CAME SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER THE TALEBAN EXTENDED THEIR DEADLINE FOR THE ATTACK INDEFINITELY. (DARI, PASHTO 10/7)

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    AZERBAIJAN / PAKISTAN -- THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN FARUQ AHMAD LIGHARI IS VISITING AZERBAIJAN. AZERI STRINGER RAFAEL HUSAINOV REPORTS ON PRESIDENT LIGHARI'S DISCUSSIONS WITH AZERI AUTHORITIES. (AZERI 10/10)

    US / AZERBAIJAN -- ZBIGNIEW BREZHINSKI IS IN AZERBAIJAN VISITING REFUGEE CAMPS RECEIVING HUMANITARIAN AID. STAFFER HABIB AZARSINA ATTENDED THE NEWS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY DR. BREZHINSKI ON AZERI-AMERICAN RELATIONS, AND ISSUES RELATED TO OIL PRODUCTION. (AZERI 10/10)

    US / CSCE SEMINAR / ARAL SEA -- PROFESSOR PHILIP MICKLIN FROM UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY IS THE HEAD OF THE US DELEGATION TO THE OSCE SPONSORED SEMINAR WHICH OPENED IN TASHKENT, AND ORGANJ, UZBEKISTAN AND CONTINUES THROUGH OCTOBER 14TH. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH UZBEK STAFFER ABDUL MANNAN KAISKEN, MR MICKLIN SAID WATER MANAGEMENT AND DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THE SEMINAR BUT THE ARAL SEA DISASTER WILL DEFINITELY DOMINATE THE AGENDA. HE SAID THE REAL SOLUTION TO THE ARAL SEA DISASTER IS TO WORK OUT A LONG-TERM PLAN AND EDUCATE PEOPLE HOW TO USE WATER EFFICIENTLY AND LET CONSERVED WATER POUR INTO THE ARAL SEA. (UZBEK 10/10)

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    KARACHI VIOLENCE -- STRINGER QAISER MAHMOOD REPORTS ROCKET FIRE AT THE SINDH PROVINCE'S SECRETARIAT BUILDING IN THE STRIFE TORN CITY. OFFICES OF TWO PROVINCIAL MINISTERS AND OTHER OFFICES WERE DAMAGED BUT NOBODY WAS HURT. STAFFER RAZI AHMAD RIZVI INTERVIEWED A PROMINENT PAKISTANI RELIGIOUS LEADER, DR. ISRAR AHMAD WHO SAID THAT IF IMMEDIATE REMEDIAL MEASURES ARE NOT TAKEN, THERE IS IMMINENT DANGER THAT KARACHI WILL BREAK AWAY FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. (URDU 10/5)

    PAKISTAN / DAY -- HUNDREDS OF PAKISTANIS FROM THE WASHINGTON D.C. AREA GATHERED AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT SUNDAY TO CELEBRATE PAKISTAN'S 49TH. BIRTHDAY. STAFFER AKMAL ALEEMI REPORTS. (URDU 10/9)

    WOMEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES -- PRESIDENT OF THE PAKISTAN ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS AND AGRICULTURE WOMEN, SHAMIM KAZMI IN AN INTERVIEW WITH STAFFER SAFIA KAZM SAID THAT THE REAL PROBLEMS OF WOMEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ARE THE LACK OF EDUCATION, AND HEALTH CARE AND NOT FREEDOM OF SEX AND ABORTION. (URDU 10/4)

    INDIAN / PAKISTANI LAWYERS ON SIMPSON VERDICT -- MOST OF THE URDU-SPEAKING AMERICAN LAWYERS WHO PRACTICE CRIMINAL LAW IN THE UNITED STATES SAY THAT O.J. SIMPSON MAY HAVE COMMITTED THE DOUBLE MURDER, BUT THE PROSECUTION FAILED TO PROVE IT BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. STAFFER AKMAL ALEEMI REPORTS. (URDU 10/5)

    BANGLA STRIKE ENDS -- THE 32 HOUR ANTI-GOVERNMENT STRIKE AT THE CALL OF OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES ENDED SUNDAY. STRINGER MATIUR RAHMAN CHOUDHURY REPORTS FROM BANGLADESH. (BANGLA 10/8)

    RAFSANJANI / BANGLADESH -- PRESIDENT RAFSANJANI OF IRAN WILL PAY AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO BANGLADESH STARTING TUESDAY. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST VISIT EVER BY AN IRANIAN HEAD OF STATE OR HEAD OF GOVERNMENT TO BANGLADESH. THE SHAH OF IRAN VISITED DHAKA IN 1970 WHEN THAT REGION WAS EAST PAKISTAN. STRINGER ZAHURUL ALAM REPORTS. (BANGLA 10/9)

