Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

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CLAIMS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DROP Applications for state jobless benefits in the United States fell last week to the lowest level in nearly five months, the Labor Department said yesterday in a report that analysts said was an encouraging sign for the economic recovery. The department said initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 12,000 to 327,000 in the week ending July 3. That was down from a revised tally of 339,000 the previous week, and substantially lower than the 340,000 anticipated by Wall Street analysts. But they said the jobs market is far from the growth pace of previous economic recoveries. The more upbeat data came against an increase in the employment rate in June from 6.9 percent to 7 percent, with job creation of only 13,000 nationwide. Nigerian reject deal

The man Nigerians elected president last month blasted his party yesterday for cutting a deal with the military dictator to form an interim government that in all probability excludes him.

"I was elected by the Nigerian people. That is not subject to negotiation," said Moshood Abiola, a billionaire publisher, oilman, and transportation magnate. Mr. Abiola's Social Democrats and the Republicans, the only two legal parties in Nigeria, agreed yesterday to form an interim civilian government to replace the military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. Human rights report

Torture, massacres, and state-sponsored murder were documented on an unprecedented scale in 1992, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said in its annual report yesterday.

The 354-page report said that last year at least 62 countries held "prisoners of conscience," more than 110 governments used torture in their prisons or police stations, and 45 governments executed political opponents and "troublemakers." The report also criticized the first UN Conference on Human Rights in 25 years, held in Vienna last month, because it "restated the human rights principles of the past, instead of dealing with the violations of today and the threats of the future." US returns to Somalia

Two thousand US Marines have arrived in northern Somalia. …

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