Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

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MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS THREATENED

Palestinians suspended all peace talks with Israel Jan. 12 until it allows home more than 400 people expelled to south Lebanon. But Syria is arguing that some talks are vital to the Arabs and should continue. The Palestinian decision, announced by PLO leader Yasser Arafat, throws the year-old Middle East talks into crisis. The Palestinian position was explained immediately to an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo. The foreign ministers reportedly are already urging the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel if it refuses to let the 400-plus Palestinians go home. Iraqi missiles in north

Iraq is moving around antiaircraft missile batteries in the country's southern and northern no-fly zones in an effort to confuse and provoke the United States-led allies flying patrols there, US officials say. A US Army general said Jan. 12 that the missiles are on operational status in northern Iraq. With the UN Security Council rejecting military retaliation against Iraq for cross-border incursions into Kuwait since Jan. 10, the White House renewed its veiled threat of a response of its own to the missile situation. Honecker can't be tried

Berlin's Constitutional Court said Jan. 12 that former East German leader Erich Honecker was too ill to stand trial but refused to order his immediate release. The court said a decision on Honecker's possible release must be taken by a Berlin criminal court where the former communist leader and three associates are being tried for manslaughter. `Harvard Mouse` hit

The decision to grant a patent for the "Harvard mouse," an animal genetically engineered to develop cancer, was contrary to morality and should be revoked, a coalition of animal welfare groups said Jan. 12. Representatives of the coalition, led by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and Compassion in World Farming, said inventions that were "contrary to morality" broke the European Patent Convention. …

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