News from around the world
News from around the world
U.N. officials, angered by disruptions of their relief efforts, said
Monday they will send armored vehicles to escort food convoys to two
of the most food-starved cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fighting at
Sarajevo's airport forced U.N. officials to suspend operations Monday
afternoon and cancel the day's last two relief flights.
Farmers burned hay and gave away white wine Monday to underline their
demand that France scuttle the U.S.-European Community accord that
cuts exports of subsidized European crops. Huge nationwide
demonstrations were planned for Wednesday, when the National Assembly
debates last week's accord, designed to avert a trans-Atlantic trade
war. About 300 farmers surrounded a Coca-Cola plant in Grigny, south
of Paris, in a symbolic protest against the United States. In Paris,
vandals covered with graffiti the home of former Agriculture Minister
In Orleans, south of Paris, farmers burned tires in front of a
McDonald's restaurant and passed out free white wine to mock the U.S.
threat to impose $300 million in penalty duties on European products,
mostly white wine. The penalties, which would start next month, would
hurt France more than other nations involved in the accord. The
U.S.-EC agreement would resolve the final disputes between Washington
and the 12-nation European Community and pave the way for a
long-delayed global trade agreement under the General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade, or GATT. EC foreign ministers must approve the
Two senior American senators said Monday they received new assurances
that Ukraine would surrender its nuclear arms, both to improve its
own security and to attract Western aid and investment. Sens. Sam
Nunn (D-Ga.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) also said they urged
President Bush and President-elect Clinton to cooperate on arms and
economic issues involving Russia and former Soviet republics.
A report from the United Nations obtained Monday said Iran makes
excessive use of the death penalty and said nearly a third of those
executed earlier this year were convicted of political crimes.
Baha'is have particularly been targeted for persecution in Muslim
Iran, said a report by a U.N. human rights investigator. He found
that torture is often used illegally to force false confessions from
the accused and that legal procedures may be unfair and summary.
Iraqi officials insisted Monday that Iraq had complied with the terms
of the Persian Gulf War cease-fire and asked that painful economic
sanctions be lifted, but the Security Council rebuffed the appeal.
Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz also accused the Security Council of
genocide against the Iraqi people. But council members, even before
Aziz's appeal, agreed that Iraq has not complied with the terms of
the cease-fire that ended the Persian Gulf War.
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