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The Iraqi leader, he said, "must let
the weapons inspectors back with
full and free access to all suspect
The State Department dismissed
an Iraqi proposal to open eight pres-
idential complexes for what Foreign
Minister Mohammed Saeed al-
Sahhaf said could be an inch-by-inch
"We have yet to hear about a concrete
Iraqi offer to reverse course and allow
the U.N. inspectors the access to do
their jobs," spokesperson James Rubin
said. "This latest iteration appears to
fall short again of this very simple stan-
The congressional resolution,
which seemed sure of quick passage
when Senate Majority Leader Trent
Lott (R-Miss.) first raised it two
weeks ago, now is bogged down over
concerns about precisely what kind of
airstrikes the administration is plan-
ning. Lawmakers also question
whether the strikes will succeed in
forcing Iraq to allow unfettered U.N.
inspections of its suspected chemical
and biological arms sites.
Lott said yesterday he and other law-
makers want the administration to
request congressional action. "I don't
know if we can do it in one day," he
said, but "there's no need to rush to
judgment." Asked if he was concerned
that an attack might occur while
Congress is in recess, Lott said, "I don't
think the bombs will fall until we are
back in action."
House Speaker Newt Gingrich said

Clinton signs NATO expansion proposal
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton yesterday signed and sent to the Senate doc-
uments setting out the terms for enlarging the NAT() alliance, confident that the hall-
mark foreign policy initiative of his presidency will likely win easy ratification.
Adding Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to NATO is "a major stride for-
ward for America, for the alliance and for the stability and unity of all of Europe,"
Clinton told a gathering of several hundred that included the foreign ministers of the
three candidate countries.
He added that the proposed NATO expansion will help fulfill "a big part of our
dream that we can, in the 21st Century, create for the first time in all history a
Europe that is free, at peace and undivided."
The fate of Clinton's push to extend NATO membership to the three former
Communist bloc nations initially seemed in doubt. Advocates praised it as a
step toward erasing Europe's outdated Cold War divide. But foes blasted the
initiative as unnecessary - precisely because the Cold War was over, and
argued it worked against U.S. interests, given that it had antagonized Russia.
The eventual cost of the expansion also remains a major question mark.
But a careful, constant nurturing of the Senate by the Clinton administration on the
issue, which included appointment of a special assistant to the president and the sec
retary of state who focused on it, have combined to diminish opposition.

US defense secretary William Cohen arrived yesterday on the USS George Washington in the Persian Gulf. He addressed the
crew of the ship, telling the troops they are the steel in the sword of freedom.

his fellow House Republicans "want to
know what are the plans, what are the
goals? Is the president prepared to pay
for this?" Despite what Gingrich
described as "a strong feeling about
supporting the position against Saddam
... the members have not been briefed
enough" to give their unqualified sup-
Rep. Benjamin Gilman, (R-N.Y.),

chair of the House International
Relations Committee, said the reserva-
tions in the House come down to "a
matter of commitment, a matter of cost
and a matter of ultimate effectiveness."
But if diplomatic efforts fail, he said,
"we have no alternative" but military
Congress will be in recess next week,
returning Feb. 23. No House action is

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expected this week. In the Senate, Lott
and Minority Leader Tom Daschle
hoped to bring the resolution to a vote
today, but not if they can't muster solid
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said
lawmakers "are torn between their
desire to support the president as their
commander in chief and their very seri-
ous concerns and reservations."

Reno asks to
investigate Babbitt
WASHINGTON--Attorney General
Janet Reno asked yesterday for an inde-
pendent counsel to investigate allega-
tions that Interior Secretary Bruce
Babbitt lied to Congress about whether
the White House pressured him to favor
Democratic campaign contributors in his
handling of a proposed Indian gambling
casino in Hudson, Wis.
Tribes opposed to the casino propos-
al, which was rejected by the
Department ofwtherInterior in July
1995, contributed more than $350,000
to Democrats for the 1996 campaign.
Reno said the Justice Department had
concluded that an independent counsel
was needed to determine whether
Babbitt perjured himself in his congres-
sional testimony. Reno acknowledged
that an independent counsel might have
to investigate allegations that White
House or Democratic National
Committee officials improperly influ-
enced the Interior Department decision
to block the proposed casino.

Reno's findings came in a 10-page
petition for the appointment of an inde-
pendent counsel filed yesterday after-
noon with a panel of three federal
judges. They will select the outside
counsel and have the final say on the
scope of possibly a wide-ranging investi-
gation into the casino controversy.
Hunt continues for
witness of bombing
MURPHY, N.C. - The search for a
man considered central to the investiga-
tion of a fatal bombing of an Alabama
abortion clinic intensified yesterday,
with heavily armed federal agents going
from cabin to trailer along the rugged
border of North Carolina and Georgia.0
They are hunting Eric Robert
Rudolph, a U.S. Army veteran said by
some to hold strident anti-government
views. He was seen outside the New
Woman All Women Health Care Clinic
in Birmingham hours before a bomb
went off two weeks ago, killing an off-
duty police officer and partially blinding
a clinic nurse.


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Yeltsin nets billions
in deals with Italy
ROME - The Russian president's
three-day visit to Italy was a big suc-
cess. Yeltsin flew home yesterday
with $5 billion in trade and invest-
ment contracts that promise thou-
sands of jobs for his country's ever-
struggling economy.
It was his first trip abroad since a
disastrous December, when Yeltsin
went to Sweden, made some stunning
announcements about Russian arms
reduction that had to be retracted,
returned to Moscow with a viral
infection and checked into a sanatori-
The 67-year-old Kremlin chief
was not exactly a picture of vigor in
Rome, but the deals with Italy were
welcome news for a Russia buffeted
for months by Asia's financial crisis.
They amounted to a strong vote of
confidence in the Russian economy,
which has been shrinking or stag-
nant since the collapse of Soviet

Russia's and Italy's leading energy
producers, Gazprom and Ente
Nazionale ldrocarburi, in what
Yeltsin called "a strategic alliance"
to search for oil and gas. It is worth
an estimated $2 billion in sales to
the two companies and gives the
Italian partner a reported 3 percent
stake in Gazprom.
Gang members
indicted for killing
MEXICO CITY - A federal grand
jury in California has indicted 10 alleged
San Diego street gang members o
charges of serving as paid killers aDb
traffickers for one of Mexico's most
powerful drug cartels and has implicated
most of them in the 1993 slaying of a
Roman Catholic cardinal in Mexico.
The indictments are part of a crack-
down against Hispanic gangs in aid
around San Diego that have become
cross-border arms of the Tijuana drug
cartel controlled by the Arellano Felix
family - one of Mexico's largest ahd
most violent trafficking organizations. *
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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