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its demands as
By The Associated Press
Israel has doubled its demands, in-
sisting on the evacuation of 13,000
Palestinian guerrillas from west Beirut
and deployment of the Lebanese army
there before the arrival of an inter-
national force, sources close to the talks
A new cease-fire held, meanwhile,
and Israeli officials said they hoped the
withdrawal will begin next week.
U.S. PRESIDENTIAL envoy Philip
Habib refused to talk with reporters af-
ter resuming negotiations with
Lebanese President Elias Sarkis and
Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan, who
suspended talks Thursday to protest
Israeli air strikes that left at least 156
dead by police count.
Wazzan said Habib had gotten PLO
and Lebanese responses to Israeli
demands and that the answers would
enable him to "conclude the
negotiations and begin the implemen-
WAZZAN DID not elaborate, but
Palestine Liberation Organization
spokesman Jamil Hilal said Israel now
wants the Lebanese army to deploy in
west Beirut at the first stage of the
evacuation, rather than an advance
contingent from a proposed force of
U.S., French and Italian troops.
Israel objects to U.N. qbservers and
French troops, claiming they are anti-
Israeli and pro-PLO.
Several days ago Hilal listed 7,100
guerrillas for evacuation, but Saeb
Salam, a key intermediary between
Habib and PLO chief Yasser Arafat,
said Israel now wants 13,000 guerrillas
evacuted and has demanded their
THERE WAS no immediate com-
ment from Israel, where military sour-
ces have said up to 9,000 guerrillas and
between 3,500 and 4,000 Syrians could
be in west Beirut.
Previous estimates of guerrilla
strength in west Beirut ranged from
6,000 to 8,000, but sources close to the
PLO gave revised estimates that put
the figures at 13,000: 7,600 from PLO
factions, 4,040 from the Palestine
Liberation Army, and 1,000 foreign
volunteers. In addition there are said to
be 1,000 Syrian troops in west Beirut
along with an estimated 2,000 full-time
leftist Lebanese militiamen, and
several thousand fighters belonging to
the Shiite Modslem militia Amal and
the pro-Syrian Arab Knights militia.
The evacuation plan does not include
guerrillas elsewhere in the country.
There are several thousand PLO
fighters and 60,000 Palestinians at
refugee camps near Tripoli in northern
Lebanon for example.
OFFICIALS in Jerusalem believe
that despite recent ups andsdowns, the
US.-Isreali foreign relations are sound
and will mend after the war.
Israeli opposition leader Shimon
Peres told Amrican Jewish leaders in
New York yesterday that the recent
damage to relations "is not beyond
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Mexican government suspends
trade on foreign currency
MEXICO CITY- The government froze dollar accounts in Mexican banks
yesterday and suspended trading in foreign currency until further notice ina
move to save its dwindling dollar reserves.
The step created confusion and fear in the Mexican business community,
still reeling from the impact of an increase this month in gasoline and basic
food prices and a devaluation of the peso last week.
The surprise Treasury Department announcement late Thursday said
Mexican banks would honor dollar accounts only in terms of the nation's
Hardest hit by the measure are foreign and national businesses, as well as
private citizens who have been changing their pesos into dollars in recent
months, afraid the currency would continue losing value.
Tourists, however, will be allowed to exchange the dollars they bring in at
prevailing rates when trading resumes.
GOP fires chief fund-raiser
WASHINGTON- The chief fund-raiser who made the Republican Party
the richest political organization in history was fired yesterday, months af-
ter he described the recession as "a beneficial thing and a cleansing thing."
The abrupt dismissal of millionaire businessman Richard DeVos as GOP
finance chairman was attributed by sources to his outspoken views on the
economy and organized labor and to a tendency to "talk down" to con-
"It's simply a case where I think we could do better with somebody else,"
party chairman Richard Richards said in a telephone interview from Salt
Lake City. "A little different approach, a little different style."
Richards named California Lt. Gov. Mike Curb to replace DeVos in the
fundraising job until the next meeting of the Republican National Committee
in January 1983.
"Chairman Richards has asked for my resignation because he wanted to
put someone else in the job," DeVos said in a statement issued from his
Washington office. "Apparently, he did not like my style. That is his
House and Senate seek
agreement on budget cuts
WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators, working against a
self-imposed deadline, sought agreement yesterday on a compromise
package of budget cuts totaling $12 billion over the next three years.
