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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Would-be peacemakers
from around the world pressed Iraq yesterday to end a
standoff over weapons inspections with diplomacy
before Washington does it with air strikes. Word
emerged of possible progress, including an Iraqi offer
Russia insisted there were signs of optimism, but
President Boris Yeltsin, using language reminiscent of
the Cold War, said a U.S. attack could lead to "world
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, meeting with an
envoy from France, said he was striving for "a bal-
anced political solution," the official Iraqi News
Iraq has refused to allow U.N. inspectors into
Saddam's palaces and other key sites, calling it a mat-
ter of national sovereignty.
CNN reported the Iraqis were offering to open
some - but not all - of the suspected weapons sites
Since March 1996, inspectors have visited 63
sites where they believed the Iraqis were hiding
contraband, Charles Duelfer, the deputy chief
weapons inspector, said recently. Inspectors were
delayed from entering 38 of the sites and flatly
denied access to 14 others in the name of nation-
The United States increasingly is threatening to
resort to military force to end the Iraqi defiance.
Congress worked yesterday on a resolution authoriz-
ing President Clinton to launch air attacks, and U.N.
Ambassador Bill Richardson traveled the world seek-
ing support from fellow U.N. Security Council mem-
Defense Secretary William Cohen is to meet with
his counterparts in Russia and the Gulf region next
week. Stops are to include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia,
Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.
He also will meet U.S. forces based in the Gulf, offi-
Hoping to avert attack, the Arab League's sec-
retary-general and Turkey's foreign minister
arrived in Baghdad, joining envoys from Russia
and France in pressing Iraqi leaders for a peaceful
Quoting unidentified sources, CNN said that Iraq
was offering to allow U.N. inspectors access to eight
disputed sites for about a month.
CNN said the Iraqi proposal called for each of
the 15 members of the Security Council to
appoint five inspectors. The 21 countries repre-
sented on the U.N. Special Commission, which
oversees inspections, would then each appoint
It said that these experts would make "visits" to the
palaces and would report their findings directly to the
AROUND THE NATION
Search for AIDS treatments intensifies
CHICAGO - The AIDS cocktail is being shaken and stirred. More than 200
reports at an AIDS conference this week describe new combinations of AIDS
drugs, all intended to improve on the spectacular success of the three-drug mixes
credited with the steep drop in AIDS deaths in the past two years.
The goal is to concoct new formulations that are more powerful, less toxic and
easier to take.
Ideally, these new mixes will offer a second chance to those who failed to do
well on the original combos. And they will require fewer pills, taken on less rigor-
ous timetables and have fewer side effects.
At the Fifth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, a meet-
ing this week of the world's top AIDS investigators, U.S. officials announced that
AIDS deaths dropped by nearly half during the first six months of 1997. They said
the reason was largely the use of the so-called AIDS cocktail, which is actually a
combination of pills consisting of a newer medicine called a protease inhibitor and
two older ones called nucleoside analogues.
Despite this surprising turnaround in the war on AIDS, there is no suggestion the
virus is licked.
Some people with AIDS cannot take the drugs or don't respond. In others, t
virus grows impervious to the medicines after first seeming to succumb.
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Trie surrenders to
U.S. forces in Asia
WASHINGTON - After more than
a year traveling through Asia avoiding
questions about the American cam-
paign finance scandal, Yah Lin
"Charlie" Trie's world was shrinking.
He found himself in tiny Macao, the
gambling and tourist mecca across the
mouth of Pearl River from Hong Kong.
Last summer he had bragged to
NBC News that he could continue to
hide in Asia for the next 10 years.
"They'll never find me," he said in
But Trie's indictment last week
abruptly changed things. Accused of
1 5 counts of conspiracy, fraud,
obstruction of justice and election-
law violations, Trie no longer hov-
ered in self-imposed exile. His sta-
tus was transformed to international
U.S. officials put out word to Asian
authorities that they wanted Trie
detained. The former Little Rock
restaurateur who once had easy access
to the White House could no longer
travel to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China
without risking arrest.
That's when negotiations between
federal prosecutors and Trie's attorney
produced a hasty plan for his voluntary
surrender, according to sources fani
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British want Winnie
the Pooh toys back
NEW YORK - Oh brother. The
British want Winnie the Pooh and his
four friends to come home.
A member of Parliament says the
original stuffed animals on which A.
Milne's beloved stories are bas
should be taken from a display case at
the New York Public Library and
returned to England.
"I saw them recently and they
look very unhappy indeed," said
Labor Minister Gwyneth
Dunwoody. "I am not surprised,
considering they have been incar-
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country for all these years."
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Spoiled alcohol kills who they believe to have made and
sold the liquor, but Xinhua did not
19 people in Chulaprovide further details on the
l i. arrests.
BEIJING (AP) - Liquor spiked Veltsinwarns U.S.
with industrial alcohol killed 19
people and sickened 142 others not to bomb Iraq
around the Lunar New Year holiday
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in central China, the official
Xinhua News Agency reported yes-
Investigators have traced the bad
brew to "illegal elements" in Wenshui
county, Shanxi province.
To every quart of the clear fiery
spirits that Chinese prefer, they
added just under 13 ounces of
cheaper methyl alcohol - 902
times more than national standards
allow, Xinhua said.
The brewers then sold the tainted
liquor to a privately run shop in
Shuozhou city, 180 miles west of
Beijing, the news agency said.
People first began falling sick on
Jan. 26, two days before the start of the
Year of the Tiger, and Xinhua said 142
people are still being treated in hospi-
Yeltsin warned President Clinton
yesterday that bombing Iraq could
mean "world war," and he chided
the American leader for performing
"too loudly" in the latest Middle
Yeltsin's statement was an alar
ing version of a message delivered
repeatedly by his foreign policy
advisers: Russia steadfastly opposes
the use of force in Iraq. The
reproach directed at Clinton was a
Speaking at a meeting with First
Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly
Chubais, Yeltsin said that he was trying
"to somehow make Clinton understand
that he might run into a world war
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