Exit Polls Show Cordoso Likely To Win
Fernando Henrique Cardoso was expected to win Monday's election
for the presidency of Brazil, according to exit polls. Cardoso, who
tamed Brazil's inflation as finance minister, received 45 percent
of the vote, according to a poll by the Gallup Institute. His
closest rival, socialist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, received 25
The six other candidates polled 17 percent, while 12 percent of
voters cast blank or null ballots, according to the Estado de Sao
Paulo newspaper, which commissioned the Gallup survey. The
official vote-counting was to start this morning. Voters were also
choosing 27 state governors, 54 of the 81 senators, all 513 lower
house deputies and 1,059 state legislators.
U.S. And U.N. Split On NATO Airstrikes
The United Nations balked Monday when Defense Secretary William
Perry asked for support for intensified NATO airstrikes against
Bosnian Serb forces.
After a closed-door meeting lasting nearly three hours in
Split, the U.N.'s top official in Bosnia made no firm commitment to
the airstrike proposal.
Perry and Yasushi Akashi, the U.N. special representative in
the region, said they had drawn closer to a "convergence of
But Akashi said the safety of U.N. peacekeepers, not the
forcefulness of NATO airstrikes, remained the top priority. Asked
whether he agreed that the United Nations would allow tougher
airstrikes, Akashi said, "I can't comment on that."
Warlord Issues Demands To U.N. Allies
Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid marked the anniversary
Monday of a battle that killed 18 Americans by making renewed
demands for compensation from Washington and the United Nations.
During the clash a year ago, the body of a U.S. soldier was
dragged through the streets of Mogadishu as Aidid's supporters
laughed and cheered. The battle marked the beginning of the end of
U.S. involvement in Somalia. The last U.S. soldiers withdrew March
Aidid told a rally organized to commemorate the battle that
relations among Somalia, the United States and the United Nations
were linked to payment of compensation for the loss of Somalian
lives at the hands of "foreign aggressors." He did not specify an
Clinton Makes Appeal For Trade Pact
President Bill Clinton, preaching to open-trade advocates from
Congress and five previous administrations, said Monday that
failure to pass a new world trade agreement this year could cost
the U.S. economy $70 billion.
"The work has been done, the path to the future is clear, our
obligations are plain . . . and let's do it now and do it this
year," Clinton said.
At issue is a market-opening revision of the 123-nation General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The trade pact would cut global
tariffs by an average of 40 percent and would provide a new
The House is scheduled to vote on the agreement Wednesday; the
Senate will vote on Dec. 1.
NASA Explores Rwanda's Wild Kingdom
Wildlife researchers driven out of war-ravaged Rwanda are
counting on the space shuttle Endeavour to help save the world's
remaining 650 mountain gorillas. …