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deals setback to
from AP and UPI
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -
Trans-Atlantic air travel returned to
near normal yesterday and striking
U.S. air traffic controllers suffered
another setback when foreign con-
troller unions postponed a decision on
imposing sanctions against American
Leaders of international air traffic
controllers asked their members to
cancel all actions in support of striking
U.S. controllers, with the implied con-
dition that President Reagan move to
resolve the dispute within nine days.
THE EXECUTIVE board of the In-
ternational Federation of Air Traffic
Controllers Associations called on its
member groups to drop their protests
as a goodwill gesture.
The board sent Reagan a telegram
urging him to negotiate with the U.S.
union, and scheduled an Aug. 22
meeting of the 61 national associations
to consider further action of the U.S.
strike has not been setled.
Traffic between the United States and
Europe through the pivotal control
point at Gander, Newfoundland, picked
up to near-normal volume after
Canadian controllers ended a two-day
boycott that affected some 100,000
withdrew their threat of a similar
boycott next week on flights along the
southern trans-Atlantic route.
"The system is working absolutely
normally today, both domestically and
across the North Atlantic," said
Federal Aviation Administration
spokesman Dennis Feldman. '
Transportation Secretary Drew
Lewis said domestic traffic ran 80 per-
cent of normal Wednesday.
A U.S. GOVERNMENT spokesman
said Reagan, who refused to negotiate
after the controllers walked out last
week and ordered all the strikers fired,
has not changed his mind.
The President of the international
body, Canadian controller Harry Hen-
schler, told reporters the board hoped
"to bring about a peaceful settlement."
He did not rule out a call for strikes,
boycotts or other disruptions by over-
seas controllers at the Aug. 22 meeting.
Americans strongly favor President
Reagan's handling of the air traffic
controllers strike, according to the
latest Associated Press-NBC News poll.
The poll, a scientifically selected
random sampling of 1,601 adults con-
tacted by telephone Monday and
Tuesday, said 64 percent approved the
way Reagan is handling the 11-day-old
strike, while 27 percent disapproved
and 9 percent were not sure.
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Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Iran gets new hard-line gov't.
BEIRUT, Lebanon- Iran got a hard-line new government yesterday, 459
more foes of the regime were arrested, and several Iranian army officers
reportedly hijacked a plane and flew to Oman in search of political asylum.
Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar named his 22-man Cabinet
before Parliament, the official Pars news agency said. He then asked for a
vote of confidence that he was certain to get.
The hard-line outlook of the new administration heralds no letup in the
nationwide crackdown on secular opposition, observers of Iranian affairs
said. They noted that Interior Minister Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi
Kani, who superintended the crackdown under Rajai, retained his post in the
Pars said most of the regime's foes seized in the latest roundup belonged to
the Mujahedeen Khalq, the leftist guerrilla group whose leader, Massoud
Rajavi, fled to France with Bani-Sadr in an Iranian military plane July 29.
Soviet emigrants return home
without son granted asylum
MOSCOW- Emigrants Michael and Anna Polovchak returned home from
the United States yesterday, accusing the Americans of "poisoning with
narcotics" their 13-year-old son kept behind on a court order.
The boy, Walter, is seeking permanent asylum in the United States. The
Polovchaks emigrated from the Ukraine to Chicago in Januray, 1980, but
decided after six months they did not like the U.S. and wished to go home.
Walter, however, ran off with his sister Natalie to stay in an apartment his
uncle had rented for the two. He was granted asylum over the protests of the
Soviet Embassy in Washington after a Cook County juvenile judge placed
him in state custody.
Natalie, 18, is legally considered an adult, and also remained in the United
Abscam defendants sentenced
NEW YORK- Three former congressmen and two other Abscam defen-
dants were sentenced yesterday to prison terms ranging from three to six
years and fines of up to $40,000 for bribery and conspiracy uncovered in the
FBI's probe of political corruption.
A fourth former congressman, Frank Thompson Jr. (D-N.J.), who has a
heart condition, was given the maximum 15-year sentence on his bribery
conviction, a technicality to enable the judge to order a medical study to
determine if prison would endanger his life.
The defendants-former Reps. Michael Myers (D-Pa.), John Murphy (D-
N.Y.), Raymond Lederer (D-Pa.), Thompson, and Philadelphia Councilman
Louis Johanson-sat stoically as the sentences were announced.
Angelo Errichetti, a New Jersey state senator and former mayor of Cam-
den, N.J., drew the stiffest sentence, a six-year term for his bribery convic-
tion and an overall $40,000 fine. Errichetti, a middleman involved in several
Abscam cases, also was sentenced to concurrent five-year terms for con-
spiracy and interstate travel in the aid of racketeering.
Nixon bribed Fitzgerald to
avoid trial, aide charges
WASHINGTON- Former President Richard Nixon has paid $144,000 to
Pentagon whistleblower Ernest Fitzgerald to avoid trial of a $3.5 million
damage suit, a former White House national security aide charged yester-
The allegation was made ina legal brief filed before the Supreme Court by
lawyers for the aide, Morton Halperin, who is suing Nixon for authorizing
illegal wiretaps on the Halperin family's home telephone.
The brief said Nison "has already paid Fitzgerald $144,000" and has
agreed to pay another $34,000 if the Supreme Court does not dismiss Fit-
zgerald's suit but instead says it must go to trial.
Under the agreement, the brief said, Fitzgerald would take the extra
money and drop the suit if the Supreme Court rules against Nixon.
Eight Michigan men
arraigned on drug charges
GRAND RAPIDS- Eight men were arraigned in federal court yesterday
on drug charges stemming from last month's massive arrest by the Drug
Enforcement Agency and Muskegon county law enforcement officials.
The men are accused of participating in a drug-smuggling ring that
brought 3/ tons of marijuana to Michigan from Colombia from 1977 to 1979.
The men were identified through their connections with earlier drug cases
and were charged with little-known laws enacted to limit drug trafficking.
One of the defendants was a teacher and assistant football coach at
Dowagiac High School at the time of his arrest and another was a former
Paw Paw High School biology teacher.