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AROUND THE NATION
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Cinton set a mid-October goal for con-
cuding a West Bank accord yesterday
based on a report from Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat that
tliy had basically resolved how much
land Israel will yield.
"Netanyahu said he and Arafat had
achieved a breakthrough on a long-elu-
si e deal over West Bank territory.
Clinton said after the three leaders met
at the White House, "I believe that we
all agreed that we have made progress
on the path to peace."
The president described "a signifi-
cant narrowing of the gaps between the
two parties across a wide range of
The new timetable calls for
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
ani U.S. mediator Dennis Ross to go
the region for further talks with the
two leaders next week and for
Netanyahu and Arafat to return to the
White House for a meeting with
Clipton in mid-October.
"This process needs to be speeded
up," Albright said after the three-
way, 90-minute meeting the Oval
Office. Netanyahu then returned for
a separate meeting with Clinton, and
Dr. Ellen Zimmermann
Asst Professor of
Gastroenterology, U of M
for an informal discussion
of topics including:
First meeting will be:
Tuesday, Sept. 29
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
3402 Mason Hall
Central Campus U of M
Monthly meetings planned
Arafat was due to see the president
Albright steered clear of any
claims of breakthroughs, telling
reporters, "We are very close on a
number of subjects," acknowledging
that an accord on how much land
Israel was willing to relinquish was
But a senior U.S. official later told
The Associated Press, "Everybody
thinks we broke the back" of that
issue and now can focus on other mat-
The official, who spoke on condition
of anonymity, said the Mideast leaders
had committed themselves to go on
from there to negotiations on a final set-
Netanyahu, at a news conference
before he flew home for the Jewish
holy day of Yom Kippur, said, "What
we have achieved is to set up a
timetable, a path to completion of
He added, "We hope we will com-
plete it by meeting in mid-October in
Arafat, meanwhile, flew back to New
York, where he asked world leaders at
the U.N. General Assembly to support
Palestinian statehood next May, saying
this was the will of the Palestinian peo-
"I would like to call upon all of
you ... to stand by our people,"
Arafat said. The Oslo peace accords
will expire on May 4, "and our peo-
ple demand of us to shoulder our
responsibilities as they await the
establishment of their independent
The biggest hurdle, according to
Israeli and American diplomats, cen-
ters on Israeli demands that the
Palestinian Authority dismantle ter-
rorist cells on the West Bank and in
Gaza, confiscate weapons and stop
freeing apprehended suspects. Also,
Netanyahu demands the Palestine
Liberation Organization nullify
numerous anti-Israel references in its
Considering that no accord
emerged from the White House meet-
ing, Albright was peppered with
questions at a news conference why
Clinton had staged the three-way
"Only the president of the United
States could give it this sense of
urgency," Albright said.
Besides, she said Netanyahu and
Arafat had been in New York to
attend the special session of the U.N.
General Assembly and "it really was
a good use of time" to have them
come down to Washington to see the
Unlike her predecessors over the last
quarter-century, Albright has not
engaged in shuttle diplomacy to try to
prod Arabs and Israel to reach agree-
ments. And she said yesterday that was
not her plan now.
Netanyahu, earlier, said on NBC's
"Today" program, "I think we're get-
ting close to finalizing an agree-
Over the weekend, he and several
Israeli diplomats said there was a
basic understanding that Israel woul4
withdraw from an additional 13 per-
cent of the West Bank, with 3 percent
turned into an undeveloped nature
preserve under Israel's security con-
In earlier accords, Israel pledged to
yield 27 percent and has also surren-
dered all of Gaza to the Palestinian
Clinton cautioned that some obsta-
"There is still a substantial amount of
work to be done until a comprehensive
agreement can be reached," he said.
Interest rates may fall after Fed meeting
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers are expected to cut interest
rates for the first time in nearly three years today, acting on Chair Alan Greenspan's
alarm about a deteriorating world economy.
The question, private economists said yesterday, is how much success any cut
would have in containing a financial crisis that so far has proven unstoppable and
now threatens more countries, including Brazil.
"A Fed rate cut will help under gird a deteriorating global economic situ-
ation. But it isn't a magic bullet," said Sung Won Sohn, chief economist at
Norwest Corp. in Minneapolis.
Emphasizing the urgency, international authorities were busy working
behind the scenes on a rescue package for Brazil.
The largest economy in South America is being hit by the same panicked
rush to the exits by foreign investors that has already flattened many Asian
countries and Russia.
Officials in Washington said discussions were centering on emergency
loans of around S30 billion assembled by the International Monetary Fund
with contributions from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development
Bank and individual countries, including the United States.
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a sopping rain and huge storm surge that would put the entire
city under water - there was a collective sigh of relief.
Instead of hitting the Big Easy head on, Georges struck at
Ocean Springs, Miss., between Biloxi and Pascagoula, deal-
ing New Orleans rain and wind but no catastrophe..
"We, by taking the brunt at Ocean Springs, saved the city
of New Orleans," said Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice. "It was
spared from the misery that would have occurred."
Two storm-related deaths were reported. A man died yes-
tert'ay in a New Orleans fire started by candles being used for
light after the hurricane knocked out electricity. An 86-year-
old woman died while she and 250 other nursing home resi-
dents waited for beds in a Baton Rouge shelter.
Earlier, in its odyssey across the Caribbean, Georges killed
more than 300 people.