The biggest issue - whether to cap annual cost of living hikes on federal
retirement pay - remained unresolved after a quarrelsome morning
Officials predicted agreement later in the day on a different element of the
bill that would cut more than $1 billion from food stamps and billions of
dollars more from dairy price supports through 1985.
House and Senate bargainers reached tentative accord on a plan creating
a system under which farmers would be paid for taking wheat, feed crop,
rice and cotton land out of production.
In addition, the tentative compromise calls for a 10-cent a bushel increase
in the federal minimum loan rate for the 1983 wheat and corn crops. The new
loan rate for wheat would be $3.65 a bushel. The corn price would be $2.65 a
GOP withdraws Tisch suit
LANSING - State GOP Chairman Mel Larsen's abandonment of
legal challenges to independent gubernatorial candidate Robert Tisch
recognizes Richard Headlee's new status as titular party boss, a
spokeswoman said yesterday.
The party announced in a press release that Larsen and Headlee, the
gubernatorial nominee, had ordered attorneys to withdraw the controversial
The decision reportedly came after Larsen met for several hours with
Headlee, who had been publicly critical of the suit during the closing days of
the primary campaign.
Larsen claimed an investigation by the GOP demonstrated Tisch suppor-
ters failed to collect enough valid signatures to qualify the Tisch Indepen-
dent Citizens party for the fall ballot. He filed suit to force the Board of State
Canvassers to investigate the charge.
Thunderstorms slam Midwest
Thunderstorms clobbered parts of the Midwest and West yesterday
swamping one suburb of Kansas City, Mo., with 15.5 inches in the 24-hour
period ending at 7 a.m.
Streams poured out of their banks in the lower Missouri Valley. Hundreds
of people were evacuated and several homes were swept from their foun-
dations in the Kansas City area where water was 8Ito 12 feet deep over some
In Nebraska, the National Weather Service predicted the worst flooding
since 1973 on the Big Nemaha River at Falls City, a town of 5,200 about 1;00
miles south of Omaha, where 7.3 inches was recorded.
Ann Arbor police decline
bargain with Texas killer
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Ann Arbor victims have been
recovered, while some of those in Texas
and other locations have yet to be
found. The only purpose for granting
Watts immunity would be to possibly
"close the file" on the Ann Arbor
Although they were not able to obtain
an official confession from Watts,
Police Chief William Corbett said Watts
"may have made that confession to his
CORBETT SAID earlier this week
that Watts has been a suspect in the
local killings since 1980, when he was
arrested on a misdemeanor charge and
interrogated about the slayings. Ann
Arbor Police alerted Houston
authorities when they learned Watts
was moving from Michigan to Texas in
The investigation into the 1986 deaths
of Ann Arbor resident Shirley Small
andUniversity students Rebecca Greer
Huff and Glenda Richmond will con-
tinue, Delhey said, and Watts is "the
prime suspect," Delhey said.
"The similarity between the
homicides occuring in and around the
city of Houston and in the city of Ann
Arbor is remarkable," he added.
I sHoustngp-a Galveston warhou e
worker, Howard Mosley, 25, sentenced
to life in prison for slashing a woman,
took a lie detector test to bolster his
claim of innocence after Watts con-
fessed to the crime this week.
"THE RESULTS of the polygraph
were inconclusive," Galveston Police
Chief Paul Hulsey said. But he added:
"All the results are not in yet. The
district attorney will be reviewing that
and he'll be covering all the evidence on
both Watts and Mosley, I'm sure."
Houston officials continued the
gruesome task of questioning Watts
about a string of murders of women
resulting from what a psychiatric
report said was a psychotic belief that
all women are evil.
"We honestly don't know when the
tale will end," said Houston Assistant
District Attorney Jack Frels.
Wayne County, Michigan Assistant
District Attorney John McCloskey said
his office was willing to grant immunity
in a Halloween, 1979 stabbing in Grosse
Pointe Farms, but officials in
Kalamazoo and Weller County, Texas,
as well as Ann Arbor, said they would
not accept Watts' offer of information.
Daily staff writer George Adams
filed a report for this story.