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Castro: Cuba could learn from U.S.

From Daily Wire Services
leader Fidel Castro moved about the
power centers of New York yesterday,
he played down his treatment as pariah
and noted that his country could learn a
few things about business from the
United States.
Smiling broadly within his phalanx
of U.S. Secret Service and Cuban secu-
rity agents, Castro gave an interview to
CBS anchorman Dan Rather and met
,with members ofthe U.S. business com-
munity at the Council on Foreign Rela-
ions, a private think tank.
A handful of irate Cuban Americans
protested outside each stop, shouting
"Murderer, murderer," and "No Castro,
no problem."
After the CBS interview, Castro
signed autographs for network employ-
ees. Mike Wallace and Paula Zahn
emerged from their offices to get a
glimpse of the 68-year-old Cuban
leader. As when he addressed the U.N.
General Assembly on Sunday, Castro
wore a dark business suit, not his cus-
tomary fatigues. He told Rather he was
interested in learning how to make

Cuba's economy "more efficient" and
give it "good leaders."
Comparing the Cuban economy to a
huge U.S. corporation, he said, "The
only difference is that you know how to
manage it well and we don't."
Asked if he believed communism
had failed, Castro replied, "I can tell
you quite the opposite. ... Capitalist
governments have been a failure." He
cited poverty and illiteracy as ex-
French, British leaders
disagree on troop support
France and Britain jointly contribute
the largest share of troops to the U.N.
peacekeeping force in Bosnia.
In their speeches at the United Na-
tions 50th anniversary celebration yes-
terday, French President Jacques Chirac
and British Prime Minister John Major
unexpectedly tripped over each other in
claiming top billing.
"From Cambodia to Bosnia, France
has become the leading contributor of
United Nations troops," Chirac said.
But Major asserted a few minutes
later, "The United Kingdom is the larg-

Gingrich visits, promotes Boys Town
BOYS TOWN, Neb. - Under bleak, gray skies and stiff,
cold wind, House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) yesterday
toured Boys Town, the institution for troubled youth he has
held up as an "alternative to the modern welfare state."
Gingrich sparked a minor uproar late last year when he said
Hillary Rodham Clinton should "go to Bldckbuster and rent
the Mickey Rooney movie about Boys Town" to understand
his calls to overhaul the welfare system and his suggestion that
orphanages would be better than having children remain with
abusive and neglectful parents.
"Orphanages are far better than having children driven into
a lake, put in a dumpster or thrown out a window today," he Gingrich
said yesterday. "Boys Town is far preferable to the kind of
brutality all too many young people are subjected to by today's bureaucra
The House-passed welfare measure that will be wrapped into the big spendir
and-tax cut bill the House is to vote on Thursday would bar federal funds f
children born to welfare recipients and to unwed teen mothers. The administrati
and congressional Democrats say the plan is punitive.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro talks with CBS News anchor Dan Rather during a tour
of the television network's studios in New York City yesterday.

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est contributor of troops to U.N. peace-
keeping operations."
Major said the number of British
troops in Bosnia alone was 8,000. Chirac
gave no figures. U.N. officials, noting
that the number of troops involved in
peacekeeping fluctuates constantly, said
they could tell not tell immediately
which country can rightly claim the
Greenpeace protests
nuclear testing
A Greenpeace activist with a gas-
powered parachute was arrested yester-
day after eluding police in helicopters
and unfurling an anti-nuclear banner in
the sky above the United Nations.
Kai Britt, 33, of Bad Schwartau, Ger-

many, opened the "Stop Nuclear Test-
ing" banner about 700 feet up as Chirac
spoke inside as part of the United Na-
tions' 50th anniversary gathering.
Police chased him for 20 minutes,
finally forcing him down on Roosevelt
Island in the East River across from the
U.N. complex.
He was charged with disorderly con-
duct, reckless endangerment, obstruct-
ing governmental administration and
unlawfully flying overwater-all mis-
demeanors, said Officer Kathy Kelly, a
police spokeswoman.
The demonstration, sponsored by
Greenpeace, was to protest France's re-
cent detonation of two nuclear devices
in the South Pacific, ending a three-year
moratorium on nuclear testing.

