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MOSCOW - Employing the time-tested rule of
Mvide and conquer, Russian President Boris Yeltsin
ysterday sought to woo France to the Kremlin's side
in a dispute over NATO expansion by praising French
President Jacques Chirac's dis-
cordant positions within the it
Western alliance. ,
Yeltsin, still recovering from
quintuple heart bypass surgery imnres
and a bout of double pneumo-
hia, looked frail in the brief fast r e
footage shown on television of
his meeting with Chirac, his .-
first foreign visitor since his R
release from the hospital two
But accounts of the meeting provided by Yeltsin's
spokesperson, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, suggested that
the ailing president held up his end in what has
become a full-scale Kremlin offensive to dissuade
NATO from expanding into Eastern Europe without
deeding Russia's concerns.
"Yeltsin is extremely satisfied with the results of
the talks," Yastrzhembsky told reporters after the
Russian and French presidents discussed official
business for 75 minutes. A luncheon kept the two
leaders together for nearly two more hours.
Chirac on NATO expansion
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"Russia's and France's positions coincide on
many problems, particularly the problem of
European security," Yastrzhembsky said, quoting
ed bvy his
followed harsh warnings about
NATO expansion from
Kremlin officials taking part
in the World Economic Forum
in Davos, Switzerland, over
the weekend. Prime Minister
Viktor S. Chernomyrdin con-
ceded that Russia is powerless
to veto NATO membership for
countries that were once in
Moscow's orbit - Poland,
Hungary and the Czech
Republic are expected to be
promises that expansion to Eastern Europe will
not advance the West's nuclear arsenal to Russia's
"I have become convinced that if we try we will be
able to reach an agreement between Russia and NATO
that would help create an architecture of European
security" Chirac told reporters.
Kremlin foreign policy advisers had said earlier
they would use Chirac's meeting with Yeltsin to try "to
tease the French away from the hard-line NATO
camp" the Interfax news agency reported, quoting an
unnamed top official.
The French and U.S. governments have been spar-
ring over command of NATO's southern flank, with
the French insisting that a European take over the
headquarters post in Naples, Italy, traditionally occu-
pied by an American officer.
France also has advocated conditions for extending
alliance membership to Eastern European countries
much more to Moscow's liking than the vague and
nonbinding assurances being offered by the United
States and most other NATO allies.
Answering reporter's questions about Yeltsin's
health, Chirac said: "I am very impressed by his fast
recovery after such a difficult operation."
The Russian leader, who turned 66 on Saturday, has
spent only 11 days in the Kremlin since his re-election
to a new four-year term last July.
Clinton officials push tax relief plan
WASHINGTON - As President Clinton prepared to unveil his proposed 1998
budget, administration officials yesterday began promoting plans for a $98-billion
tax cut over five years, targeted primarily at families raising children and students
going to college.
The tax relief proposal drew measured approval from Republican congressional
leaders, who voiced hopes that Clinton's State of the Union address tomorrow and
the budget he is to deliver Thursday will promote bipartisan agreement leading
a balanced budget by the year 2002.
Promising to tell the president "it's time that we stop the little pigeon steps
around here," Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said he and House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) would invite Clinton to the Capitol this week to
"talk seriously about areas where we do have some degree of agreement." Lott
identified education and crime as issues that could produce bipartisan cooperation.
An area certain to generate debate in the coming weeks is the exact size and
shape of any tax cuts. Appearing on several talk shows, senior administration offi-
cials emphasized Sunday that they favored tax relief aimed at specific goals, while
Republicans on the shows spoke in favor of broader cuts.
Clinton's proposal includes a $1,500 credit for the first two years of college and u
to $10,000 in deductions for families paying college tuition.
invited to join later this year - but warned of "the
danger and fallacy of this step."
"We have not felt any transformation of NATO so
far as compared with the Cold War period when the
bloc was established," Chernomyrdin said, suggesting
that the alliance is still hostile toward Moscow.
"NATO has not shown any new goals, and the advance
of this structure to the Russian borders will mean
France has voiced more support than other
alliance members for the Kremlin's demand for
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hired by the University Building
Services Department. Isabelle said last
Monday that because Sanders and other
co-workers were "prepped," the environ-
ment on the new job was uncomfortable.
"I felt I had been labeled," she said.
Sanders refuted Isabelle's claim
Friday, saying no one told him anything
about Isabelle's reinstatement.
"I could only assume he was dis-
charged at some point and brought back
(to the University)," Sanders said.
Friday morning, the jury watched the
videotaped deposition of Dental School
Assistant Patient Services Dean and
clinical associate Prof. Dennis Turner.
Turner said that before the firing,
DeMarco and another supervisor spoke
with him about an insubordination inci-
dent involving the three plaintiffs fill-
ing sterilization bottles.
"Delano Isabelle became, in
(DeMarco's) words, violent and bang-
ing on the table, yelling that he did not
have to fill the sterilization bottles,"
Turner said. "They were clearly upset.
