Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD EGYPT Muslim Leaders Decry Attack On Writer

Muslim religious leaders joined writers and intellectuals Saturday in denouncing the attack on Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz in Cairo.

Mahfouz, a Nobel laureate in literature, was stabbed several times in the neck Friday as he stepped out of his apartment. The attackers are believed to be Muslim extremists who have pronounced a death sentence on Mahfouz for what they consider his blasphemous depiction of religious figures. Mahfouz was reported in fair condition at a Cairo hospital.

The Egyptian Organization for Human rights called the stabbing "intellectual terrorism," and Egypt's chief Muslim official, Grand Mufti Sheik Said Tantawi, called it a violation of Islamic law. AP

***** BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Food Supply Gets Through To Sarajevo

Three United Nations relief convoys carrying almost 500 tons of food reached Sarajevo Saturday despite disruption of aid routes by fighting. asb

Kris Janowski of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the convoys used a section of road between the Adriatic and the Bosnian capital that Serbs have been shelling steadily for two days. The bombardment closed the road to U.N. traffic at least twice within 24 hours. Reuters

***** SWITZERLAND Talks With North Korea Hit A Snag

Negotiations in Geneva between the United States and North Korea on easing nuclear tensions snarled Saturday, dashing hopes of an imminent breakthrough.

"Today's negotiations were faced with a very difficult situation because of the unnacceptable and abnormal position raised by the U.S. delegation," North Korean spokesman Ho Jong said. …

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