At Paris peace talks on Cambodia, Secretary of State James Baker III said July 18 that the United States would open a dialogue with Vietnam to keep the feared Khmer Rouge guerrillas from returning to power in Cambodia. Meanwhile, high-level delegations from India and Pakistan met July 18 on how to ease tension over Kashmir, their first formal meeting since a popular uprising erupted in the disputed region in January. Japan and China ended two days of high-level talks here July 18 with an agreement to increase scientific exchanges, signaling further improvements in ties between the two nations, a senior Japanese trade official said. In the Philippines, strong aftershocks to an earthquake that killed 311 people rocked the northern Philippines July 18, sending rescue workers scrambling from crushed buildings where hundreds of people were trapped. MIDDLE EAST
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in a July 17 broadcast on Baghdad radio accused the United States of plotting with some Gulf Arab states to undermine world oil prices. In Lebanon, the Palestine Liberation Organization official warned pro-Iranian Hizbollah fighters July 18 to withdraw from a recently captured village in south Lebanon within 24 hours or face confrontation with Palestinian guerrillas. The Israeli Supreme Court July 17 quashed the emergency powers granted to Housing Minister Ariel Sharon to rush construction of 3,000 new apartments to house a wave of Soviet Jewish immigrants.
More than 70 percent of the French-speaking residents of Quebec favor sovereignty for the province, according to a poll published July 16 that suggests the gulf between French and English Canada has widened since the collapse of the Meech Lake constitutional accord last month. …