Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor
Orders to United States factories fell 1.4 percent in May, marking the first decline for three straight months in more than two years, the government said yesterday. The Commerce Department said orders for both durable and non-durable goods totaled a seasonally adjusted $249.3 billion, down from $252.8 billion in April and the lowest since $244.0 billion last November.
It was the latest sign of weakness in the manufacturing sector since it began fading last winter after spurting ahead briefly at the end of 1992. Haiti talks progress
UN Special Envoy Dante Caputo yesterday reported progress in talks on restoring democracy to Haiti, despite the military ruler's insistence that many of his colleagues retain power in a civilian government."It was the most important meeting to date," Mr. Caputo said of his session Tuesday with Haiti's military ruler Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras.
Meanwhile in Haiti, a little-known group calling itself "Liberty or Death" sent media outlets a "hit list" Tuesday with names of 80 journalists and supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Information Minister Andre Calixte scolded journalists for reporting on a Sunday police raid of a church. …