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news briefs
By The Associated Press


NORTH VIETNAM yesterday backed away from nego-
iations over prisoners of war and, in effect, rejected a U.S.
proposal that prisoners from both sides be interned in a neutral
Sweden had indicated it would accept the prisoners, and the
ea of such an arrangement was endorsed Monday by President
The North Vietnamese delegation to the Paris peace talks had
aintained that the release of prisoners can be dealt with only after
e United States has set a deadline for withdrawal of its troops
om South Vietnam.
SECRETARY OF STATE William Rogers arrived in Egypt
yesterday to begin a crucial round of talks aimed at achiev-
ing peace in the Middle East.
Rogers arrived in Cairo following visits to Jordan and Saudi
abia. After two days of meetings with Egyptian leaders, he will
y to Israel for the second and final key visit in his week-long
ideast peace mission.
DR. CARL McINTIRE, organizer of a U.S. March for Victory
in Washington D.C. next Saturday, estimated yesterday that
thousands will turn-out for the rally.
The fundamentalist radio preacher told a news conference
was only a coincidence that the rally comes on thte heels of the
nti-war demonstrations.
"We are going to straighten things out and clean up the city,"
cIntire said. "We'll expose current cowardice, then honor past
alor and finally launch a program for future heroism."
THE CUSTOMS BUREAU said yesterday it seized five tons
of marijuana off the coast of California Monday night - the
largest seizure in the history of the bureau.
The bureau took the marijuana from two yachts and a bus-
ype camper. Eight persons were arrested in the raid.
A WEST POINT CADET won honorable mention in an
essay contest yesterday for an entry urging immediate steps
toward complete world disarmament and prompt seating of the
People's Republic of China in the United Nations.
Phillip Lindner, a second-year man at the U.S. Military Acad-
my, entered the contest sponsored by the United Nations Association
f New York City.
THE U.S. DOLLAR took a pounding in European foreign
exchanges yesterday as speculators furiously sold dollars on the
expectation that the German mark would be revalued upward.
In three frantic hours the West Germany Central Bank was
forced to buy $1.2 billion to keep the exchange rate of U.S. money
from collapsing.
Financial sources said its was one of the biggest waves of
oport buying ever seen on any foreign exchange market.

A SOUTH VIETNAMESE trooper rests on the barrel of a 105mm
howitzer, while a buddy takes a nap on the artillery piece at Fire-
base 6 in South Vietnam.
U.S. offers S. Viets
plans to halt drug flow

hit routes
near Laos
SAIGON (M - U.S. B-52
bombers struck yesterday at
North Vietnamese infiltra-
tion routes that straddle the
Laos border in the northern
region of South Vietnam.
Three waves of heavy bombers
pounded jungle trails and sup-
ply points in the northwest cor-
ner of South Vietnamr. Other
flights of B-52s dumped ex-
plosives across t h e border in
Laos on the Ho Chi Minh trail.
The bombing campaign is
aimed at disrupting possible at-
tempts by the North Vietnamese
to hurry supplies down the Ho
Chi Minh trail and into South
Vietnam and Cambodia before
the monsoon rains reach full
As the B52s struck, only min-
or battle action was reported
over most of South Vietnam.
Communist-led troops mount-
ed a few small rocket and mor-
tar attacks against U.S. a n d
South Vietnamese military po-
sitions. Three of the shellings
struck in the northern part of
the country. One h i t in the
market place of a town 25 miles
north of Saigon.
The shelling wounded six
Vietnamese civilians and t w o
militiamen, Saigon headquar-
ters said. Although small, the
attack was one of a series re-
cently at localities near Saigon,
apparently an effort by the en-
emy to show he could strike
close to the capital.
The most ground fighting re-
ported by South Korean forces,
who comprise the second largest
foreign contingent on the al-
lied side after the Americans.

SAIGON (P) - U.S. officials
have given President Nguyen
Van Thieu a list of suggested ac-
tions to curb the growing traffic
in heroin and other drugs in
South Vietnam, informed sources
said yesterday.
The sources reported Thieu re-
quested the list after top U.S.
leaders here appealed to him for
government help in dealing with
the problem among American
servicemen. Drug addiction use
among U.S. soldiers is viewed by
many American officials as a
crisis of "epidemic proportions"
that is worsening weekly.
The sources, while not spelling

out the suggested government ac-
tions in detail, said they were
concerned primarily with reduc-
ing the flow of heroin and other
narcotics into South Vietnam
from neighboring countries.
"Basically it involves the dis-
tribution of the stuff, including a
tightening of customs and other
checks," one source said In ad-
dition to increasing surveillance
at airports and shipping ports,
efforts toward stricter enforce-
ment of South Vietnam's laws
against possession, distribution
and use of dangerous drugs were
understood to have been recom-

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