Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD

BOLIVIA

Gore Urges Responsibility For Natural Environment Vice President Al Gore called on members of a hemispheric economic summit at Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Saturday to preserve the natural environment as they meet the needs of the poor. "We cannot be custodians of our freedom if we are not custodians of our environment," Gore said. AP *** INDIA Mother Teresa Working From Her Hospital Ward Mother Teresa, still suffering from a lung infection, resumed working from her hospital ward in Calcutta Saturday, meeting with nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded, and giving them instructions on running the order during her illness. A communique from the B.M. Birla Heart Research Center said the 86-year-old Nobel laureate's condition was becoming gradually more stable and that she was gaining strength. AP *** GHANA President Rawlings Vows To Continue His Reforms Jerry Rawlings, the first president in Ghana's 39-year history to avoid being toppled in a coup, promised to continue his economic reform policies if elected to second term. Saturday's polling pitted Rawlings, 49, a flamboyant former fighter pilot who led successful coups in 1979 and 1981, against John Agyekum Kufuor, 57, who has vowed to raise living standards and end corruption. Kufuor noted in his campaign that notwithstanding Ghana's claim as the most stable economy in west Africa, inflation stands at 37 percent and unemployment is between 20 and 30 percent. Ten people were killed Wednesday when a truck slammed into a line of people waiting to greet Kufuor at a campaign rally. The crowd then beat the truck driver to death, claiming he was a Rawlings backer. AP *** BURMA Police Turn Fire Hoses On Student Demonstrators Burmese police broke up a night demonstration in Rangoon early Saturday, turning fire hoses on hundreds of students protesting police brutality. The demonstration was the most recent in a wave of street protests since Burma's military regime used troops to crush a pro-democracy uprising in 1988. …

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