Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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FBI CHIEF EXPECTED TO RESIGN OR BE FIRED Embattled Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation William Sessions was told by Clinton administration officials on Saturday that he must quit or be fired, perhaps as early as Monday. When he left the meeting, Sessions was clearly distracted: He tripped over a curb and injured his elbow. Sessions was said to be staying in a hospital overnight, which could temporarily delay the ultimatum to resign. The FBI director has been under scrutiny for abusing travel and other privileges of his office. President Clinton was said to be interviewing possible successors. Japanese elections

Exit polls and early results from a national election Sunday showed Japan's Liberal Democrats, who led the country to affluence and then were sullied by corruption, likely to lose power for the first time since 1955. Most results were expected by midnight.

With no one party likely to win a majority, the direction of Japanese politics will hinge on an alignment of parties into coalitions. But analysts say the election could promote the development of a more effective political opposition to counterbalance the still- dominant Liberal Democrats. Somali retaliation

Somali warlord, Gen. Mohamed Farah Aideed, accused of masterminding an ambush of UN peacekeepers last month, urged supporters Sunday to rise up against UN forces in retaliation for US-led bombings. Aideed is in hiding, and his statement was read over loudspeakers at a Mogadishu rally.

Italian envoys met UN and US officials in Mogadishu this weekend to try to defuse a dispute with the UN over its demand for the recall of the Italian forces commander in Somalia. Italian newspapers said Sunday the dispute had been calmed, and the UN was withdrawing its demand for the recall of Gen. Bruno Loi. A rift had developed with the UN following fierce Italian criticism of attacks by US helicopters last week on a command center of Aideed's. Liberia peace pact

Liberia's warring factions reached agreement on a peace package Saturday, including a cease-fire, an interim government, and free elections. …

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