"We got off pretty lucky," said Derek Pociask, who was
walking his dogs through a burst of rain on St. Charles
Avenue in New Orleans. "It'd be nice to have electricity,
but I'm glad this has turned out to be just a bad rain-
More than 678,000 customers were without power across
the Gulf Coast. As the storm moved in, more than 1.5 million
people had been told to evacuate along the coast, and hotel
rooms were hard to find as far away as Memphis, Tenn., and
"Everybody's been sleeping or everybody's been watching
the rain," said Becky Chamberlain at a Gulfport shelter.
"Mostly everybody has been waiting for this to go away and
wondering when it's going to be through"
Nearly 14,700 people in Mississippi alone were staying in
shelters, though their safety was not assured: The roof was
ripped off a gymnasium at Mississippi Gulf Coast
Community College in Gautier, forcing the evacuation of 404
residents. Ninety others at Trent Lott Middle School in
Pascagoula stayed put after the roof was damaged, apparent-
Board faults feds for
secrecy about JFK
WASHINGTON -The government
for decades "needlessly and wasteful-
ly" withheld millions of records about
the assassination of President Kennedy,
causing Americans to mistrust their
government, a federal review panel
The Assassination Records Review
Board closes shop this week after gath-
ering and releasing a mountain of detail
- tantalizing and mundane - about
the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of
Kennedy in Dallas.
The documents it has collected over
the past four years include new infor-
mation about events in Dallas, the
alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald,
the presidential autopsy, photographs
and reactions of government agencies
to the assassination. It provides new
fodder to be debated by historians and
conspiracy theorists alike.
"The review board's experience
leaves little doubt that the federal gov-
ernment needlessly and wastefully
classified and then withheld from pub-
lic access countless important records
that did not require such treatment," the
board said in a 208-page report being
Such secrecy "led the American
public to believe that the government*
had something to hide," the report said.
Impotence drug put
in new form
WASHINGTON - Researchers are
turning anti-impotence pills and injected
medicines into rub-on creams and gels
-- part of a broader effort to make many
drugs safer and easier to use by literally
dissolving them through the skin.
Early testing shows the impotence
cream Topiglan is a leading candidate
in this effort to give patients targeted
relief for many ailments, with fewer
"It's a no-brainer," said Dr. Irwin
Goldstein of Boston University, a urclo-
gist leading studies of the impotence
cream who expects many of today's m&d-
icines eventually to be applied to the skin.
ly by a tornado.
In New Orleans,
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family back home in Boca Raton
"I was paying attention," Juran
said. "But when they put Broward
and Dade County on warning, I
knew there was no real danger,"
since his family lives north of the
When the storm threatened
Florida, areas from Deerfield Beach
south to Key West were put under a
As the storm moved over the Gulf of
Mexico, Georges took aim at the
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
Rackham student Pamela
Bennett, originally from Baton
Rouge, La., is accustomed to deal-
ing with storms like Georges.
"Hurricane season comes every
year," Bennett said. Not every storm
10,000 spent the night in the Superdome.
requires close watching, she said, but
"every now and then you have to stop
and pay attention to these atypical
Bennett said her family in
Louisiana prepared for the storm by
purchasing supplies, but "it is hit-
ting closer to New Orleans," where
more than'one million people were
evacuated from low-lying areas.
Rackham student Amy Lawson is
also keeping a close eye on
Georges. Her family was one of
those who had to evacuate New
My family "went about four hours
north, so they're fine," Lawson said.
New Orleans is a "dangerous place"
to be during a hurricane since much of
the city is below sea-level and is prone
to flooding, she said.
"The storm was projected to hit
New Orleans," said Lawson, but the
eye of the storm struck Mississippi
AROUND THE WORLD
Special olice to be
pulled from Kosovo
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -Hoping
to avert a NATO attack, the Serbian
premier on yesterday promised to with-
draw special police units from Kosovo,
declaring that separatists in the
province had been defeated.
Premier Mirko Marjanovic, however,
said the Serb crackdown would resume
if the separatists stage new attacks. And
Vice Premier Vojislav Seselj said if
NATO carries out threatened strikes,
Serbia would take hostage pro-Western
Serbs who work for independent
media, peace and rights groups.
NATO has recently stepped up plans
for airstrikes against Serb forces after
repeated warnings that it would attack
unless violence ends in the restive
The Kosovo Liberation Army, which
is fighting for Kosovo's independence,
issued a statement pledging to continue
what it called "the holy war" against
Serbia and demanding NATO action.
Hundreds of people have been killed
and about 275,000 have fled their
homes since February, when Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic's forces
began cracking down on ethnic
Albanians in Kosovo.
Kosovo is part of Serbia, the domi-@
nant republic in Yugoslavia. Most of
Kosovo's ethnic Albanians - who
make up 90 percent of the 2 million
inhabitants - favor independence.
Iranians angered by
TEHRAN, Iran - Four days after Ian
promised Britain that it would not carryW
out a death edict against writer Salman
Rushdie, conservatives inside the country
lashed out at the deal, insisting yesterday
that the author of "The Satanic Verses"
must still die for blasphemy.
Several senior clerics and newspapers
took up the issue, saying that the gov-
ernment clear up ambiguities around the
accord and hinting that no government
can turn its back on a religious duty laid
down by the Islamic Republic's founder,
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. 0
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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