Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Events

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NAFTA MEETING ENDS WITHOUT AGREEMENT The United States, Mexico, and Canada wrapped up top-level talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement Aug. 9 after failing yet again to break a bitter impasse over trade sanctions. No more ministerial meetings were announced and the three trade teams left the closed-door talks in taciturn spirits. In last year's election campaign, candidate Bill Clinton endorsed NAFTA but insisted on extra safeguards to ward against import surges and protect workers' rights and the environment, including possible use of sanctions. Deputies will work further on the contentious side deals, which are now threatening the entire pact. German troop accord near

Germany's opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have begun to clear the way for a compromise with Chancellor Helmut Kohl that would let German troops join combat missions abroad for the first time since World War II.

SPD spokeswoman Cornelie Sonntag said on Aug. 10 the party had agreed German soldiers should be allowed to join a United Nations-run mission even if fighting was necessary to ensure its success. This marked a departure for the center-left SPD, which has tried to thwart Mr. Kohl's plans to expand Germany's military role to UN peacekeeping missions. Angolan rebels seize city

The Angolan rebel movement UNITA said on Aug. 10 it had seized part of the city of Quito, where the government claims rebel shelling has killed more than 200 civilians in the past few days. In the nearby rebel capital of Huambo, government air raids have killed more than 200 civilians over the past week, the radio reported.

UNITA signed a peace agreement with the government in 1991 to end the civil war, which had raged since independence from Portugal in 1975. But UNITA returned to the bush after rejecting its defeat by the government in UN-supervised elections last September. Typhoon slashes Japan

Typhoon Robyn, packing winds of up to 90 m.p.h. and dumping heavy rain, tore through southwestern Japan and skirted South Korea's coast on Aug. …

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