Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD

NEW ZEALAND

No Party Wins Majority In Parliamentary Elections New Zealand's voters gave neither of the two major parties a majority in parliamentary elections Sunday, thereby giving the right-wing third party (called the New Zealand First Party) a key voice in choosing a prime minister. Winston Peters, head of the firsters, has promised a return to traditional values and "a New Zealand controlled by New Zealanders," a slogan some see as anti-immigrant and racist. The ruling conservative party got 34 percent of the vote, while the opposition Labor Party had 28 percent. The Firsters got 13 percent. Peters claims that too many Asian immigrants to New Zealand have"no commitment" to the country. AP BURUNDI Warring Tribes In Civil War Agree To Try Negotiations Under pressure from seven other African nations, Burundi's warring tribes, the minority Tutsis and majority Hutus, have agreed to negotiate an to end their three-year civil war that has claimed 150,000 lives. The agreement came at a summit meeting of the leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Zaire, Zambia and Cameroon in Arusha, Tanzania, Saturday. It was one of the first hopeful signs for an end to ethnic bloodletting that began in 1993 when Tutsi paratroopers killed Burundi's first democratically elected Hutu president. Burundi's 6 million population is 85 percent Hutus, who are fed up with the control that the Tutsis, a 14 percent minority, have over the military, government and economy. AP CHINA Former Student Leader Faces Charge Of Treason Former student leader Wang Dan has been charged in Beijing with plotting to overthrow the government, his mother said Saturday. If convicted, Wang faces at least 10 years in prison. Wang was an agitator during the student demonstrations in Beijing in 1989. After tanks and troops quelled the Tiananmen Square protests, the government designated Wang No. 1 on its most-wanted list. He served four years in prison for counterrevolutionary agitation but resumed campaigning for political reform when released in 1993. Police took him into custody May 21, 1995, after he signed and organized petitions calling for tolerance and freedom. …

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