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British troops launch
assault on capital
FromThe AssociatedPress and ammunition to Britain, according
Helicopter-borne British marine to Reagan administration sources.
commandos and paratroopers stormed THE OBJECTIVE of the British
out of their San Carlos beachhead ground forces on East Falkland island
yesterday and began a two-pronged was believed to be the ridge of hills
assault to recapture the Falklands around Stanley so that their 105mm ar-
capital of Stanley from Argentine tillery could join in naval and aerial
troops, British reports said. bombardment of the Argentine troops
Hours after Prime Minister Margaret deployed in an arc reported stretching
Thatcher announced the drive, British from Green Patcl to Bluff Cove.
correspondents said the paratroopers The Argentine Joint Chiefs estimated
stabbed 20Omiles southeast from the San the British strength at San Carlos at
Carlos beachhead toward Darwin, 2,000, but British Defense Minister John
while the marines headed due east over Nott put the number at 5,000.
the hilly terrain toward Stanely, 50 In Washington, meanwhile, Argen-
miles away, where some 7,000 Argen- tine Foreign Minister Nicanor Costa
tine defenders were deployed in a broad Mendez asked the Organization of
arc protecting the capital. American States for assistance in
ARGENTINE military sources resisting "British aggression" and ac-
denied reports by British Broadcasting cused the United States of turning its
Corp. and the domestic news agency back on Latin America.
Press Association that a drive to retake HOURS LATER, Secretary of State
Stanley was under way. The military Alexander Haig responded with a con-
command in Buenos Aires said such an ciliatory speech emphasizing that the
offensive was improbable because the United States takes no position on the
British had taken heavy casualties at competing jurisdictional claims of
San Carlos in Argentine bombing runs Argentina and Great Britain despite its
Wednesday and early yesterday and support for the British cause.
were short of supplies. But he cautioned the OAS not to take
Thatcher told the House of Commons any action beyond giving "our
"Our forces on the ground are now unanimous collective support" to a new
moving forward from the bridgehead." UN. peace initiative now under way.
She declined to be more specific, He also took issue with Argentina's
saying. "Too much discussion about claim that the Western Hemisphere
timing and details of operations can self-defense provisions contained in the
only help the enemy." 1947 Rio Treaty are applicable to the
She also said nine more men had died South Atlantic crisis.
from Argentine air attacks and In Costa Mendez' speech, delivered
criticized nations supplying arms to with Haig seated a short distance away,
Argentina, but she said she would he described American materiel and
cooperate with new U.N. peace efforts. political support for Britain as acts of
At the same time, the United States the "utmost gravity, without precedent
began supplying Sidewinder missiles in the inter-American system."
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Moroccan jet hijacked
TUNIS, Tunisia- A mentally deranged hijacker commandeered a Moroc-
can jet upon takeoff from Athens yesterday and diverted the plane to Tunis
where he freed the 91 passengers and nine crewmembers then surrendered,
The passengers included five Americans, three of whom worked in the
U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco.
They were led to safety at the Tunis-Carthage international airfield where
the Royal Air Morrocan Boeing 727 was surrounded by airport trucks and
The jet was permitted to land in Tunis only after the pilot told authorities
the plane was running low on fuel.
Senate to OK housing subsidies
WASHINGTON- The Senate almost certainly will approve a housing-
subsidy program designed to start construction of 400,000 new homes this
year despite President Reagan's opposition, Senate Majority Leader
Howard Baker said yesterday.
"I must say the chances of keeping housing off that bill are not good,"
Baker told reporters before the Senate voted in favor of a cloture motion to
limit debate on an emergency spending bill. The housing program is at-
tached to the emergency bill.
The vote favoring cloture was 95-2. Invoking cloture means each of the 100
senators is allowed only one more hour of debate.
Sen. William Armstrong (R-Colo.) has been stalling action on the spen-
ding measure because of displeasure with the housing program, which he
and Reagan regard as a budget-busting "bailout."
In a strong show of support, the Senate voted 70-23 Thursday not to kill the
$5 billion, five-year housing stimulus provision.
Walesa moved to secret location
WARSAW, Poland- Interned Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has been
moved again to another secret location and a church official said yesterday
it was because of his stubborn refusal to side with martial law authorities.
Government press spokesman Jerzy Urban told a news conference the 38-
year-old union chief had been moved from a tightly guarded 18th century
palace outside Warsaw, but added, "We do not specify the place of his
"He has apparently not sided with the authorities after rounds of talks
with them," said one top church official. "He is no longer an element of the
game for the authorities."
"They apparently moved him so he can be detained for longer," Walesa's
wife, Danuta, told UPI by telephone. She had not heard of her husband's new
Hinckley lawyers denied use
of brain scan as evidence
WASHINGTON- After John Hinckley Jr. returned contritely to the cour-
troom yesterday, his lawyers were denied the use of sophisticated brain X-
rays they hoped would be physical evidence to support his insanity defense
for attempting to assassinate President Reagan.
Hinckley, who had refused to attend court Wednesday, told the judge he
"had a problem listening to testimony yesterday" but that he now realized
he cannot come and go from the courtroom anytime he wants.
Hinckley, whose X-rays show some enlargement of the folds of the brain,
listened calmly while four experts discussed the technique known as CAT
scans and their ability to help in diagnosis of schizophrenia.
After hearing the three psychiatrists and a radiologist, Judge Barrington
"Running consistently and generally through the testimony was the lack
of general acceptance of the CAT scan as a diagnostic instrument in connec-
tion with the disorder of schizophrenia."
Civil Rights Commission
against proposed budget cuts
WASHINGTON- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said yesterday the
Reagan administration's budget proposals could make the nation's civil
rights laws "little more than devalued pieces of paper."
But at a news conference, Clarence Pendleton, who was appointed chair-
man of the commission by President Reagan, was far milder than the
panel's 68-page report in his evaluation of the administration's performance
on civil rights.
He said the administration suffers from public "misperceptions" about its
views on laws against discrimination in voting, employment, education,
housing, health and social services, credit and other areas.
Pendleton said it would be unrealistic to expect spending on civil rights en-
forcement not to be cut along with the rest of the budget.
The report, however, said such spending represents less than 0.01 percent
of the total budget so the cuts "would do little to advance the ad-
ministration's fiscal objectives."
"To some extent ... this growing passivity is a policy preference rather
than an approach dictated by decling resources," the report said. With in-
flation taken into account, the government will have nearly 25 percent less to
spend on civil rights than it had in 1980, the report said.