Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs/nation/world

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs/nation/world

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MOSCOW Russians, Chechens Agree On A Partial Cease-fire

Russian and Chechen commanders worked out a cease-fire covering heavy weapons Monday amid signs that President Boris Yeltsin was trying to distance himself from the unpopular military operation.

It was not immediately clear exactly what weapons would be affected by the cease-fire. The Russian army has bombed Chechen positions from the air and used a variety of other heavy weapons including tanks and artillery.

The Defense Ministry said follow-up talks would seek to broaden the truce. Reuters

***** PERU Fujimori: Peruvians Take The Last Ecuadoran Post

President Alberto Fujimori said Monday night that Tiwinza, the last post in Ecuadoran hands in a disputed border zone, had been taken by Peruvian soldiers and that a cease-fire would go into effect at noon today (11 a.m. St. Louis time).

He called on Ecuador to cooperate in the cease-fire, and Ecuador said it would cease all hostilities provided it was not attacked.

The fighting over a disputed section of the border began Jan. 26. News Services

***** ALGERIA Head Of National Theater Killed By Gunmen In Algiers

Gunmen killed the head of Algeria's national theater Monday outside the theater in Algiers. Azzedine Medjoubi, 48, was the second leading figure in Algerian theater to be killed in less than a year. Scores of intellectuals have been slain in the conflict pitting Muslim fundamentalists against the army-backed authorities. Reuters

***** HAITI Police Volunteers Overrun Station, Beat Up Officer

Angry at having failed entry tests for a new police academy, law enforcement volunteers overran a northern police station and beat up the duty officer, an international police monitor said Monday.

National television reported Monday night that one member of the interim police force was killed and one volunteer was injured in the attack in Lime, 180 miles north of Port-au-Prince.

The incident happened Saturday night, said Paul Browne, spokesman for the 20-nation International Police Monitor corps.

The attackers were members of a civilian police volunteer corps chosen by townspeople last year to fill the law enforcement vacuum.

Angry that they were being replaced by members of the interim police force and at failing their entrance exams, they ransacked the police station and apparently stole some weapons. AP

***** NATION LOS ANGELES Lawyer Angry That Simpson Wasn't Shackled For Tour

The lawyer representing the family of Nicole Brown Simpson expressed anger Monday that O. …

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