Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD JAPAN Trade Representatives Will Keep Talking

The United States and Japan agreed Saturday to make another attempt to resolve their trade dispute in midweek, but few expect breakthroughs until negotiators are close to Friday's U.S. sanctions deadline.

"We're not there yet, that's for sure. There's no question but that this will go all week," said a U.S. official. The most probable outcome at week's end, according to U.S. sources, is a partial deal and partial sanctions. AP

***** NORTH KOREA Disagreements Over Waste Dump Persist

Technical experts from the United States and North Korea worked Saturday in Geneva on an agreement to resolve a dispute over Pyongyang's nuclear activities, but a senior U.S. official said there were still disagreements.

Communist North Korea again ruled out special inspections of two suspect nuclear waste dumps that the U.S. official insisted had to be included in a final overall settlement.

The official said differences remained in their positions, and he was unable to say that the fresh round of talks which began on Friday had made much progress. Reuters

***** ITALY Designer Confesses To Paying Kickbacks

Giorgio Armani, one of the two big names in Italian fashion implicated in a fraud scandal, confessed Saturday to paying a kickback to tax inspectors in return for easy treatment, his lawyer said in Milan.

Armani, whose clothes sell for up to $10,000 apiece, made the confession to top fraud buster Antonio Di Pietro, who also interrogated designer Gianfranco Ferre Saturday. Armani became the sixth designer to become embroiled in the probe, which threatens to cast a shadow over Milan fashion shows that open this week. Reuters

***** SOUTH AFRICA Shaka Day Celebrated Despite King's Ban

South African Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi defied his king's ban of Shaka Day celebrations in volatile KwaZulu-Natal province Saturday to address a crowd of 10,000 amid heavy security. …

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