Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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BURUNDI Closed Border Halts Rwandan Refugees

Balancing mattresses, suitcases, water bottles and sacks of food on their heads, 50,000 refugees tried to flee from Burundi on Friday before being forced to halt when Tanzania closed the border.

Most of the refugees - who arrived from neighboring Rwanda only last year - were expected to spend the night along the road while waiting to see if the border reopened today.

The new exodus was prompted by an attack Monday by armed men in one of seven Rwandan refugee camps near the north-central Burundi town of Ngozi. Twelve Rwandan refugees were killed and 22 wounded by unknown attackers at the Majuri camp.

AP

***** YUGOSLAVIA Security Council Renews Peacekeeping Mission

The U.N. Security Council has renewed until Nov. 30 the U.N. peacekeeping mission in what used to be Yugoslavia, splitting the 40,000-strong force into three separate, interlocking commands - for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Macedonia.

One of three resolutions adopted unanimously in quick succession Friday also changed the mandate of the contingent in Croatia after President Franjo Tudjman had threatened to evict the U.N. soldiers.

He relented in March on condition that the force be reduced and that U.N. troops, serving mainly as a buffer between Croats and separatist Serbs, also staff border areas to prevent the flow of troops and weapons to the Serbs.

Reuters

***** FRANCE 10 Guilty; Collapse Of Bleachers Killed 17

Ten people were convicted Friday in the collapse of stadium stands in 1992 in Bastia, Corsica, that killed 17 and injured more than 1,900.

The 10 were sentenced to up to two years in prison and fined $6,000. Survivors and relatives of victims burned tires outside the courthouse to protest penalties that they thought were too light.

The hastily built bleachers were added to accommodate 3,500 extra fans at Furiani stadium on May 5, 1992. …

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