They were agitated and expressed the
agitation ... they felt they could have
In cross examination, Turner said he
had no knowledge about past incidents
or the possibility of racist conditions
during the three workers' shifts that led
to the suspension of the workers.
Washington claimed the allegations
made against his clients were biased
because DeMarco did not tell Turner
that Cardew and another employee said
they did not like the workers and "were
glad they were gone."'
The final witness was Bruce Pringle,
University director of employee rela-
tions, human resources and affirmative
action, who took the stand Friday.
World leaders meet
at bang summit
WASHINGTON - World leaders
opened a microcredit summit yesterday
with calls to support an innovation in
banking that may strike a blow against
poverty - loans to poor people to start
businesses in the United States and
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina, a co-chair, said the world has
taken too long to realize that charities
and handouts help maintain and deepen
poverty, are invented to avoid giving the
poor equal opportunities and deny them
the initiative to improve their lives.
"This summit provides the perfect
opportunity for practitioners, non-gov-
ernment organizations, savings and
credit cooperatives, foundations, edu-
cational religious institutions, govern-
ments and leaders in finance and busi-
ness to take a pivotal next step in creat-
ing a poverty free world and help
human potential bloom," she said.
Hasina was the first of 18 speakers
that included three presidents, a prime
organizations, private companies and
the World Bank.
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin
will address the meeting, attended by
more than 2,000 people from l
Third pipe bomb
found in California
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Police
evacuated a neighborhood surrounding-
the home of a federal employee who
received a pipe bomb in the mail
Saturday, the third such device found in
the San Diego area in as many days.
The bomb did not go off when t
man opened the package at 4:28 p.m
Saturday, said Sgt. Tom Keblish.
"When he opened it, he realized it was
a pipe bomb and threw it down on the
bed," he said.
The package contained two pipe
bombs, both of which were disarmed
without any injuries.
minister, Queen Sophia of Spain
representatives of international
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out of his shell and begin speaking out
with the help of a hospital program.
"(When) I look back, I wasn't speak-
ing out about ... what was bothering
me," Barnes said. "There was no one I
felt I could talk to. I felt like I was the
only one. Today, I'm doing quite well."
Barnes explained how he was the
only person of color at the support
groups he tried to attend and how for
many years he "hadn't talked at all
(about the disease)."
This lack of awareness has to be
combated by minority communities,
Anderson said positively diagnosed
people must be able to live safely with
the disease, physically and emotionally,
and people without the disease must
take the responsibility to help.
"The community has to step up,"
Without a group effort, other people
of color will "shut down," as Barnes
said he did.
Barnes expressed his belief that sup-
port and understanding within the
minority groups will prevent other peo-
ple from going through the same feel-
ings of loneliness.
Anderson said communities must
work together to defeat this disease
through a "breakdown" of barriers in
"The disease is moving faster than
the breakdown," Anderson said.
Barnes said discussions like this will
help start the breakdown Anderson
"I'm really glad to share, glad to have
the nerve to speak out about these
issues." Barnes said.
Polly Paulson, AIDS Awareness
Week coordinator, said the event's
small turnout "won't have a reflection
for the rest of the week" and attributed
the "basketball game as probably hav-
ing the biggest impact" on the low
Barnes commented that his personal
stories would hopefully help others
avoid the pitfalls he could not avoid.
Barnes was diagnosed with HIV in
"I don't understand why I'm here
today," Barnes said.
"There has to be a reason, but I'm
just grateful to be living. There is a
positive side of AIDS. It's made my
appreciation of life. ... I don't like
the cold weather, but at least I'm
around to feel it," Barnes said.
murdered in Rwanda
RUHENGERI, Rwanda - A gun-
man killed a Roman Catholic priest
who was delivering communion to
parishioners in a small settlement in
northwestern Rwanda yesterday,
church officials said.
The priest, who had worked in
Rwanda for more than 35 years, was
killed in the Kampanga settlement and
his body was brought to the bishop's
residence, said an official with the
Roman Catholic diocese in Ruhengeri.
He spoke on condition he not been
No Rwandan officials were available
to comment and details were sketchy.
The priest was identified by his
Missionaries of Africa order in Rome
as the Rev. Guy Pinard, originally from
Trois Rivieres, Quebec.
"He was distributing communion
and at that moment was shot, and died
immediately," said the Rev. Pedro Sala.
Kampanga is about 9 miles north of
Ruhengeri, which is 60 miles northwest
of the capital, Kigali.
Pope John Paul 11 first announced
the priest's death at the end of his weeko
ly appearance from his window over-
],oking St. Peter's Square.
Two weeks ago, three Spanish
workers were killed and an Americo
colleague wounded in an attack on. their
compound in Ruhengeri.
Corsica bombed by
AJACCIO, Corsica - In the largest
wave of attacks in recent years, more
than 50 bombs exploded early yest
day on this French Mediterranean
island wracked by nationalist violence
The Corsican National Liberation
Front-Historic- Branch, which seeks
greater autonomy from France, claimed
responsibility for the 56 pre-dawn
attacks in a statement sent to local
The attacks damaged banks and gov-
ernment offices but caused no injuries.
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