AFL-CIO president
opens convention
with call for unity
NEW YORK- With a call for unity
to confront the Republican Congress,
AFL-CIO President Thomas Donahue
opened the annual convention that will
choose between him and a challenger
who claims enough support to take over.
Donahue's address yesterday gener-
ally steered clear of the issues that di-
vide him and John Sweeney, who claims
control of 55 percent of the votes to be
cast by federation delegates represent-
ing more than 13 million workers to-
"It's true that we come here today
divided on the issue of who will lead us
over the next two years," Donahue told
more than 1,000 delegates. "But on Thurs-
day, let there be no question that when we
leave this hall to carry on our work, we
must do so with our divisions healed, our
strength enhanced and our federation more
united than ever before."
In a morning press conference,
Sweeney said he would work to heal
any divisions caused by his candidacy,

but insisted "we're very serious abo
our program for change."
President Clinton told the delegat
he supported increasing the minimu
wage and he called for a tax deductio
for anyone paying for higher educatio
Fan convicted of
murdering singer
HOUSTON - A jury convicted th
former president of the Selena fan clu
yesterday of murdering the belove
Tejano singing star, rejecting Yoland
Saldivar's claim that the gun went o
Saldivar could get as little as proba
tion and as much as life in prison whe
the jury returns today to decide on
Selena, whose full name was Selen
Quintanilla Perez, was 23 when sh
was gunned down March 31 at a Corpu
Christi motel.
Regarded as the Latin Madonna, sh
was a superstar in the world of Tejan
music, a bouncy variety of Mexican
American pop, and was working on he
first English-language recording in hope
of becoming a crossover sensation.

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French cafe owners
demonstrate beneath
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PARIS - Several hundred cafe own-
ers demonstrated beneath the Eiffel Tower
yesterday to protest high.taxes they say
are driving them out of business.
But that's just part of the problem.
Industry insiders say 4,000 bistros a
year are going bust because more French
are eating fast food, shunning ciga-
rettes and booze and simply staying
home, American couch potato-style.
Desperate cafe owners trying to put a
friendly face on sometimes gruff ser-
vice have even taken the extraordinary
step of sending waiters to smile school.
Yet, cafes keep disappearing from the
French landscape almost as quickly as
the steaming cups ofespresso they serve.
"When the last cafe closes, it's the soul
of the village that dies," said Christian
Couderc, owner of a suburban Paris cafe.
Intellectuals and workers alike have
long gathered around small bistro tables
to socialize with neighbors or exchange
news and ideas, making cafes the quint-
essential symbol of French society and
culture. Before World War I, cafes num-
bered more than half a million.
But by 1980, there were just 80,000;
and today there are fewer than 50,000
left. In 1994, more than 1,500 cafes

closed in Paris alone.
The wave of terrorist bombings tha
have killed seven people and wounde
160 since midsummer hasn't helped:
Nearly 70 percent of cafes say busines
is down since the bombings began.
Endangered cats too
expensive, may starve
BEIJING - Saved from extinction
in the wild, 76 rare Manchurian tigers
reportedly could starve to death be-
cause their breeding center can't afford
to feed them.
The tigers at the Hengdaohezi Feline
Breeding and Raising Center in north-
east Heilongjiang province eat three
head of cattle a day. Their food and
medicine cost about $1,200 daily.
The center isn't supported by the
central government, and is more than
$1.2 million in debt, the Beijing Youth
Daily reported yesterday. Banks have
refused to give it any more loans, and
the center said if it doesn't get money,
the tigers will starve.
Researchers found just seven Man-
churian tigers in the wild from 1980 to
1985. The tiger center was set up in
1986 with two tigers, the newspaper
said. It was not clear where the 76 cats
at the center came from, but most, if not
all, were bred in captivity.
- From Daily wire services


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