Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD MIDDLE EAST Christopher Hopeful On Israel-Syria Talks

Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher was hopeful Monday of resuming stalled negotiations between Israel and Syria. Christopher met with Syrian President Hafez Assad for five hours.

Christopher said he would shuttle back to Israel after a brief stop in Jordan and then return to the Syrian capital today. "There's not a done deal," a senior U.S. official said. "He felt both sides were looking for ways to make progress." AP

***** NIGERIA Ex-Military Ruler Arrested In Alleged Plot

One of Nigeria's former military rulers was arrested Monday in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the current junta.

Retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, who headed a military government from 1976 to 1979, was arrested at his farmhouse outside Lagos. r He is among more than 30 people, including some civilians, being questioned in what the government said was a conspiracy to topple the regime of Gen. Sani Abacha. AP

***** NATION WASHINGTON Former Congressman Sentenced To Prison

Former Democratic Rep. Carl Christopher Perkins of Kentucky was sentenced Monday to 21 months in federal prison for improperly obtaining bank loans and misusing campaign money.

Perkins, who was in Congress from 1984 to 1989, was also placed on three years' probation, ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and told to complete any alcohol treatment program deemed necessary by his probation officer.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth did not impose a fine in light of a pre-sentencing report that Perkins was unemployed and faced tax liabilities of about $400,000.

He was allowed to remain free, pending a ruling on his request to be assigned to the federal prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. AP

***** WASHINGTON Britain's Objections To Meeting Dismissed

The White House shrugged off on Monday Britain's objections to a St. …

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