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U.S. opposes Taleban in bid for U.N. seat

The United States will oppose awarding the Islamic Taleban movement the Afghan seat at the United Nations, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright said yesterday,

While some governments automatically recognize whoever controls a country, "we pick and choose," Mrs. Albright said.

Based on the Taleban's human rights record, the sanctuary it has provided Osama bin Laden, the suspected head of a terrorism network, and "the way they operate," the United States will oppose giving Taleban the seat, Mrs. Albright said.

Four years after taking control of most of Afghanistan, Taleban has sent a delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Abdur Rahman Zahid to New York to lobby for U.N. recognition.

Travel by Suu Kyi is thwarted again

RANGOON, Burma Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was forced to turn back from a renewed attempt to assert her freedom of movement yesterday, when she tried to board a train out of the capital but authorities refused to issue her a ticket.

The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who tried last month to travel by car out of the capital of Rangoon for political work only to be stopped on the road, renewed her confrontation with the ruling military junta at the train station.

Mrs. Suu Kyi and several colleagues from her National League for Democracy were allowed to go to the railway station, but were kept from boarding four consecutive trains for the 12-hour, 350-mile journey to Mandalay, the country's second-biggest city. They were told that all tickets to Mandalay had been sold out, a party official said.

Mandela hits scourge of AIDS in Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first post-apartheid president, warned yesterday that AIDS was threatening all of Africa, but kept aloof from criticism of his successor, Thabo Mbeki, the current head of state, who questions the link between HIV and AIDS.

"There is one scourge facing the entire continent of Africa and in particular South Africa, and that is HIV/AIDS," Mr. Mandela said.

"The estimate is that some 25 percent of our people suffer from AIDS, that 10 teachers die every month of AIDS and in particular … at one university in this country … a student dies every month of AIDS."

Launcher part found in British bombing

LONDON British police said yesterday they had found part of a rocket launcher in a search for clues to a missile attack on the MI6 spy headquarters.

The small missile struck the eighth floor of the building Wednesday night, slightly damaging the facade but causing no injuries. Police believe renegade Irish guerrillas opposed to Northern Ireland's fragile peace process may be responsible.

The launcher part was found in a park near the high-tech, bomb-proofed building by the River Thames as special police teams scoured the area for forensic evidence.

Arafat offers trade of land for peace

JERUSALEM Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is willing to trade land in the West Bank for territory in Israel, a swap aiming to accommodate Jewish settlers, an American Jewish leader who met with him said yesterday.

Israel and the Palestinians are waiting for the United States to decide whether to offer bridging proposals to break the logjam in their negotiations, officials from both sides said.

The talks are deadlocked over control of holy sites in Jerusalem, though other key issues, including Palestinian refugees, Jewish settlements and borders, have not been resolved.

27 feared drowned in Dominican sinking

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic Twenty-seven persons were believed to have drowned when a Dominican Republic fishing boat sank in stormy waters off Haiti, officials said yesterday.

Six persons were saved, they said.

Bad weather hampered a search by Dominican naval and air force units helped by the U.S. Coast Guard, and there was little hope of finding any more survivors, naval officials said.

Dominican authorities described those on board as fishermen, but reports from Haiti, where the six were rescued, suggested they were migrants hoping to reach the United States.

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