Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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World

England

`Daddy, Daddy,' Sobs Defendant, 11

One of two 11-year-old boys accused of luring a toddler from a crowded shopping mall in Liverpool and battering him to death sobbed and whispered "Daddy, Daddy" as a prosecutor in Preston described the crime Monday.

The body of the toddler, 2-year-old James Bulger, was dumped on a railroad track, where it was cut in two by a train, the prosecutor said.

The boys, who were 10 at the time of the slaying, on Feb. 12, are the youngest children in Britain ever to be charged with murder. Their arrests created a national furor, raising fears of a decline in British morals amid a rising rate of juvenile crime. AP

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RUSSIA

New Panel To Monitor Human Rights

Russian President Boris Yeltsin has set up a commission composed of former Soviet dissidents, lawyers, cultural figures and government officials to monitor human rights in Russia, according to a decree published Monday.

Yeltsin appointed Sergei Kovalyev, a friend of the late academician and prominent dissident Andrei Sakharov, to head the commission. Yelena Bonner, Sakharov's widow, and liberal Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev are members of the 14-member commission, along with Igor Golembiovsky, editor in chief of a newspaper, Izvestia. Reuters

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GEORGIAN REPUBLIC

Russian Forces Clash Again With Rebels

Russian soldiers killed several Georgian rebels in their worst clashes since Russia was drawn into the civil war in the former Soviet republic, a senior officer said Monday.

Meanwhile, soldiers loyal to Georgian leader Eduard A. Shevardnadze recaptured Senaki, a key railway junction, early Monday. They forced back rebels who had seized the town over the weekend, Georgian officials said.

Russian soldiers came under fire in two places in western Georgia on Sunday and shot back, said Maj. Gen. Boris Djukov. He would not say how many rebels were killed but said the Russians had taken no casualties. Russian soldiers were deployed last week to guard important railway lines under an agreement with Shevardnadze's government. AP

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NATION

BANKING SCANDAL

State Backs Clifford Bid For Dismissal

Prosecutors asked a court to drop bribery and fraud charges against Clark M. Clifford, saying the former defense secretary was too ill to stand trial in connection with the Bank of Commerce and Credit International scandal.

"The diminished ability of the defendant to be present and participate in his defense makes a long and complex trial manifestly impracticable," Assistant District Attorney Harold J. Wilson said in papers filed Monday with state Supreme Court Justice John A.K. Bradley.

Bradley, who is on vacation, indicated at a hearing last month that he was inclined to grant a dismissal motion filed by a defense attorney, Charles Stillman. …

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