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    CHINA / ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE -- THE INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE ENDED IN BEIJING OCTOBER 10. MANY DELEGATES HAILED IT A SUCCESS, BUT SOME COMPLAINED THAT CHINESE ORGANIZERS ERASED PARTS OF THEIR SPEECHES, ESPECIALLY PARTS REFERRING TO CHINA. A CHINESE REPRESENTATIVE EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS IMPROPER TO CRITICIZE CHINA AT AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING, AND AS ORGANIZER OF THE MEETING, CHINA HAD THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE SPEECHES. STAFFER CHOU YOUKANG IN BEIJING INTERVIEWS WANG HANBIN, VICE CHAIRMAN OF NPC, CHINA; P. TIELEMAN, POLICE INSPECTOR GENERAL, HOLLAND; ROBERT MACGREGOR, US DELEGATE; JUDGE CARLOS RODENSKI OF ARGENTINA; PROF. ZHOU BAISEN, XIAN INSTITUTE OF POLITICS AND LAW; BERTRAND SPENILLE, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, HK; CHEN JIAN, PRC SPOKESMAN. (MANDARIN 10/10)

    CHINA / ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE -- THE WORLD ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE CONTINUES IN BEIJING. THE PARTICIPANTS ARE DIVIDED OVER WHETHER THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WILL ELIMINATE CORRUPTION. STAFFER CHOU YOUKANG INTERVIEWED WU ZUGUANG, THE WELL-KNOWN PLAYWRIGHT, ZHU WEIJIU OF THE PRC, AND SHEN XUEBING, MINISTRY OF SUPERVISION, PRC. (MANDARIN 10/7)

    CHINA / ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE -- HONG KONG AND TAIWAN DELEGATES TO THE 7TH INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE IN BEIJING COMMENT ON EFFORTS TO COOPERATE TO UPROOT CORRUPTION. STAFFER DING LI IN BEIJING INTERVIEWS MAI LIE FEIFEI, HK LEGISLATOR, AND WU DONGSHENG, TAIWAN LEGISLATOR. (MANDARIN 10/9)

    CHINA / ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE / US DELEGATES -- PARTICIPANTS AT THE CONFERENCE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN THE EFFORT TO ATTACK CORRUPTION. A FEW REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE US TOLD STAFFER CHOU YOUKANG IN BEIJING THAT CHINA AND THE US CAN SHARE IN SUCH AN EFFORT. INTERVIEWS WITH K. FORD, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INVESTIGATIONS, NYC, PROF. DANIEL LAWENSTEIN, UCLA LAW SCHOOL, MICHAEL HERSHMAN, THE FAIRFAX GROUP CO., USA, AND ZHU WEI JIU, SUPERVISOR, PEOPLES PROCURATOR, PRC. (MANDARIN 10/8)

    CHINA / MILITARY SHAKE-UP -- CHINESE GENERAL FU QUANYOU REPLACED GENERAL ZHANG WANNIAN AS THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY'S NEW CHIEF OF STAFF. STAFFER WEI WEI WASHINGTON INTERVIEWED CHINA WATCHER GAO XIN IN BOSTON ON CHINA'S RECENT MILITARY RESHUFFLE. (MANDARIN 10/6)

    CHINA / MAO CULT / PAINTING -- LAST WEEKEND, AN OIL PAINTING OF MAO ZEDONG, "CHAIRMAN MAO ON HIS WAY TO ANYUAN" GOT A RECORD 6.05 YUAN AT AUCTION IN BEIJING. THE PAINTING WAS DONE DURING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION, AND LIKE MANY OTHER WORKS PRODUCED FOR PROPAGANDA AT THAT TIME, IT HAS BEEN WIDELY CONSIDERED AS HAVING LITTLE ARTISTIC MERIT. THE SURREAL CULT OF MAO HAS HELPED THE POOR-QUALITY PAINTING FETCH A PRICE OF A REAL MASTERPIECE. STAFFER QI FENG IN DC INTERVIEWS DING XUELIANG, RESEARCH FELLOW AT AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIV., WHO WARNED THAT RENEWED FASCINATION WITH MAO IS A BAD OMEN FOR CHINA'S FUTURE. (MANDARIN 10/10)

    FREEMAN / US-SINO RELATIONS -- IN A SPEECH TO THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HK, FORMER ASSISTANT DEFENSE SECRETARY FREEMAN, WHO ACTED AS PRESIDENT NIXON'S INTERPRETER ON HIS VISIT TO CHINA TWENTY YEARS AGO, CRITICIZED THE AUTHORITIES ON BOTH INDEPENDENCE AS THE MAJORITY OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE WANT

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